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Old September 3 2013, 03:11 AM   #16
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

Were there any episodes that showed a ship still able to go to warp or maintain warp when one of their nacelles are damaged? If a damaged nacelle prevented warp speed then having 4 nacelles would probably be more of a liability than a benefit in combat.
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Old September 3 2013, 03:28 AM   #17
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Were there any episodes that showed a ship still able to go to warp or maintain warp when one of their nacelles are damaged?
NX-01 Enterprise in "Twilight," Voyager in "Year of Hell."

I think in both instances the ships weren't capable of reaching their top speeds.
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Old September 3 2013, 04:03 AM   #18
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

The way I look at it is that speed is dependent on the strength of a subspace field distortion, measured in cochranes, and the mass you're trying to move. The distortion you can create depends on the mass and efficiency of your warp coils and the amount of energy you can pump into them. If your warp coil and plasma conduit engineers are crap, your largest coils are small and inefficient and can't handle a lot of energy; the resulting field distortion is small. On the other hand, if your engineers are good, they can build a single nacelle with big, efficient coils that can take a lot of energy; so, the nacelle creates a powerful distortion. Not all nacelles are created equal.

So, with a given field distortion, I'd imagine that the speed you can reach depends on the mass you're trying to move. Endurance depends on how much fuel you have. It's all arithmetic!
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Old September 3 2013, 04:37 AM   #19
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

Yes, more nacelles means more speed.

On a related note, this:



is faster than this:

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Old September 3 2013, 02:14 PM   #20
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Endurance depends on how much fuel you have. It's all arithmetic!
I thought Endurance depended on Shackleton?
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Old September 3 2013, 02:58 PM   #21
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

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I have no familiarity with SFB, so I wouldn't know.
Great TOS style StarTrek ship battles.
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Old September 3 2013, 06:51 PM   #22
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If you are traveling at warp 3, its not as if each nacelle is doing warp 1.5, they are both doing warp 3 so it can't add extra speed. It would increase "towing capacity" though.
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Old September 3 2013, 10:18 PM   #23
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Endurance depends on how much fuel you have. It's all arithmetic!
I thought Endurance depended on Shackleton?
Har! Good one! Do you have any Roald Amundsen jokes?
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Old September 3 2013, 10:42 PM   #24
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ISTR something about the Enterprise-D having, in effect, double nacelles - each being constructed out of parts that on a smaller ship would have been two complete nacelles. Is that so? If it is, then that makes four-nacelled ships even odder.
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Old September 3 2013, 10:56 PM   #25
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

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Yes, more nacelles means more speed.

On a related note, this:



is faster than this:

Yeah, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Old September 3 2013, 11:45 PM   #26
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If you are traveling at warp 3, its not as if each nacelle is doing warp 1.5, they are both doing warp 3 so it can't add extra speed. It would increase "towing capacity" though.
No, but it is taking "half the load". So, if you were going warp 3 and you "shit a nacelle", i get the feel you'd drop to at least 1.5 or lower.. I'd think it would something along the lines of a car. You have a V8 and you pulled half the plugs it would still run.. Kinda..
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Old September 4 2013, 12:06 AM   #27
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Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

In the TOS era, when the reactors were in the nacelles, extra nacelles meant more power, as well as the ability to operate at higher speeds for longer periods before maintenance became an issue.
In the TMP+ era, when the reactor migrated into the hull, extra nacelles still provide extra endurance at speed, but only a larger reactor provides more power.
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Old September 4 2013, 12:12 AM   #28
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I've always figured it was more of an endurance thing than a speed thing. More warp nacelles give you a more stable warp field, and are able to sustain the field for longer periods.
This is what I always figured as well.
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Old September 4 2013, 04:20 AM   #29
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Ugh. This this thread is giving me Coral Sea flashbacks. Because how do you make a good design even better? Add more nacelles, of course!
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Old September 4 2013, 05:52 AM   #30
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Yes, more nacelles means more speed.

On a related note, this:



is faster than this:

Yeah, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sorry, are you agreeing or disagreeing?
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