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Old June 27th, 2020, 05:20 AM
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Question Anechoic coatings

The Stealth options in starship design are all electronic masking type affairs.

How do you guys cope with applying the build rules for submarines anti-sonar measures?

Are there extra costs for installing equipment in a noise-free mount?
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Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum so you don't need it on a spacecraft.

The reason there is no stealth in space is because:
1 - the crewed are of the ship has to be at a temperature significantly higher than the background, this is easily detected by a thermal sensor out to ridiculous ranges.
2 - the power plant of the ship is a multi-gigawatt fusion reactor, the waste heat from which also makes the ship glow in the IR part of the spectrum.
3 - there is no way to dump waste heat in the medium to long term without revealing your position. it is possible to store waste heat in the short term or even dump it.radiate it away in a direction away from your target, but they will eventually be able to detect you from the trail you are leaving.

Now if Traveller has some sort of magic heat sink - which it must in order for the aforementioned gigawatt reactors to not bake the crew, short out the electronics and then melt the ship - then you could postulate some sort of stealth technology.

For the sake of argument lets assume that the artificial gravity plates and acceleration compensation fields can also control the internal temperature of the ship and dump the energy into the maneuver drive or the jump drive capacitors then you have stealth capability.

Note a black globe generator also gives you stealth.

Or are you talking about building submarines?
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In theory, you could transform the heat to plasma, and blast it out of the fusion rockets.
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In my MgT2e ‘verse, LHyd is not fuel but rather refrigerant. Thus the crew doesn’t bake, ships don’t require heat sinks and also the amount of energy being expended from the fusion plant acts as a DM on sensor checks. So you can ‘run silent’ to an extent, not stealth but rather a sort of masking.
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In theory, you could transform the heat to plasma, and blast it out of the fusion rockets.
Which is not very stealthy as the plume gives away your position and mass rather nicely.
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In my MgT2e ‘verse, LHyd is not fuel but rather refrigerant. Thus the crew doesn’t bake, ships don’t require heat sinks and also the amount of energy being expended from the fusion plant acts as a DM on sensor checks. So you can ‘run silent’ to an extent, not stealth but rather a sort of masking.
Umm, then the liquid hydrogen coolant is your heat sink.
You can not carry enough liquid hydrogen to cool your ship for more than a few hours at the most.
Not to mention you have to dump the now hot hydrogen outside the ship, which is easily detectable.
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OK - I thought I'd asked about subs!...I've clearly hit a thread about heat though!
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It's my mistake and I apologise, I misunderstood your OP.

Which rules do you use to build submarines? I agree that sound dampened fixtures and fitting should cost more, but it may be easier to just modify the final cost of the sub to account for the level of anechoic protection offered.
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Umm, then the liquid hydrogen coolant is your heat sink.
You can not carry enough liquid hydrogen to cool your ship for more than a few hours at the most.
Not to mention you have to dump the now hot hydrogen outside the ship, which is easily detectable.
Fair enough. Handwavium to be sure. It came about through discussions amongst our group, and it’s what we’ve settled on.

To the OP, apologies. Misunderstood as well
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While the heat generated does provide a bearing to a potential target or intruder, it does not give a range unless you to some maneuvering or have a string of multiple detectors trailing behind you to give some form of cross-bearing. Radar is needed to furnish the range information.

In the U.S. Naval Technical Mission to Japan, the reports of which can be found online, there is a discussion of Japanese anti-radar coatings which did reduce the radar signature of Japanese submarines and also some consideration of changing the angles of the superstructure to deflect the radar returns into the water.

The also worked on anti-sonar coatings, again with some success. The Japanese were not nearly as backward in technology as some portray them. They did have their own working centimetric radar units, which the Germans never managed to build. They also had a pretty good Magnetic Airborne Detector. Their problem was getting the more advanced material into production.
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