Hello fellow nuclear engineers,
When I upgraded to Minecraft 1.3.2 and the new IC2 reactor system, I was unsatisfied with the reactor builds posted here. I wanted to start a new world SSP, and they all seemed so... unbalanced. I found resource-eating powerhouses, and very highpowered breeders, most of it full with quad-cells and neutron reflectors... all not to my liking. Although maybe i didn't look enough
My reactor design should be:
-cheap (mainly diamond-wise)
-not burning metals (no quad cells, no reflectors)
...and should not require too much management on my part.
Since it's quite efficient to separate the uranium from the cooling components nowadays, stuffing the separation space with depleted isotopes came naturally...
so, here are the designs I came up with:
The Marathon I:
A very small self-sustaining reactor. It's a cold breeder which comes out with 60 Eu-Tick at 3 efficiency, and is very much fire-and-forget. Stuff it with cells and walk away. After a cycle, you got your new cells ready. No extra breeder needed, and I think i got the design pretty cost-efficient.
I designed it, but did not use it in my game. I tried to do a bigger version of it, which is what I ended up using finally:
The Marathon II:
A full 6-chamber self-breeding reactor. It runs on 8 single cells outputting 140 EU at 3,5 efficiency. From a cold start you can easily breed the 8 cells for the next cycle in it, but you have to change the breeding cells mid-cycle.
I'm running a slightly overclocked version using stacks of 10 heating cells and copper reactor plating, because I noticed too late that you don't need them (at least the copper plating helps not to get me radiated). This gives me a nice surplus of re-enriched cells. Changing the cells is no hassle with buildcraft and logisticpipes, and I will try auto-refilling it with uranium cells too, but I'm going to put it into a nice case of reinforced stone first, just in case .
So, I thought they might be worth a share since I registered here anyways...
Have fun, and maybe gimme some feedback