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Ram turbines and passive boilers.
2017-02-04, 08:34 AM
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Ram turbines and passive boilers.
Two suggestions for the price of one, both based on gathering engine power from energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Ram turbines in the real world are wind or water turbines that recapture power from the motion of the vehicle they're on. In FTD, a ram turbine would be a small component, possibly in 1x1x1, 3x3x1 and maybe other sizes and perhaps with a variable amount of drag, that provides engine power, as a fuel engine does, including the potential battery charge, based on the amount of drag force experienced over that part of the vehicle. It shouldn't produce more power than a propulsion component providing the same amount of force as it's experiencing, though. (Excluding zero-power propulsion components such as unpowered heliblades / dediblades.)

The passive boiler would be a small steam boiler that, rather than burning anything, produces steam based on the heat of adjacent components as long as those components are above 100°C, cooling those components somewhat in the process. The steam production and the cooling effects would be higher for hotter components, and it could be placed adjacent to a subobject to soak heat from the weapons on it; and again, it shouldn't produce more steam than the component in question would consume if being powered by that steam, to prevent infinite power loop shenanigans. (The heat decoy might be an exception, since it's got a very low power draw. Maybe the heat decoy shouldn't even be valid for a connection to this, since it's meant to be hot in the first place.)
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2017-03-04, 12:49 AM
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RE: Ram turbines and passive boilers.
you could hide your engines with the second option, suck all the heat out of them and the ai card for targeting hot things has nothing hot to target.
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2017-03-06, 04:25 AM
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RE: Ram turbines and passive boilers.
(2017-03-04 12:49 AM)Terranguard Wrote:  you could hide your engines with the second option, suck all the heat out of them and the ai card for targeting hot things has nothing hot to target.

To an extent. It couldn't cool things below 100°C anyway, that being the point of boiling, and it would essentially continue the curve of increasing engine efficiency and coolness in exchange for decreasing power density since you'd also have to do something with the generated steam for it to keep cooling.
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