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RE: [FT] Railgun Goals II

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 11:01:23 -0500
Subject: RE: [FT] Railgun Goals II

Tim spake thusly upon matters weighty: 

Because, rather than discharging my capacitors once to accelerate one 
mass and then wait to charge, etc. for subsequent shots, I've gone to 
a rapid fire mode where I still burn the same amount or maybe only 
25% more spread across a lot of projectiles - it helps to spread the 
damage, prevent overpenetration - but it means that each shot has 
actually less accelerational power in it because one is spreading 
ones power over more rounds. Or put another way, if I can fire a high 
rate at maxpower, why can't I fire an even more powerful single shot 
with the same energy? So this is just the converse of that. 

> >This is what I had in mind when talking about fire modes. In Raking
> >fire, armour would be fully effective, in penetrating mode, maybe
> >armour would be ineffective or only max 1 point off.
> >
> I don't get why Raking fire is less penetrating, it just more
> damage as it penetrates a longer axis of the ship.
> tim jones
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