All hail Cpt. Boxershorts!
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Plasma - newtype up... Please read and review.
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 12:34 AM
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 01:37 AM
I realise all that, but I think of them as more different sizes rather than types. Maybe thats just me. Feel free to ignore the comment.
The three types of plasma weapons refered to would have been the plasma pistol, plasma rifle and heavy plasma. Since in the game, you'd have to research all three before researching plasma weapons, I think that's be pretty self evident...
Hmmm, im not sure I agree with it being used like that, but oh well.
Regarding the capitalization of Invader as opposed to invader, I think Cpt. Boxershorts was using it as a name for the aliens invading earth. Not the first time that's been done, I think.
Your welcome. Post a new version and ill check it again.
Anyway, on the whole, thanks for catching the problems in the document.
Posted 30 July 2003 - 10:10 PM
Posted 31 July 2003 - 04:48 PM
First of all, drop your last sentence. It strikes me as a line from a terrible 1950's B movie.
Next off, I wanted to say that though you've done well with your techno-babble, the way it is currently worded gets in the way of the overall effect of the entry. It just doesn't flow well. Right now it reads like an engineering spec, not a report.
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Posted 15 November 2003 - 02:13 AM
"Yeah, Marshall's been playing a bit much with the prototype. I've actually found myself whishing he'd go back to liquid nitrogen. At least that didn't leave plasma burns on the work benches."
- Noushin Milarepa
Posted 15 November 2003 - 06:13 AM
Posted 15 November 2003 - 09:02 AM
What stops the plasma from dispersing as it leaves the chammber of the rifle? (think aerosol spray).
why use elerium as a mixture with heavy water? why not use elerium as the power source for the weapon which then heats the material and ejects it?
you state thaat the helium/elerium mixture is incredibly stable, but when high energy particles bombard it a chain reaction takes place cocnverting it into plasma. Would you be shocked if i said that we are constantly being bombarded by high energy particles?
the other thing is for the chain reaction to take place the mixture has to be in a stable but higher energy state than plasma so that when the chain reaction begins it has a lower energy plasma state to phase into.
superconductors lose their superconductivity as temp rises so its probably not a good idea using them as heat sinks for plasma. when heat sinks work they emit heat convectively (through the medium) and radiatively (through light). If these things are emiting heat they are liekly to cook the user.
perhaps it would be better to say something about how excess heat isn't generated in the weapons due to the alien material and so the vast majority of the energy generated goes into the plasma and not into the weapon and hecen general environment?
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Posted 21 November 2003 - 02:31 PM
Which is why I'm not going to do anything before I get an idea of how the models are going to look... except someone promised me that the Sectoids would stay small grey and big eyed...
They would get very grumpy indeed. "Change the CTD before the Model!!!" seems to be the Art Dept's motto.
Although I can understand why, what with the amount of work it takes to make a new model...
Posted 21 November 2003 - 03:55 PM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 04:02 PM
ANYONE have some models that I can write something about, while I think about the homeworlds thingie...
Yup. That is pretty much the only constant.
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Posted 02 December 2003 - 09:05 PM
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Posted 02 December 2003 - 09:09 PM
While plasma-based weaponry has been a staple in science fiction, the obstacles involved in reaction containment and sustainment could only be overcome with a large facility, and even then only briefly. However, the arrival of the aliens with their advanced weapons and materials caused us to question our previous conclusions. With the study of all three types of plasma weapons recovered from the battlefield, together with our detailed analysis of the unique material, Xenium-122, that serves as their fuel and ammunition, we have finally have finally discovered the theory behind plasma weapons. We can now develop plasma weaponry equal to or beyond that of the alien invaders.
All three types of handheld plasma weaponry used by the aliens have several similarities. The heart of the plasma weapon consists of a "funnel" of superconductor magnets terminated with magneto dynamic prongs on one end and a plasma generating chamber at the other. Plasma generated in the chamber is forced through the magnetic funnel by a brief electromagnetic pulse. As the plasma passes through the funnel, it is compressed into a tight stream of particles. The magnetic prominences on the barrel then focus and accelerate the resultant plasma into tight bursts.
Another integral part of plasma weapon design is the high efficiency heatsink. Formed of a variation of ceramic compounds found in the alien alloy, this component acts as an advanced heat sink. Without it, it is likely the heat generated by the plasma would have killed the user as well as the target. It is unlikely that weapon itself would survive without it. The heat sink draws the heat generated by the plasma burst from the barrel into a heat dissipater located along the edges of the magneto dynamic prongs. This also contains and disperses the powerful electromagnetic fields generated when firing the weapon.
The energy requirements to generate a electromagnetic pulse strong enough to force the plasma into the magnectic funnel would have been prohibitively high if it were it not for the unique interaction of the plasma and the magnetic field of the barrel. As the plasma passes through the magnetic containment fields, it forces the magnetic field to shift away from the plasma. Using this effect, enough power can be generated to fire the next beam simply by wrapping series of superconducting alloys along the magnetic funnel.
During our research into the invaders' captured weapons, it has been noted that they have two ammunition containers, one containing a simple Deuterium Dioxide solution, better know as heavy water. The other, however, contains a unique gel-like compound. Further texting on this unique material revealed that it is a compound manufactured from Xenium-122. When Xenium-122 is ground into a fine powder and mixed into molten radioactive materials such as uranium, the resulting mixture cools into a gel-like state at room temperature. What makes this compound unique is the fact that it has all of the attributes of plasma, yet is stable enough to be stored for long periods of time. However, when this "Plasma-gel" is mixed with heavy water, it starts a high-energy reaction, causing the Plasma-gel to convert itself into high-energy plasma. The ability to replicate Plasma-gel has proven to be vital in the creation of portable alien plasma weapons.
As a result of our research into Xenium-122 and its relationship with plasma physics, we have discovered a potential method of plasma generation that might be even more efficient than that of the alien invaders. We must learn as much as we can before this extraterrestrial menace discovers our location.
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Hey boxer, its time for you to DUCK
Posted 18 December 2003 - 03:08 PM
Frankly, I don't see why not. The lattice formation does not seem to play that major of an affect. In a type 1 superconductor, pure elemental, Rhodium (Rh) has a crystal lattice of FCC and needs to be the coldest of all materials (that I found). Lead (Pb) is the warmest of the type 1 and has the same lattice.
Aren't we using alien alloys as our superconductors? Can't we just say that alien alloys can maintian superconductivity even when faced with extreme heat?
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Posted 20 February 2004 - 07:10 AM
"I spent the last half hour of that trying to firgure out all the stuff frm the plasma weapons thread.. I was confused too.."- Danny, age 11
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 10:06 AM
I don't think we should inlude anything about heat sinks/ specifics of orientations of fields etc as they will only confuse the issue and don't add much if any value.
Posted 21 February 2004 - 12:43 PM