[QUOTE=TW Scott;1419163]Okay lets look at it objectively. We know from The Survivors(TNG) that a 400 gigawatt blast complete decimated the shields of a Galaxy class Starship. To be generous we will give them a 500% increase in ability.

Now, for simplicity sake we will just say that it takes a blast on 2,000 gigawatt seconds to produce a similar scrambling of the shields on a GCS and Defiant. Smaller vessels are 1,200 to 1,600 and Sovereign is 4,000. Now this is very generous as it is five times the canon ST amount.

We will call this the Single Beam Break Point or (SBBP). The amount of energy need supplied to 100 square centimeters to smash through the shields. Other hits of lesser variety can weaken the shields and even more powerful hits that is spread over a much larger area and still be fine.

This follows what we know of ST shields, they can take a pounding that is spread over and area of shields. They can take impacts, pr0vided it strikes a large area of shield, however a concentrated high energy assault completely blows them off line.

Okay, is everybody with me so far?

Sovereign, Prometheus, special concept ships 4,000,000,000,000 watt second SBBP

Galaxy, Amabassador, Defiant 2,000,000,000,000 watt second SBBP

Smaller Ships 1,600,000,000,000 watt second SBBP

This is the number of Watts it would take per 100cm^2 to fully blow the shields offline.

Okay in ESB an ISD was using Weapons to clean out an asteroid field. Now if we only go by movie, appearance and what we know of asteroids, these were mostly Nickel Iron granite asteroids. We do know they had to be destroying 100+ meter radius rocks. But for arguments sake we will limit it to 4 times the length of the Falcon or a total of a 100 meter diameter or 50 meter radius

50^3*4/3*pi = 523,598.77 cubic meters

Density of iron is 7,874kg per cubic meter

Density of Nickel is 8,908 kg per cubic meter

Density of granit is 2,750 kg per cubic meter

Assuming a composition of 60% granite, 20% Iron, 20% nickel we would have

863,937,979.74 kg of granite

824,563,351.81 kg of iron

932,843,578.61 kg of nickel

2,621,344,910.16 kilograms total

Granite has a specific heat of 294 joules per kilo and 0 pressure vaporization temp of 1,215 Celsius

Iron has a specific heat of 444 joules per kilo and 0 pressure vaporization temp of 1,811 Celsius

Nickel has a specific heat of 420 joules per kilo and 0 pressure vaporization temp of 1,728 Celsius

From a starting tem of -200 Celsius we get the following joule requirements to heat to vapor.

359,406,838,950,470.00 for granite

736,239,423,819,485.00 for iron

755,379,416,211,937.00 for nickel

1,851,025,678,981,890.00 joules total

Now this puts a 1/15th second blast of the turbnolaser seen in ESB at a minimum of 1,851,025,678,981,890.00 watt seconds

Do we see the disparity yet?[/QUOTE]Excuse me, but granite is an igneous rock, it is highly unlikely to find a volcanic rock in an asteroid field. And what is your source on the specific heat?