Nuclear Physics 101
Welcome, to the Industrial Craft School of Nuclear-arity!
Here, we shall give some tips and tricks to avoid turning your new home into a melting slag heap!
Step 1: Finding Uranium Ore
There is no easy way to find Uranium Ore short of mining, mining, mining. It appears randomly in very small veins, and has been seen on the surface at sea level. It also appears rarely in the walls of caverns. It must be mined with an Iron or better Pickaxe.
Step 2: My First Reactor(tm)
If you think you have the material to make one, then let's do it!
Advanced materials you will need:
Wait... what? Reactor chambers? What on Earth? It's the core of the nuclear reactor, containing all your precious reactor components and fuel. Well, hopefully containing it... more on that later.
First you'll need 12 Dense Lead Plates (96 Lead in all) for the Reactor Chambers:
- Note: You have to Compress 9 Lead at once.
You can then use these to build your 3 Reactor Chambers:
Using the Generator, Advanced Circuit, and your new Reactor Chambers, craft the wonder that is the Chernobyl-2 Nuclear Reactor:
Congratulations! World Domination is a step closer to reality!
Step 3: Finding Your 3-Mile Island
Siting your Nuclear Reactor is crucial! Proximity and Containment is key here.
These two considerations are interdependent- heavily shielding a reactor with carefully placed Reinforced Stone means it can be safely sited quite close to your precious mansion/fortress/hobbithole; whereas an unshielded reactor should be sited far, far away from anything and everything you hold dear.
Step 4: Cooling
Cooling is absolutely vital. You will need to build and install components into the reactor to keep it cool; an overheating reactor will ruin your day. See the Nuclear Reactor page for a complete breakdown of heating and cooling in nuclear systems.
Step 5: The Green Glow
At this point, you should have a complete reactor, ideally situated inside a reinforced stone tank of water. No time for congratulations, though... we need fuel for the beast! Raw Uranium ore simply will not do, so it's time for:
Step 6: Cells of Plenty
So, how to we process Uranium, you ask? Easy! You have to Centrifuge it into Tiny Piles of Uranium 235 and Uranium 238 and mix those in a crafting table to create Enriched Uranium. Put that in a Canning Machine with a Fuel Rod (Empty) to get a Fuel Rod (Uranium).
These are suitable for use in the Chernobyl-2 Reactor, each capable of outputting incredible amounts of power!
Step 7: The Soothing Hum of Power
Reactors are capable of outputting considerable power: each Uranium Cell will output 5 EU/tick, meaning that high-output Reactors need high-level infrastructure to avoid machinery damage: HV_Transformers, MFS Units and Glass Fibre Cables are a common sight in a nuclear installation. Uranium Cells also have a considerable lifespan: each can produce between 2,000,000 to 14,000,000 EU!
Step 8: Holy Fukushima! (with apologies to the easily offended!)
If the proper precautions are taken, a Nuclear plant is as safe as a solar panel.
When things do go wrong though - they go wrong in spectacular fashion. The resultant blast of an overheated reactor will level everything in a ~30 block radius that isn't Reinforced or Obsidian. Thankfully a Reinforced Door still provides protection even when open, but be careful of siting anything in line with the power cable output from the containment vessel, as this is the one weak point in any nuclear plant.
Nuclear reactors are very valuable, have enormous energy-producing potential, and without a doubt have a steep learning curve.