Unit and concept error for transformer power


Miller511
  • Branch: Live Branch Version: Windows Fixed

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The unit for power available should read w or J/s not J. Also in the information tab it should read transmits (not stores) power that is fed into it. Power is not stored as it is the rate of energy transmission. Could cause confusion for newer players. 


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Click on a transformer and read the description.

Status: Fixed

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Transformers transmit power. Your can't store power. Power is the rate at which you are transmitting energy. in-game it is Joules per second (or Watts). Batteries store energy and transformers enable the safe transmission of that energy at a limited rate to keep the lines from overloading. 

Edited by Miller511
The conventional unit for power is watts.

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Right, just to clarify, Power is defined as the rate at which you do work (P=w/t) Thats why all the machines in game use wattage as they are doing work which uses energy from the batteries. You can't store power. That's like saying you are going to store mph in your car. You can gain or lose miles, but you can't "store" the rate at which you are changing the miles (mph). Its possible that the transformer acts as a mini battery storing Joules (Energy) to be transmitted, but I think its a deep unit error for the transformer. The transformer isolates a lower wattage section of wire from a higher wattage section of wire by only allowing a "flow" rate of 1000 Joules each second. check out the wiki on the transformer, it has the right unit for transmission wattage. Its not storage. (https://oxygennotincluded.gamepedia.com/Small_Power_Transformer) Look at the notes section. 

Edited by Miller511
The SI unit for Energy is Joules. Added the wiki link.
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Changed Status to Known Issue

Agreed, while this does literally represent what's happening with the transformer, it's not exactly helpful information. We'll see if we can improve it.

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