Custom object class array initilization within Simulink Matlab Function Block

The summary of my question is I need know how to preallocate an array of custom objects in a way that is compatible with Simulink when using the Matlab Function block in Simulink.

Details: I am attempting to port over some code I have written in Matlab to run as a function in Simulink using the “Matlab Function” block. I have created a custom class called “pulse.” (minimal example at the bottom of this question). I want to be able to initialize an array of these pulse objects. My Matlab code works fine now with the call:

pulse_array(1:2,1:4) = pulse;

This creates a 2x4 array of pulse objects as expected. The problem I am having is when I use my code within Simulink. When I try to run this same line within the Simulink Matlab Function block I get the error:

Undefined function or variable ‘pulse_array’. The first assignment to a local variable determines its class.

It looks to me like the coder doesn’t know that pulse_array should be a pulse object. To try to fix this, I tried to intialize pulse_array as a pulse object and then expand the array with for loops:

pulse_array = pulse;
for i = 1:2
for j = 1:4
pulse_array(i,j) = pulse;
end
end

Simulink didn’t like that either, as the loop trys to specify pulse_array(1,2) when it believed the size of pulse_array is 1x1 (I get size mismatch errors, which isn’t totally unexpected). I understand this, as coder needs to know the size of the array…..this is why I tried the initial call of pulse_array(1:2,1:4) = pulse.

Any help would be….extremely helpful.

classdef pulse   
properties
A %Amplitude
end
methods
function obj = pulse(A)
if nargin>0 %Allows for array construction https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/matlab_oop/initialize-object-arrays.html
obj.A = A;
end
end
end
end

ANSWER

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According to the documentation for MATLAB Classes for Code generation, creation of arrays of objects is not supported yet. As a workaround, you could define a cell — array to store the objects, as such:

pulse_array = cell(2,4);
for idx = 1 : 8
pulse_array{idx} = pulse;
end
pulse_array = 2×4 cell array {1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse}
{1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse} {1×1 pulse}

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