- 1 What is the R-UST?
- 2 How does it work?
- 3 Setup
- 4 Operation
What is the R-UST?
The R-UST Mark 7 is an advanced thermonuclear fusion reactor.
It requires a variety of parts and materials to setup, most of which are ordered from cargo only.
How does it work?
At the core of the R-UST is a huge solenoid called a tokamak, which produces a strong electro-magnetic field, this field holds plasma molecules in suspension, heating up the plasma and releasing it to produce extreme amounts of heat. Amongst the fusion events, there is also production of radiation, which can be used as an alternative source of radiation if used in conjunction with radiation collector arrays.
The R-UST is currently only mapped on Defficiency; on any other map the entire engine will have to be built and ordered from scratch.
Required materials and items
The following can be gotten from cargo or R&D:
- 1x R-UST fuel injector.
- 1x R-UST tokamak.
- 4x R-UST gyrotrons, only one is needed but atleast 4 are recommended. (only cargo)
- 1x R-UST fuel compressor circuitry.
- 1x R-UST fuel port circuitry.
The following can ONLY be gotten from R&D:
- 1x R-UST core monitoring computer board.
- 1x R-UST core control computer board.
- 1x R-UST gyrotron control computer board.
- 1x R-UST fuel control computer board.
- 1x Atmospheric large tank control computer board.
- 1x Atmospheric Automations Console (AAC) board. (optional)
First you will have to setup the R-UST Core, the size of the core may vary, but it has to be a square with odd dimensions, maximum size required for the biggest field size is 7x7.
The core will need to meet the following criteria:
- Be airtight.
- Have atmospheric vents and air injectors for input and output of plasma.
- Be defined as an area with the CE's blueprints.
- Have a properly connected APC.
- Have enough windows for the gyrotrons, 1 gyrotron needs 1 window to shoot into the core.
- (OPTIONAL) Be made out of strong materials such as plasteel and reinforced plasma glass
- (OPTIONAL) Have a gas sensor to monitor the core's atmosphere.
- (OPTIONAL) Have an airlock to allow easy access to the core.
- (OPTIONAL) The floor needs to be reinforced with rods.
The R-UST tokamak will need to be secured in the middle of the core, with a proper DIRECT power connection underneath the core, it needs to be bolted down and welded to the floor. (NOTE: the power cable will need to be placed, with a knot, under the core BEFORE the core is welded to the floor.)
Find a nice spot to place a lot of computers, and get all the boards listed in the required items section.
Once you built all the computers, do the following:
Make sure to keep all equipment off for the time being.
Find a nice, powered spot that shoots into the reactor core, through a window, it doesn't have to be in line with the tokamak, as long as it can hit the 7x7 (max, dependant on core size) area around the tokamak.
If any gyrotrons are reporting unresponsive, ensure they are properly secured and welded down, and powered.
Then set all the gyrotrons to a beam output of 0.01 TJ.
Find a spot that faces the reactor's 7x7 (max) area, with a bit of room, and place the fuel injector there.
With that setup, place a wall (or use an existing one) next to the injector, then make an R-UST fuel port from plasteel and stick that on the wall, then apply the R-UST fuel port control electronics, and some cables, and crowbar it shut to finish the port.
Please refer to the Thermoelectric_Generator for setup of the TEG. A few notes:
- Make sure to fill the hot loop with plasma, not any other gasses. Plasma is needed for the fusion reactions inside the core chamber.
- No pumps are needed on the hot loop, gas flow is handled by the vents and air injectors , however, pumps may still be used to manage flow delicately, just supply a bypass valve.
Start core field
DO NOT STEP IN FRONT OF ACTIVE GYROTRONS IF YOU VALUE LIFE
Get some compressed matter cartridges and insert them into the fuel compressor. In the interface of the compressor you can choose how much of each fuel "reagent" goes into your fuel rod. If you're unsure what all the reagents do, check the fusion reaction table, the default of 150 Tritium and 150 Deuterium. When you're happy with your combination hit, Activate Fuel Synthesis to make the fuel rod.
Insert the fuel rod into the fuel port of your fuel injector, open the interface of the fuel injector and hit Draw assembly from port. Set the fuel usage to a low value like 0.05%, it can be increased later if need be.
Use the core monitoring computer to wait until the core reaches 1 mega energy. Once reached, proceed:
Enable the fuel injector to start injecting reagents into the core field.
If all went well you should now have a running R-UST producing absolute boatloads of heat!
Make sure to replace the fuel rods every once in a while. If you want MORE POWER increase the output level on the injectors or initiate the breeder and enhanced breeder reactions to make the fusion process self-sustaining to a degree. Cleanup reaction remove any output reagents produced by the secomdary reactions, while breeder inhibitors suppress the breeder reactions. Finally, the control reactions consume a lot of power but are vital for stabilizing the reactions if the engine is beginning to overheat- be warned that if it gets too hot, the R-UST will release EMPs, dump large amounts of white-hot plasma everywhere, or both.
Fusion reaction table
|Required Reagents||Output Reagents||Energy Usage||Energy Output||Radiation Output||Reaction Class|
|Tritium, Deuterium||None||1||5||0||Primary Production|
|Deuterium x2||Obdurium x2||1||4||1||Secondary Production|
|Tritium x2||Solonium x2||1||4||1||Secondary Production|
|Dilithium, Obdurium||Deuterium x1, Dilithium x1||1||1||3||Breeder|
|Dilithium, Solonium||Tritium x1, Dilithium x1||1||1||3||Breeder|
|Stravium-7, Dilithium||None||2||1||4||Breeder Inhibitor|
|Trilithium, Obdurium||Dilithium x1, Trilithium x1, Deuterium x1||1||2||5||Enhanced Breeder|
|Trilithium, Solonium||Dilithium x1, Trilithium x1, Tritium x1||1||2||5||Enhanced Breeder|