Originally Posted by Miragememories
What this means is that real-world nanothermite performs very poorly! You get FeAl2
instead of pure iron and aluminum oxide because nanometer-sized aluminum loses so much of its mass by oxidation to Al2
, hence much of the Fe2
is only partially reduced. (You can look at FeAl2
from the standpoint of chemical composition as FeO (iron II oxide) + Al2
.) The study actually shows that micron-sized Al outperforms nanometer-sized Al in a gel composition.
Harrit should go back and start looking for previously invisible micron-sized aluminum spheres in his samples, instead of trying to pass off obvious platelets of aluminum silicate as “nano-aluminum” platelets, which would perform even worse
than nano-aluminum spheres!
Here’s the money quote from the article:
In other words, micron-sized aluminum in thermite outperforms nano-meter sized aluminum, but formulating thermite into a gel makes it easier to ignite. That is all. Class dismissed.
Really, MM, it’s time for you to hang up your Truther hat, and get on with the business of living. You wasted years of your life as a Truther. Trutherism failed because it was never interested in the truth, but was instead powered by an agenda. This is deadly to genuine science. Steven Jones has moved on and is now touting electrical circuits that supposedly put out more energy that energy than what is put in.
Next stop: he’ll be touting Dr. Quack’s Miracle Cure-All and Metal Polish.
MM, stop embarrassing yourself as one of the last of a dying breed; do yourself a favor and move on.