Even More Thermite Lies

Yet more problems have been found with the April 2009 paper on nanothermite at the WTC by Steven Jones et al and the evidence is found here.

            First of all, as I pointed out in a previous article, the paper in question was NOT properly peer-reviewed and was published by Bentham online which is notorious for its shoddy standards and the editor  resigned in protest ( source ).

            11-settembre  provides a few pictures of the so-called “proof” about a quarter of the way down the page.

            As we see here, while the paper does ( surprisingly) admit that calcium and sulfur could be explained by the gypsum, aka drywall that was present in the towers (You think?!),  and focus on the frequent occurrence of carbon, oxygen, iron, aluminum and silicon.

            The paper states that when placed in a solvent, the red layer was revealed to be composed of oxygen, silicon, carbon, and iron ( reference ).            Jones et al used methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)  on the red layer and say they obtained samples of pure aluminum.  However, there is one tiny little problem:  MEK reacts quite vigorously with aluminum, which would obviously skew the results ( reference ).

            11-settembre  provides this quote from an Italian paper, translated into English: Stability and reactivity The product is stable in normal conditions of storage and use. Heat or fire can cause the release of carbon oxides and vapors that can be harmful. Vapors can form explosive mixtures with air. Methyl ethyl ketone reacts with light metals, such as aluminum, and with strong oxidizers: it attacks various kinds of plastic. Unsuitable materials: natural rubber, butyl rubber, EPDM, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, Polyacrylonitrile. Suitable materials: stainless steel, carbon steel, polyester, Teflon.

            In short, the conclusion reached in the paper is erroneous and it is more likely that there is no pure aluminum or it’s been severely oxidized ( source ).

            As we see here,  the red particles are clearly Fe2O3,  or iron oxide and Jones et al assume that the presence of iron oxide combined with elemental aluminum prove thermite-  they would do well to remember the old adage as to why one should never assume. Then again, the first three letters of assume accurately describe what the “truthers” keep making of themselves. 11-settembre http://11-settembre.blogspot.com/2009/04/active-thermitic-material-claimed-in.html

also points out that the presence of reactive aluminum is VERY uncertain.

            This quote from 11-settembre  drives the point home quite nicely ( emphasis is mine): “I believe, therefore, there is good reason to question this forced conclusion, which contrasts with the rules of chemistry. The authors claim to have found nanoparticles of elemental aluminum, which cannot be all that reactive if they remain unchanged after 55 hours in a methyl ethyl ketone bath (in other words, one can deduce that they should be surrounded by a compact layer of aluminum oxide, a material that withstands extremely high temperatures and has a very high hardness), yet react violently already at 430°C to trigger a thermitic reaction.”

            As for the red chips, they are indeed composed of Fe2O3 or iron ( III ) oxide, which, in lay man’s terms, is rust.  Remember, the Twin Towers were 3 decades old and, as 11-settembre  correctly points out, were in a rather brackish environment.  Hmm, rust in a 3-decade-old building located in a brackish area?! Perish the thought!

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