Originally Posted by Carsew
Hey y'all. I have a problem with my fic. It's so that i have planned that the cruiser is to be destroyed from the inside, with random explosions all over the place, but i can't think of any failiure that could cause that? Help?
Consider this as an example: The final inquiry into the destruction of the Battleship Maine went like this:
Wet coal in one of the bunkers caused a reaction where heat built up. A common occurance, which is why wet coal was supposed to be dried before being stored right up to WWI.
The heat reached the point where a section of the coal in the bunker located against a magazine wall ignited. Like the famous underground fire in Pennsylvannia, this could occur and there is little or no smoke. The heat built up.
Beyond that wall was a 4.1" gun magazine (I think. It coult have been the 9.2"). The propellant charges (cartridges if they were 4.1, 20 pound bags of cordite for 9.2") heated until a charge exploded, setting of a dozen or more in a sympathetic explosion. These set off the charges near them, all within less than a second causing the one massive explosion recorded by the Spanish authorities in Havana harbor.
In the version you mentioned to Burnseyy, the computer could be running a containment protocol (Say shifting the coolant from one reactor to another. The protocol gets interrupted; I.E. the one reactor getting drained is not told to stop venting, as the other does not get the required coolant. Both begin to overheat, causing containment to fail and you have two explosions that cause secondary damage.