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Old December 18 2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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Re: Vertical Warp Core?

Well, actually, the TMP-era linear intermix chamber (NOT "warp core", as the term hadn't been invented yet, and should not be retroactively used) had a vertical segment, from the impulse engines down to engineering, and a horizontal one going back to the struts leading to the nacelles. The later warp cores seem to have one intermix chamber with eps conduits feeding the power elsewhere, whereas the TMP version seemed to have intermix chambers as fr as they could go inside the hull, and conduits only outside the hull. So the vertical core is a refinement of the TMP intermix chamber, and they just chose to go with the vertical segment rather than the horizontal one, for ease of placement of conduits. Vertical cores mean one big hole in the deck, horizontal conduits mean lots of little holes in each deck.
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