the master system monitor on the aft bulkhead is a cutaway schematic of the enterprise used to monitor the current ststus of various ships departments
If the Main Bridge is the head of the U.S.S. Enterprise then Main Engineering is the heart. Its from here that every one of the ships key systems are controlled
Located on deck 36 of the Enterprise in the engineering hull, the Main Engineering control centre is the master control location for for warp propulsion , impulse propulsion and other key engineering systems.
Although some of the most important tasks can be initiated and controlled from the Engineering System monitor station on the Main Bridge, these are normally configured for passive systems display - leaving the actual input of engineering commands to the workstations in Main Engineering.
Alternate command post
Dominated by the reaction chamber of the matter/anti matter reaction assembly, and the glowing blue columns of the matter/antimatter magnetic constriction segments, Main Engineering is in a protected location deep within the engineering hull
the octagonal master system display work station on the enterprise operates as the heart of engineering
In an emergency it can be used as a backup control centre, its workstations having the option to be reconfigured to emulate most of the functions of the Main Bridge and the Battle Bridge.
The matter/antimatter reaction in the warp core is the most potent energy source man has ever produced, delivering energy via two power transfer conduits to the warp field nacelles. In case of serious malfunction, Main Engineering can be sealed off from the reaction core by two section isolation doors.
Containment forcefields around the warp core add a further level of protection, and in extreme situations the entire matter/antimatter system can be ejected into space.
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MASTER SITUATION DISPLAY
The cutaway schematic of the Enterprise on the rear bulkhead of Main Engineering provides an instant visual referance to the functioning of major systems and the location of many problems.
The cheif engineer's office has access to all Main Engineering displays, and also houses emergency control stations. It has a reinforced window to allow visual monitoring of the warp core.
For minute to minute management of the warp core system, the duty engineer uses a work station right next to the matter antimatter reaction chamber.
CRYSTAL ARTICULTURAL FRAME
Dilithium becomes 'porous' in a high frequency electromagnetic field, allowing anti-hydrogen to pass between its molecules without touching them. This channels the antimatter into the reaction chamber while avoiding the normal titanic release of energy when matter and antimatter meet.
- FROM MAIN ANTIMATTER STORAGE
- PLASMA STREAM
PROPULSION SYSTEMS STATUS DISPLAY
These wall mounted displays are schematics of the Enterprise's impulse drives. They allow engineering staff to monitor the starship's propulsion performances at all speeds.
- FROM MAIN DEUTERIUM TANK
The Master system display is used to monitor and control all main engineering functions. The large tabletop display panel allows duty engineers to monitor the performance of the Enterprise's systems
Matter and antimatter are injected into the flattened sphere of the reaction chamber through two long magnetic conduit segments which run from the top of the engineering hull to the keel. Matter and antimatter combine in the reaction chamber to produce energy. The reaction is controlled by dilithium crystals. Dilithium is the only known matter which under controlled conditions doen not react with anti-hydrogen.