Damocles, on 13 June 2012 - 03:57 PM, said:
Ever consider that there might be ballast tank intakes in the legs/torso of a mech?
Why would they be? Considering how dense modern armor has to be to defeat modern weapons, future armor would be much more dense and correspondingly heavier. No that's not something that can be changed using "future tech' to make it less dense/heavy as armor effectiveness is related to density.
Also if this were the case then every time a 'Mech used the intakes to fill the 'Mech with water and increase its density it would also be increasing it's mass/weight at the same time. Also you have to ensure that every 'Mech has enough open internal space in order to fill it with sufficient water to increase the density to the required amount. Occam's razor suggests that the 'Mechs are simply much heavier than the official "weight" rather than some complex system that allows them to function properly.
Skylarr, on 13 June 2012 - 04:00 PM, said:
Yes I'm quite familiar with the differences between tons, tonnes, etc., your point?
Kiriko, on 13 June 2012 - 04:00 PM, said:
Tech Manual 35103, pg18, Construction Basics, Weight (Mass):
"In Classic BattleTech, most units are measured by their weight, or mass. The Classic BattleTech universe uses the metric system, with all objects defined by their weight in kilograms or metric tons. In TechManual construction, units may be constructed under the kilogram standard (battlesuits, ProtoMechs, and Small Support Vehicles) or by the tonnage standard (BattleMechs, Industrial-Mechs, Combat Vehicles, Medium and Large Support Vehicles and aerospace units)."
Tech Manual is wrong, the math (volume/mass) shows that it is physically impossible for BattleMech "tonnage" to be based on the metric system.
Deathjester, on 13 June 2012 - 04:06 PM, said:
This assumes that a 'mech is fully sealed. As mechs are designed to make use of being submerged in water to help cool themselves it would make sense to allow the interior of the mech to flood when submerged. The only part of the mech that really needs to be sealed is the cockpit which makes up very little of the 'mechs structure and so would have virtually no effect on density.
'Mechs are cooled by heatsinks, which are by their nature connected to the outside of the 'Mech. Heatsinks that are not connected to the exterior would simply heat up the interior of the 'Mech and do no good. Water merely needs to run across the heat exchangers on the exterior of the 'Mech.
Also you would not simply want to let water run into the interior of the 'Mech because that would allow material deposits in the water to enter the 'Mech and clog it with gunk. It would also likely lead to corrosion on critical components and possibly shorts if it comes into contact with any uncovered wiring.
BeforeLife, on 13 June 2012 - 04:14 PM, said:
One of the main reasons for this is that the armor in battletech(bareing warships and dropships of corse) is MILLIMETERS THICK, in rare causes centameters. That is one of the reasons for the low weight.
Care to explain how armor with the same density or less density, which is also much much thinner than current armors is better capable of stopping enemy weapons fire?