Utility that connects two independent machines in a single mechanical environment
The Shared Environment block provides a nonphysical connection between two independent mechanical block diagrams, or submachines. The block carries no inertia, adds no joints, imposes no constraints, and transfers no motion, force, or torque between the SimMechanics™ blocks to which it is connected.
You can use this block to connect two independent machines into one machine, so that the two submachines then share the same machine environment. Making this connection does not change the structure or dynamics of either submachine.
The Shared Environment block features two general-purpose SimMechanics connector ports . To connect two machines to each other so that they share the same machine environment, connect each of these ports to either:
Another general-purpose connector port
A Body coordinate system (CS) port
This block diagram illustrates a valid composite machine formed by connecting two separate machines with a Shared Environment block. The composite machine requires and contains one and only one Machine Environment block.