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Old 01-08-2018, 07:38 PM   #46
Ulzgoroth
 
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Default Re: Accumulators: A concept for GURPS Spaceships

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Originally Posted by gruundehn View Post
No. The chemical composition of chemical batteries will have varying current based upon the resistance of the external circuit. But the chemical action produces electrons not voltage. Granted, by Ohm's Law, the three are highly interconnected but the chemical action produces electrons.
That's true in a sense, but it's a rather tortured sense. The chemical action 'produces' (at one end, 'consumes' at the other) electrons to (and from) the electrodes. But the reactions also point to a specific electrochemical, and thus electrical, potential.

It should be fairly obvious that the chemistry in a battery doesn't have any direct dependency on the resistance of the external circuit. What the resistance does is determine (in combination with the voltage) a rate limit on the flow of electrons which is (under typical conditions) the rate-limiting step in the battery reactions.
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