Posted by Lieutenant Si’Rek (Chief Engineer) in Main Sim - A Breath of Fresh Air (Tag Engineering)
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Posted by Lieutenant Si’Rek (Chief Engineer) in Main Sim - A Breath of Fresh Air (Tag Engineering)
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OOC: This takes place the day after the struts were repaired.
Si’Rek’s original plan had been to cut holes in the hull to allow for ventilation. Having gone over the plans more closely, he had an additional idea. =/\= Si’Rek to all Engineering staff. Mandatory meeting in ten minutes in Engineering. Get ready to crawl around. =/\=
Once everyone available had arrived, Si’Rek stood in front of the team. “Listen up. As you all are aware, power is precious commodity right now. So we have to do everything we can to conserve power. Mr. Finnegan and I discussed the possibility of bringing in fresh air so that Life Support could be taken off line to conserve power. As I gave that idea more thought, I think it would behoove us to make that our next priority. As we have breaches fore and aft, we are going to use those as intakes to bring air in. Once it’s in, it becomes a matter of moving it through the ship. For that I have an idea, but as it will be an absolutely difficult task, I want your input.” and he looked around to make sure everyone was paying attention.
“My plan now is this: We build a series of wind turbines on the top of the ship to generate power and mechanically operate bellows that will blow air through the ship. We have a huge amount of timber from where we stabilized the ship, so the only parts that would have to be made of artificial materials are the gearing, transmission system, and the down rods. We would be addressing two problems simultaneously, and that saves us time and adds to our power pool to draw from. From my estimates, four turbines with an average 26 rpms converted to 1400 to 1800 rpms at the generator shaft will give us around 700 kilowatts of power per hour. Times that by four and we can charge up power cells relatively quickly and run the computers. The hard part will be running another transfer shaft from the generator shaft to a transfer case to open and close the bellows situated throughout the ship to move the air. Now, we have another option. Use some of the power we generate to simply keep the ventilation system on line. Far less complicated, but it cuts into our net gain of energy. Thoughts?”
“I don’t know Chief… the life support systems have been able to keep the ship cool during the day as it gets pretty warm outside. I’m not exactly sure how much heat we’re expelling from the remaining fusion reactor since no one has had the free time to perform any measurements on that and whether if we turn off life support, we’d be able to keep the environment within the ship reasonably comfortable. Not to mention, we’ve only been here for 6 days, and the weather has been fortunately clear so far but that could change,” said Fixit.
Si’Rek smiled and said “Excellent point, Fixit. And thank you for speaking up. So… lets get those readings done first and foremost.” and the words caught his attention. “Wait… that may be feasible.” he muttered to himself. “Fixit - go take thermal readings of the reactor exhaust. Maybe we can work up Mr. Finn’s steam turbine idea off the heat from the reactor. That would at least solve the problem of a heat source.”
OOC: Uh… most power generation uses steam turbines anyway. So… for the sake of thermal dynamics, assuming that the fusion generator is operating less than optimal capacity…
Fixit came back with the readings. “37.8 Celsius, sir. Not hot enough to be used,” replied Fixit.
OOC: Dammit, Jim. I’m a writer, not an engineer. ;-)
OOC: Well, I am. And I Google to double check.
IC: Si’Rek nodded and said “Well, so much for that then. So… moving on. You made a good point about internal temperature. So instead of taking life support fully offline, we will use it to cool or heat the fresh air as needed. That will decrease it’s draw significantly, so we can still have a net gain of power reserves. ” and he activated a holographic display of the ship with red and blue lines traced through it. The display was slightly dark, but the specifics could be seen.
“This is how we will move air through the ship. The blue lines are incoming, red are outgoing. This plan should get fresh air throughout the ship, save for non-essential areas. Life support can remain active in those areas as needed. Due to the hull breaches, we have plenty of exterior vents. We will need ducts between the decks, and my thought was to use the Jeffries tubes as ventilation ducts. They already run between decks, so cutting new holes will be minimal. Keep in mind, everyone, that anything we break to help us now has to be fixed before we can leave.”
“Well, luckily the ship is small, Chief,” said Fixit, “Because of that, crew is already packed together so we don’t really need to move many people.”
“Perfect. All right, then. Fixit; I want you, Gordon, F’ded, and Summers to begin fabrication and installation of air movers for the Jeffries Tubes. Salvage as much material as you can from irreparable sections, replicate sparingly the rest as you can. The rest of are going to build some wind turbines. Questions?”
“Building wind generators, sir?” asked Fixit, “Are we going to put it on or on the side of the ship?”
“On top. Use the height of the ship to our advantage to clear the surrounding trees. We’ll couple those with Mr. Finn’s steam turbine and together we should be producing enough power to keep us functional… and hopefully give us some surplus. Make sense, Fixit?”
“Yes but… wouldn’t we have to remove the wind generators before we take off?” inquired Fixit, “Well I suppose that would include the solar panels so I guess once we are under our regular power, the extra sources of power would no longer be necessary, is that right Chief?”
Si’Rek nodded. “That’s exactly right. If we get to the point that leaving the surface is a viable option, then we start dismantling and removing the supplemental power suppliers. We have so many more repairs to do to be able to reach flight capability… let alone spaceflight… taking down some wind turbines and solar panels will be the least of our problems.”
Si’Rek looked around for any more questions and, seeing none, said “All right then. Let’s get going. Teams Alpha and Bravo, start with making sure the top of the ship is clear and designating sites for the builds. Charlie and Delta, start gathering materials for construction. Echo team… cabling. Get all of you can. If you need more, the Ferengi vessel near here may have spare and they have offered us assistance. Let me know and I will go ask. Let’s go, everyone. Time is wasting.” and the engineers began to split up and begin the work.
“Aye sir,” said the engineers, and they scattered to work.
It was much later in the day, but the Engineering teams of the Asimov were still hard at work. And the efforts they had put in were showing.
On the top of the ship, two of the four wind turbine pillars lay on their sides, ready for the team to raise up once the three blades were attached. The remaining two were almost three quarters complete; and cables ran through Jeffries Tubes, bulkhead panels, and along the edge of passageway floors and ceilings. Exhausted, dirty, and tired; the engineers pressed on and on as the sun dropped lower and lower. Finally, at dusk, Si’Rek called a halt. He assembled everyone on the hull of the ship and had them sit down and rest.
“Ok everyone, listen up. Today… I have been more impressed by each and every one of you than I have by some of the most renowned Engineers I have ever met. YOu have shown dedication… perseverance… and skill the likes of which any ship would be lucky to have. You have accomplished so much. And for that I thank you. We have more to do, but that can wait till tomorrow. I don’t want fatigue and exhaustion leading to people getting hurt or making mistakes. So get some food, get some sleep… all of you. 0800 tomorrow, report back here and we will get these things running, okay? That’s it. Go. Dismissed, everybody.”
He watched the crew slowly move back into the ship, some smiling and some yawning. Once all of them were gone, Si’Rek picked up his tool bag and began doing his task: ensuring a stable and safe connection between the turbines and the power system. He connected the pulse transmitter to the end of the cables that would attach to the turbines and began the long, tedious task of tracing the pulse through the lines to the power grid control module; repairing and rerouting cables as he went.
An hour later, Fixit returned. “yawn You’re still at it, Chief?” asked Fixit, “Looks like you are about to connect the remaining power lines. Need a hand?”
Si’Rek looked at Fixit and cocked his head to the side slightly. “I am, indeed. One of the perks of only sleeping ten hours a week, I suppose. But with that yawn, I am thinking you may still need some sleep. Its still early, Fixit. Get some rest if you need it. If not… then by all means. We can trace lines and make sure we have clear runs all the way.” and he tossed a pulse transmitter to the Junior Engineer.
“We’re all tired sir,” replied Fixit, “Though this is probably the most I’ve fixed in my entire career. It’s actually about time I get back on shift anyway, but I’ll take a nap after we clear the lines.” Fixit caught the pulse transmitter.
Fixit checked the wiring, and tested everything before completing the electrical circuit. “All hooked up, sir. We should be able to recharge reserves to half in a few days at this rate, maybe sooner, if we avoid using replicators for awhile,” said Fixit.
Si’Rek nodded and said “Well done. Get the teams assembled and we will get the turbines up today. Once that’s done and we see how much power we have coming in, we’ll set up a more detailed rationing schedule for power use.”
“You should get some sleep sir. I’ll deliver your orders to the next shift,” replied Fixit.
A day passed, and the wind turbines were installed, and the extra power started to flow in… when there was a breeze, of course. But given they were on an island, the sea breeze came often enough to provide energy.
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