1. There are suggestions of nanothermite having been used at the WTC. Who has the ability to produce such a material? Due to its limited industrial applications, it would appear that a realitively small number of organisations would be able to make such a compound. Has anybody investigated this issue?
Welcome. Yes, there are several places that produce energetic composite nanomaterials (hereafter called "nanothermite"). There are two main uses for this material:
1. Rocket fuel and propellants
2. Munitions and explosives
The main centres for research are in the USA: Lawerence Livermore Laboratories, SANDIA organisation and the US Navy's Indian Head facility just outside of Washington. One of the organisations most involved in coordinating research into such materials is er... NIST.
There are other countries that are also interested in such materials: Russia and France being the most noteworthy.
On 21st September 2001, 10 days after 9/11 the French manufacturing plant for rocket fuel, SNPE, blew up - blowing out just about every window in Toulose.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosion_ ... e_Toulouse
(You'll need to parse this through the Google translator)
The explosion was blamed on a Muslim that just joined the adjoining AZF factory just a week earlier and died in the blast. The official investigation into this allegation is extremely flawed. A french maths teacher has done extensive research and has argued convincingly that there were two explosions - one of which was within the SNPE compound.
The most likely source of the nanothermite is the US Navy Indian Head facility which cost $8billion to manufacture in the 1990s. This plant produces the explosive compound known as IH-135 which is reasonably widely discussed as having the properties suitable for use for building structure demolition.
I hope that helps and happy to discuss other aspects.
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