-The best reactor setup is a line 2xn, We have only one direction to build it;) No fractals.kovarex wrote: It shouldn't make the efficient nuclear setups impossible, it should force you to build heat pipes shorter and branch faster.
The original idea of the whole heatpipe system was to force some kind of fractal designs, which is probably not going to happen, but this should be at least closer.
-It seems that to make make fractals more attractive, the setup have to require large area spanned by pipes. Now we just make steam as fast as possible and push it outside. To make big fractals, energy transfer by pipes have to be more attractive than to transport steam, so I would build turbine next to exchanger (maybe hot steam loosing temperature?). Now we went deeper into opposite situation.
-The -1 degree penalty made branching less attractive. Without it if pipe branch, the temperature drop on each tile if divided by 2 (assuming equal load). With additional constant drop is less.
I tough it was broken because unconnected pipes keep temperature gradient, but malventano explained it was side effect ot the new "-1degree" mechanic. Sorry. My later posts are about why I think linear resistance is still better, but this is only a opinion, not a complain;-)kovarex wrote: The point was to not make 52 tiles long heat pipe viable, so it is not a bug. You just need to update your designs.
My reactor still works (I'm using heat pipes to store energy (500MJ/tile, quite OP:)), so I need less heat exchangers per reactor than people who store in steam), and in sandbox I can draw 390MW from one double line, without too many problems one can draw all power from arbitrarily long 2xn setup.
I don't mind less efficiency (nuclear power still is the best energy source), just that flat drop itches my inner physicist Why long pipes can't be discouraged by increasing heat resistance? So it drops more than current 0.065C/(tile*MW). Effect is similar, we can draw too much power from the end of long line because temperature drop, and there is no effect of diminishing return with pipe branching.
Also, as always, great work!