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5GW nuclear reactor with 17 water pipes

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2023 3:27 pm
by mboxdk
Most likely it's not the reactor itself, I just want to show the approach how to reduce the number of pipes supplying water to the reactor if there are no lakes nearby.
It's also possible to use only 5 pipes (pumps) but you can't get through them.

Pros:
100% of theoretical efficiency.
17 Water pipes instead of 43-50 (I used 3000 u/sec flow).
Compact as possible and symmetrical.
Manually balanced by single constant combinator.

Cons:
No auto balancing, no super duper smart features. (there was no need for me).
Very expensive. A lot of pumps, pipes, tanks..
No smart design, not tileable.
No fuel cell saving.
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Re: 5GW nuclear reactor with 17 water pipes

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:55 am
by coppercoil
There also is another approach: decompress water to 2 x 1500 when arrived to nuclear station, this gives more flexibility for station design.

Re: 5GW nuclear reactor with 17 water pipes

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2023 1:26 pm
by mboxdk
coppercoil wrote:
Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:55 am
There also is another approach: decompress water to 2 x 1500 when arrived to nuclear station, this gives more flexibility for station design.
Unfortunately no. 1500 is 7 pipes max - not good. I'm the opposite - I compress to 12000 and it's goes through the station. Flexibility does not suffer.

Re: 5GW nuclear reactor with 17 water pipes

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2023 4:45 pm
by coppercoil
Maybe "flexibility" was not the best word. Yes, we can make crazy things in Factorio, but some designs look unnatural, awkward, ugly, and vice versa. I think pipeline of pipes is slightly better than pipeline made of tanks, YMMV.