Neutron tube is a widely used small-scale accelerator-type neutron source, it is mainly made up of the storage, ion source, acceleration system, target and other parts. One of the important parameters of neutron tube is ion source current and its stability, which has a direct impact on the amount of neutron tube production and stability. Ion source current depends on storage heating current and it is hysteresis controlled object. This paper presents a kind of nonlinear PID controller and the control method is applied to ion source current control by using B&R PCC controller, the stability of current is not more than 2%, which meet the requirements of high-quality neutron tube.

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