- In his paper, "Why Did the World
Trade Center Collapse? Science, Engineering, and Speculation," Prof.
Thomas Eagar of MIT wrote:
- "Some reports suggest that the aluminum
from the aircraft ignited, creating very high temperatures. While it is
possible to ignite aluminum under special conditions, such conditions are
not commonly attained in a hydrocarbon-based diffuse flame. In addition,
the flame would be white hot, like a giant sparkler. There was no evidence
of such aluminum ignition, which would have been visible even through the
- Eagar is apparently unaware of photographs
and videos of the World Trade Center towers that show exactly the white
flames that occur when thermite reacts producing molten iron and aluminum
oxide. In the process steel can be cut like butter.
- When sulphur (2 percent) is added to
the aluminum-ferrous oxide mixture, the compound is known as thermate and
the steel cutting capability is greatly increased because the melting temperature
of the steel is lowered. In this case the steel columns of the WTC could
have been cut as easily as a warm knife slices through butter.
- This white flame is located at the same
corner of the South Tower, at the 81st floor, at the same time as the cascade
of molten metal flowed from the corner - at the same level. This thermite
reaction appears to be occurring on the end of a column which has fallen
through the corner. In the previous photo one can see that this metal column
appears to have fallen through the corner.
- This white flame is producing whitish
oxides - exactly what one would find with a thermite reaction. This is
the aluminum oxide that is produced in the reaction. The other products
are molten iron and an immense amount of heat.
- Clearly something was burning white hot
on steel columns at the 81st floor area and creating a large amount of
molten iron. What was burning here - it if not thermite or thermate?