Ship overheating

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Ship overheating

Post by Hari Seldon » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:39 am

The vacuum of space is like a thermos bottle. It is hard to dissapate heat without radiator vanes like for example on the International Space Station.

The Voyage of the Space Bubble series by John Ringo dealt with this by forcing the ship to have "chill time" after intense combat.

Will N* and/or SotS ][ feature this?
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by patton1942 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:36 am

I rather doubt it. Its good science, but not really good or pretty science fiction space gaming.
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by amtie » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:16 pm

You could always 'store' that heat, as in Mass Effect's Normandy ships.

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by SpardaSon21 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:06 pm

Yeah, but you'd have to eventually dump it through radiation or die from overheating.

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by Gryfalcon » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:31 pm

Unless you radiate it somehow, you are storing it.
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by SpardaSon21 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:10 am

But if you don't get rid of it, it builds up, and you fry.

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by Gryfalcon » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:54 pm

Nah, frying requires oil. If you don't shed the heat somehow, you bake. You could carry some material specifically for the purpose of shedding heat. Water has a nice specific heat of vaporization, for instance. Pump your waste heat into a boiler and vent the steam out the side of the ship.
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by long_fella » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:11 pm

Not compared to the mass of it you'd end up having to drag around....

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by Gryfalcon » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:24 pm

It does seem like the kind of thing you'd save for emergencies. Although it could make for some tough choices in a tight spot if you're already low on water for the habitation system.
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by amtie » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:31 pm

You might be able to get heat 'capsules' that are filled with heat (through conduction, for example), which have a high capacity for heat storage. Once those heat capsules are at full capacity, you dump 'em. When they are dumped, they either disintegrate, or use radiation to cool down over a period of time.

An extra might be a "searching for 'cooled down' heat capsules" minigame, perhaps.

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by netWilk » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:03 am

Problem is, transferring heat into those capsules will take power and that will generate more heat which you will then need to get rid of.

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Re: Ship overheating

Post by The Writer2 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:33 am

patton1942 wrote:I rather doubt it. Its good science, but not really good or pretty science fiction space gaming.


*points to the above*

The only reason Mass Effect put it in the lore is because it doesn't have an impact on the gaming itself. You don't have any control over the ship, and for the sake of plot, that piece of lore can be twisted and mangled to the writer's content.

It's a game mechanic. And if the guys at Kerberos decide that it's good for a particular reason, then they'll likely include it. Whether or not it's called "overheating" is just semantics. (Bioware changed the way weapons "overheat" in Mass Effect 2 because they thought it'd make for a better gaming experience. Lo-and-behold, they were right...well I think they were right.)

I suppose you could always half-fill the brig with oil and dump your heat in there. :twisted:
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Re: Ship overheating

Post by Caddage » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:41 am

I remember a chemistry experiment from high school where we heated a metallic powder (I think it was an iron compound?). This created an endothermic reaction and the powder released water vapor, changing color in the process. Later we re-introduced water to the powder. It let off a loud hiss, changed back to its original color, and we could feel the heat from the exothermic reaction.

Could a similar, more industrial substance be used to "store" waste heat? Heat could be channeled into a compound (or combination of compounds), prompting an endothermic reaction. When no more heat can be stored, the resultant compound(s) could be used for... fuel? As a weapon? Heating a spa tub? :?:

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