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Set property value corresponding to stereotype applied to element



setProperty(element,propertyName,propertyValue,propertyUnits) sets the value and units of the property specified in the propertyName argument. Set the property corresponding to an applied stereotype by qualified name "<profile>.<stereotype>.<property>".


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In this example, weight is a property of the stereotype sysComponent.

Create a model with a component called "Component".

model = systemcomposer.createModel("archModel",true);
arch = get(model,"Architecture");
comp = addComponent(arch,"Component");

Create a profile with a stereotype and properties, open the Profile Editor, then apply the profile to the model.

profile = systemcomposer.profile.Profile.createProfile("LatencyProfile");
latencybase = profile.addStereotype("LatencyBase");

Apply the stereotype to the component, and set a new weight property.


In this example, description is a property of the stereotype sysComponent.

Create a model with a component called Component.

model = systemcomposer.createModel("archModel",true);
arch = get(model,"Architecture");
comp = addComponent(arch,"Component");

Create a profile with a stereotype, then apply the profile to the model. Open the Profile Editor.

profile = systemcomposer.profile.Profile.createProfile("sysProfile");
base = profile.addStereotype("sysComponent");

Apply the stereotype to the component, and set a new description property.

expression = sprintf("'%s'","component description")

Set the AutoProfile.System.Cost property on the FOB Locator System component.

Launch the keyless entry system project.


Load the model and find the FOB Locator System component.

model = systemcomposer.loadModel("KeylessEntryArchitecture");
comp = lookup(model,Path="KeylessEntryArchitecture/FOB Locator System");

Set the Cost property on the component.


Input Arguments

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Name of property, specified as a character vector or string in the form '<profile>.<stereotype>.<property>'.

Data Types: char | string

Value of property, specified as a character vector or string. Specify string values in the form sprintf("'%s'",'<contents of string>'). For more information, see Apply a Stereotype and Set String Property Value.

Data Types: char | string

Units of property to interpret property values, specified as a character vector or string.

Data Types: char | string

More About

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TermDefinitionApplicationMore Information

A System Composer™ architecture represents a system of components and how they interface with each other structurally and behaviorally. You can represent specific architectures using alternate views.

Different types of architectures describe different aspects of systems:

  • Functional architecture describes the flow of data in a system.

  • Logical architecture describes the intended operation of a system.

  • Physical architecture describes the platform or hardware in a system.

Compose Architecture Visually

A System Composer model is the file that contains architectural information, including components, ports, connectors, interfaces, and behaviors.

Perform operations on a model:

  • Extract the root-level architecture contained in the model.

  • Apply profiles.

  • Link interface data dictionaries.

  • Generate instances from model architecture.

A System Composer model is stored as an SLX file.

Create Architecture Model with Interfaces and Requirement Links

A component is a nontrivial, nearly independent, and replaceable part of a system that fulfills a clear function in the context of an architecture. A component defines an architectural element, such as a function, a system, hardware, software, or other conceptual entity. A component can also be a subsystem or subfunction.

Represented as a block, a component is a part of an architecture model that can be separated into reusable artifacts.


A port is a node on a component or architecture that represents a point of interaction with its environment. A port permits the flow of information to and from other components or systems.

There are different types of ports:

  • Component ports are interaction points on the component to other components.

  • Architecture ports are ports on the boundary of the system, whether the boundary is within a component or the overall architecture model.


Connectors are lines that provide connections between ports. Connectors describe how information flows between components or architectures.

A connector allows two components to interact without defining the nature of the interaction. Set an interface on a port to define how the components interact.


TermDefinitionApplicationMore Information

A stereotype is a custom extension of the modeling language. Stereotypes provide a mechanism to extend the architecture language elements by adding domain-specific metadata.

Apply stereotypes to model elements such as root-level architecture, component architecture, connectors, ports, data interfaces, value types, and functions. Functions only apply to software architectures. A model element can have multiple stereotypes. Stereotypes provide model elements with a common set of property fields, such as mass, cost, and power.

Extend Architectural Design Using Stereotypes

A property is a field in a stereotype. You can specify property values for each element to which the stereotype is applied.

Use properties to store quantitative characteristics, such as weight or speed, that are associated with a model element. Properties can also be descriptive or represent a status. You can view and edit the properties of each element in the architecture model using the Property Inspector.


A profile is a package of stereotypes to create a self-consistent domain of element types.

Author profiles and apply profiles to a model using the Profile Editor. You can store stereotypes for a project in one profile or in several. When you save profiles, they are stored in XML files.

TermDefinitionApplicationMore Information
physical subsystem

A physical subsystem is a Simulink® subsystem with Simscape™ connections.

A physical subsystem with Simscape connections uses a physical network approach suited for simulating systems with real physical components and represents a mathematical model.

Describe Component Behavior Using Simscape
physical port

A physical port represents a Simscape physical modeling connector port called a Connection Port (Simscape).

Use physical ports to connect components in an architecture model or to enable physical systems in a Simulink subsystem.

Define Physical Ports on Component
physical connector

A physical connector can represent a nondirectional conserving connection of a specific physical domain. Connectors can also represent physical signals.

Use physical connectors to connect physical components that represent features of a system to simulate mathematically.

Architecture Model with Simscape Behavior for a DC Motor
physical interface

A physical interface defines the kind of information that flows through a physical port. The same interface can be assigned to multiple ports. A physical interface is a composite interface equivalent to a Simulink.ConnectionBus object that specifies any number of Simulink.ConnectionElement objects.

Use a physical interface to bundle physical elements to describe a physical model using at least one physical domain.

Specify Physical Interfaces on Ports
physical element

A physical element describes the decomposition of a physical interface. A physical element is equivalent to a Simulink.ConnectionElement object.

Define the Type of a physical element as a physical domain to enable use of that domain in a physical model.

Describe Component Behavior Using Simscape

Version History

Introduced in R2019a