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Talk:Tylium/Archive 1

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The spelling of the mineral on the official SciFi.com website is "tyllium" (two Ls, not one). Should we correct here, move the page to a properly-spelled paged and redirect? Spencerian 11:26, 19 Aug 2005 (EDT)

Perhaps it's the site that had a typo; otherwise, maybe we could sweep this one under the rug...---Ricimer 12:00, 19 Aug, 2005 EDT

I tend to agree, unless there's a good reason, we should just have "tyllium" redirected to the original page. I haven't a clue how to do this. Spencerian 13:47, 19 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Leave a message on Joe's talk page. --April Arcus 23:32, 19 Aug 2005 (EDT)

Move to Tylium (RDM)

As this article concerns the reimagined series, lets move it to reflect that... Kkimball 20:03, 11 July 2006 (CDT)

No. The searches for "Tylium TOS" would be so uncommon it simply wouldn't be worth it. If you want maybe we could have "Tylium TOS" and "Tlyium", but "Tlyium RDM" would be too bulky, relative to the actual number of people searching for the other. --The Merovingian (C - E) 20:08, 11 July 2006 (CDT)
Would we have anything interesting to say in "Tylium (TOS)"? --April Arcus 21:04, 11 July 2006 (CDT)
I agree with Peter, keep the Tylium and then have a Tylium (TOS) only if absolutely needed. No need to put (RDM) in every article title. --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 02:49, 12 July 2006 (CDT)

Destroy all Tylium?

It is highly volatile; the explosion from a conventional warhead can trigger a chain reaction which will ultimately destroy all Tylium in the area.

I thought the reason the Colonials used a conventional warhead in "The Hand of God" was so that there would be a big enough explosion to take out the Cyclons and secondly, the Tylium would NOT be destroyed?--Veepz 17:14, 18 July 2007 (CDT)

Here is what Baltar has to say:
"But the radiation would render the ore inert. Unusable. I see your dilemma. Well, you're in luck, you know. Refined tylium contains tremendous enthalpy to the order of half a billion mega joules per kilo. If subjected to the right heat and compression, say, from a conventional warhead, you should get a suitably devastating explosion without the radioactive fallout. All we have to do is hit the right spot. Specifically, you need to hit the staging tanks for the refined tylium precursor. It's a lot more unstable than the fuel itself."
So, it sounds like the ore is not volatile. Only refined tylium is. It might just be an error of reference. The list starts with "tylium ore" and then continues with "it...", but that "it" is refined tylium. In any case the note can be folded into the third one. --Serenity 17:19, 18 July 2007 (CDT)

Hm. How about the energy density of approximately half a million gigajoules per kilogram. Can we change that with enthalpy to the order of half a billion mega joules per kilo, so it matches with what Baltar has to say. Enthalpy is the sum of the internal energy of a body and the product of its volume multiplied by the pressure... i.e. energy density--Veepz 17:52, 18 July 2007 (CDT)

The amount of energy is really the same. We don't directly quote it, but it's more common that way. Big SI-suffix, small number. I'd leave it as it is. The other change sounds good. Maybe explain what enthalpy is in a footnote, since not everyone will know it. --Serenity 18:19, 18 July 2007 (CDT)
I've added 'enthalpy' and kept the numbers as is. Also added the footnote.--Veepz 18:48, 18 July 2007 (CDT)

Natural States

In The Hand of God it's clear that tylium ore is solid. However, in Maelstrom the fleet is refueling from a gas giant.

  • Maelstrom-type Tylium - gas
  • Tylium Ore - solid
  • Tylium Precursor - not known
  • Refined Tylium - liquid

Does this mean that there is another form of tylium or is the stuff mined in Maelstrom simply another type of one that's already known? --Rapturous 11:04, 3 October 2007 (CDT)

They don't take fuel from the planet itself. I always assumed that they simply refuel the civilian ships from the refinery ship, tankers and Galactica. --Serenity 11:09, 3 October 2007 (CDT)
Concur. The Fleet is refueling itself from its own tylium supplies (immediately after the crisis in "Dirty Hands") while orbiting the gas giant. The planet has no solid surface and, therefore, no tylium. --Spencerian 14:53, 3 October 2007 (CDT)