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by foamy
Tue Oct 25, 2022 3:19 am
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: Power controller for mixing solar with steam/nuclear power
Replies: 23
Views: 1460

Re: Power controller for mixing solar with steam/nuclear power

It means, the factory is powered by single steam engine in the time of test. This is not the case. If you read more than just the core principles, you see that during the time of the test the power plant is always connected. And before you ask, no, the accumulators are not connected during the test...
by foamy
Fri Oct 21, 2022 4:02 am
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Change fuel inventories to what cargo wagons use
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: Change fuel inventories to what cargo wagons use

Honestly, I wouldn't mind this being possible for every inventory in the game, possibly up to and including the player's. I'd love to be able to filter chests like this as well. Or cars, or tanks, or Spidertrons (although spideys at least can use lognets to similar-ish effect).
by foamy
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Ideas and Suggestions
Topic: Blueprint Edit - Ability to Zoom In/Out
Replies: 48
Views: 12572

Re: Blueprint Edit - Ability to Zoom In/Out

Zoom and pan controls in the blueprint screen would be a fantastic help.
by foamy
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What are the most impractical items in Factorio?
Replies: 88
Views: 20127

Re: What are the most impractical items in Factorio?

I'm gonna build myself a nuclear plant using burner inserters just for kicks :p
by foamy
Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:59 pm
Forum: Implemented Suggestions
Topic: Can you add a clock to the game?
Replies: 45
Views: 5995

Re: Can you add a clock to the game?

The reason they have not done this is because it will break multiplayer completely. Os.time() will be different for every player and cause an instant desync. There are multiple mods that track time according to game ticks. To get real-life time, you will need an overlay widget from the operating sy...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf v3, Modular 1-4 cores book : 40-480MW, All the bells and whistles
Replies: 54
Views: 15546

Re: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf, Modular 1-4 cores book : 40-480MW, Lossless, Two power grids, All the bells and whistles

You said you only enable the sink when the normal feed backlogs. At 50% duty cycle all the steam should just drain away. I don't think so? If there's a 50% load, the test exchanger will be producing, but it'll be producing at 100% unlike all the other exchangers (because you've given it guaranteed ...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

And yes, ideally I would not want any part of the factory to be idle and drain power. But the people who design their base with tons of power switches so they can turn parts on and of on demand are few and far between. I would say 99.9% of people just let belts backlog and cause assemblers to sit i...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf v3, Modular 1-4 cores book : 40-480MW, All the bells and whistles
Replies: 54
Views: 15546

Re: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf, Modular 1-4 cores book : 40-480MW, Lossless, Two power grids, All the bells and whistles

Yes, between ticks there is no accumulation of the error ( other than the accuracy of the floats, which is irrelevant in practice) as the fractions just roll over into the next tick. The error is at most 1 unit at each measurement. But then you refill. That destroys the fraction you have not yet co...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

It doesn't need consitent flow, if you have buffer you can use them to smooth out the chaotic consumtpion. You create arbitrary interval of time based on your buffer capacity, and every interval you refill the energy from the previous. This requires to have enough heat/Steam buffered to handle one ...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

And yes, ideally I would not want any part of the factory to be idle and drain power. But the people who design their base with tons of power switches so they can turn parts on and of on demand are few and far between. I would say 99.9% of people just let belts backlog and cause assemblers to sit i...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

@mmmPI: I've lost track of this argument a bit, I think, but I believe what you're saying is that you can use things like science output as a proxy for how much power you need to produce? And, earlier, it also looked like you were talking about the player manually regulating the feed rate to reactor...
by foamy
Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf v3, Modular 1-4 cores book : 40-480MW, All the bells and whistles
Replies: 54
Views: 15546

Re: Perfect Nuclear Cloverleaf, Book of modular 1-4 cores : 40-480MW, Losseless, two power grids, all the bells and whis

Monitoring the buffer is a bit trickier, but can again be done in constant-space, and has some benefits over using tanks to do so to boot. It keys on the fact that all turbines on the same grid will experience the same proportional draw, so if you can measure the flow rate into one you know exactly...
by foamy
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

how much temperature difference I use vs how much is left for that hot/cold temperature difference For example you can have your reactor going 600~1000°C and your coldest heat exchanger 500~900°C in my design the reactors were 750° when the furthest exchanger was 510° when under full load for long ...
by foamy
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

Also, in your case, of heatpipes as capacitor, you dont have a tool too measure amount of heat stored in plant, so you dont know when insert new cell, so , as result, in case of irregular usage, probably with combination of solars and some burners, or simple bug attack repelled by lasers you will f...
by foamy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Gameplay Help
Topic: Help needed regarding bus lanes
Replies: 12
Views: 2049

Re: Help needed regarding bus lanes

IMO, Gears are not really worth putting on the bus, as their main use is in the Mall (and Combat Minimall, if that stuff is not rolled into your main Mall), and to a minor degree in several Sciences (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow). For a decent 10:12:10:24:14:14 (Red, Green, Grey, Blue, Yellow, Purple s...
by foamy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

Really, you only need one solar panel to slowwwwwly drive one nuc's feed pumps and loading inserters, everything else will cascade-start. Only if you do some fancy grid prioritization trickery to make the plant power itself over doing anything else, a simpler method of which is to tap into the plan...
by foamy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

Which means the burner inserter that refuel the ejection inserter will do a swing every 40 days, which means it will need to confiscate one fuel to refuel itself every: 17 285.7143 x 3 457 142.86= 59 759 183 772.245 sec, 5.9E10 sec, that's 691 657 days, or 1894 years. make an independent power circ...
by foamy
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

(Note: I have encountered people whose 'solution' to any given production issue is 'eh, stick a chest in there somewhere', including the sciences . Baffles me. Science is the one thing you have absolutely no need to buffer whatsoever (excepting space, I suppose), because it's produced continuously ...
by foamy
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

Also modded games can make correcting the supply chain a very long thing ! I know buffer are not popular but i like them. I don't mind buffers in continuous-flow systems where everything that goes into a buffer will eventually be consumed. Some of it's necessary (and unavoidable) in simply processi...
by foamy
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Energy Production
Topic: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant
Replies: 259
Views: 36988

Re: All the different ways to increase the efficiency of a nuclear power plant

Note: The fuel check in my designs, or any design that uses the removal of the spend fuel cell as trigger, is necessary. If you ever remove a spend fuel cell without a fresh fuel cell to put into the reactor the setup dies. That's really the only argument I need. This issue is specific to memory-le...

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