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 September 3 2013, 04:11 AM #16 blssdwlf Commodore 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.
September 3 2013, 04:28 AM   #17
C.E. Evans

Location: Ferguson, Missouri, USA
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 blssdwlf wrote: 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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 September 3 2013, 05:03 AM #18 Masao Fleet Captain     Location: Tokyo 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! __________________ "Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth, but so far all we've gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota." -- Garrison Keillor Last edited by Masao; September 3 2013 at 06:02 AM.
 September 3 2013, 05:37 AM #19 Tiberius Commodore Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed? Yes, more nacelles means more speed. On a related note, this: is faster than this: __________________
September 3 2013, 03:14 PM   #20
Herkimer Jitty

Location: Dayglow, New California Republic
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 Masao wrote: Endurance depends on how much fuel you have. It's all arithmetic!
I thought Endurance depended on Shackleton?
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September 3 2013, 03:58 PM   #21
Saturn0660

Location: NE Ohio
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 Unicron wrote: I have no familiarity with SFB, so I wouldn't know.
Great TOS style StarTrek ship battles.
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 September 3 2013, 07:51 PM #22 JT Perfecthair Lieutenant Commander Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed? 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.
September 3 2013, 11:18 PM   #23
Masao
Fleet Captain

Location: Tokyo
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

Herkimer Jitty wrote:
 Masao wrote: 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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 September 3 2013, 11:42 PM #24 SoM Commander Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed? 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.
September 3 2013, 11:56 PM   #25
austen_pierce
Captain

Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 Tiberius wrote: Yes, more nacelles means more speed. On a related note, this: is faster than this:
Yeah, a picture is worth a thousand words.

September 4 2013, 12:45 AM   #26
Saturn0660

Location: NE Ohio
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 JT Perfecthair wrote: 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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 September 4 2013, 01:06 AM #27 Darkwing Commodore   Location: This dry land thing is too wierd! 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. __________________ If you don’t drink the kool-aid, you’re a baaad person - Rev Jim Jones Almond kool-aid, anyone? Or do you prefer pudding?- Darkwing
September 4 2013, 01:12 AM   #28
jpv2000
Captain

Location: Georgia, United States
Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

 Mysterion wrote: 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.

 September 4 2013, 05:20 AM #29 Avro Arrow Commodore     Location: Secret Arctic Base Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed? 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!
September 4 2013, 06:52 AM   #30
Tiberius
Commodore

Re: Does More Nacelles = More Speed?

austen_pierce wrote:
 Tiberius wrote: 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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