Yeah, I know that the second example wouldn't exactly work like that because the middle one can't be filled with Uranium. It was mere an example... a proof of concept that the reactors could be shifted by 3 tiles and still connect to one another perfectly (which wouldn't be possible with 5x5 reactors).IronCartographer wrote:Each reactor core needs direct fueling/emptying so it can't be completely enclosed like your second example shows.
Partial overlap (like beacon coverage tiling) might make things more interesting, along with using robots to transfer reactor products to the inner structures. But at that point there's the question of heat and whether reactors can transfer it between themselves or if you have to have a heat pipe connection to all of them--and if so, whether or not heat pipes can go underground.
And I hope that the heat can transfer between reactors... but even if not there would still be some space to get the heat pipes out from the middle reactor of the 3rd example... if there are underground heatpipes for them as well.