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Fun and games with thermite

April 19, 2006

Thermite is a finely-powdered mixture of iron oxide and aluminum.  Once it starts burning, it will burn through just about anything.  Suppose you were a British chemist, had a large bucket of thermite, a French car, and a wicked sense of humor? You’d make this video: Thermite Experiments

There are two experiments – the first is with thermite and liquid nitrogen (“a clear victory for thermite”) and the second is with the car.  :lol:

(from Pharyngula.)

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  1. April 20, 2006 at 09:17 | #1

    Damn. Is this stuff for real? Enough of that dropped on Irans suspected nuke facilities might do the trick, huh?

  2. April 20, 2006 at 10:46 | #2

    Military has thermite grenades for destruction of classified equipment and documents, we use to carry them all the time. Very nasty stuff.

  3. April 20, 2006 at 20:43 | #3

    Had four thermite grenades on an M48 tank:  One on the breech mechanism of the gun, one on the engine, one on the transmission and one in the gun tube.  Completely disable the tank.  Everybody does the same thing (it’s a chapter in the tech manual) and there are no spare parts to make a usable tank from the wrecks. 

    thermite is wonderful stuff.  It can be used in non-destructive ways to provide molten iron for field welding of things.  In the electrical field, a copper-based thermite reaction is commonly used to bond ground cables to structural steel isomg graphite moulds.


  4. zilch
    April 21, 2006 at 03:16 | #4

    very very silly…

  5. pyro freak
    March 24, 2007 at 22:57 | #5

    if you read the link from clicking on themite in the paragraph above you will see a device called HELLHOUND I think it was… Now not saying from experence;) but if you use water H2O instead of fuel Gas whatnot dont you think the results WOULD be unheard of?? I mean burning Hydrogen and oxygen in a H+O to air ratio. HMMMM!!!

  6. chemistyfreak
    April 30, 2009 at 10:00 | #6

    if you did use water (H2O) it would have no effect, because the heat from the thermite reaction would not be able to separate the H2O into its base compounds.  so basically your desire for an explosive bomb would result in quite the disappointment.

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