9-11: Jet Fuel Can't Burn Construction-Grade Steel
Victor Thorn
9-11: Jet Fuel Can't Burn Construction-Grade Steel
Fri Apr 23, 2004 02:29

9-11: Jet Fuel Can't Burn Construction-Grade Steel
by Victor Thorn - sisyphus1285@cs.com
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The official government version of how the World Trade Center collapsed has been well-established. Due to excessive heat created by airliners crashing into each tower, the building’s support beams melted, subsequently causing each structure to pancake to the ground.

But is this the way it really happened? The laws of physics seem to contradict this account. How so? Well, to begin, construction-grade steel (and I think we can all agree that the WTC engineers would have used only the highest grade steel possible) melts at 2795 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a proven fact, as can be seen from the website: http://www.chemicalelements.com/elements/fe.html . Meanwhile, according to a BBC report on September 13, 2001 entitled How the World Trade Center Fell, the WTC steel cores reached a temperature of 1472 degrees Fahrenheit, which, coincidentally, is the maximum temperature of jet fuel, but nowhere near the 2795 degrees needed to melt steel.

Now, of course, we need to look for other sources of information, but instead of quoting “conspiracy theorists” (which the establishment media always seems to sneer at), we’ll stick with the government’s own sources. FEMA itself said that temperatures inside the WTC towers reached 1700-2000 degrees Fahrenheit – somewhat higher than the BBC’s estimates, but still not nearly enough to melt steel.

As you can see, we’re beginning to have a problem trying to coincide how jet fuel can melt construction-grade steel. So, let’s ponder this question: what do welders or factory workers use to melt steel? Answer: acetylene torches, electric arcs, or bottled oxygen. And do they ever use jet fuel as their energy source? Never, because jet fuel doesn’t burn hot enough. It has an ignition temperature of 410 degrees Fahrenheit, and if they tried to cut or melt steel with it, they’d sit there all day because it never reaches a high enough temperature. What jet fuel (or a similar derivative) is used for is lamp oil, charcoal starter fluid, or to run lawnmowers – not to cut or melt steel.

Now, if the laws of physics aren’t enough to convince you that something is awry, consider these words from author Eric Hufschmid in Time for Painful Questions: “Fire has never caused a steel building to collapse.” Ever! In the history of the world, fire has never caused a steel building to collapse, yet on the morning of 9-11, TWO of them did! Even Philadelphia’s raging 1991 Meridian Plaza fire (often called the most significant fire of the 20th century) which blazed on eight floors for nineteen straight hours and was countless times more extreme than that which affected the WTC towers, still didn’t cause that building to collapse. But we’re expected to believe that these two relatively smaller fires on 9-11 reduced the world’s two tallest structures to dust.

Further, in the mid-1990s, the British Steel and Building Research Establishment did an experiment on the affects of fire on steel buildings. During these tests they raised the temperatures well above those produced by jet fuels – up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit – yet not one of these buildings collapsed in any of their six experiments.

With this information in mind, let’s return to the morning of September 11th. As we all remember, when the second jet crashed into the South Tower, most of its fuel splashed outside of the building upon impact because it struck the corner. Now, ponder this point – this tower was hit after the first tower, most of the fuel splashed outside the building, and the fire was significantly smaller. Yet, the government wants us to believe that the construction-grade steel beams collapsed first. How? The North Tower was hit first, and its fire burned more rapidly. Establishment media “experts” realized the inherent problems with this scenario, so they explained that the support beams got “soft” from the fire; then collapsed. If we accept this thesis, then logically the North Tower should have fallen first; yet it came down twenty minutes after the South Tower despite having a much larger fire.

But we need to return to the laws of physics once again, for after each airliner crashed into the WTC towers, the great explosions consumed most of the jet fuel within minutes. In a report entitled Jet Fuel: How Hot Did It Heat the World Trade Center that was posted on Hawaii Indymedia, we find this scientific observation: “The time to consume the jet fuel can be reasonably computed. At the upper bound, if one assumes that all 10,000 gallons of fuel were evenly spread across a single building floor, it would form a pool that would be consumed by the fire in less than five minutes.”

Of course, other items were also burning, including the cabinets, carpets, walls, paper, and furniture inside the WTC towers. But even then, if all of these items burned with perfect efficiency, the temperature could still not reach that needed to melt steel. Try it sometime. Plus, after the initial blaze, we could see on TV that by 9:03 am – only eighteen minutes after the first tower was struck – most of the fire was reduced to black smoke, thus meaning that it was starved for oxygen and was by now just a smoldering, low-temperature fire – not a continual rip-roaring blaze. What this obviously implies is that liquid fuel doesn’t burn hot for long, and it evaporates or boils as it burns.

So, two huge questions remain: (1) what actually made this construction-grade steel melt when it obviously wasn’t jet fuel, and (2) how could the South Tower collapse in just 47 minutes – half the time it took for the North Tower to come down – when it had a much smaller fire? Maybe the 9-11 Commission should start finding answers for these questions.

Bombs in the World Trade Center
by Victor Thorn

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, New York City firefighters seemed to have the World Trade Center fires under control. Take, for instance, this excerpt from one of their radio transmissions after they had reached the uppermost floors at the point of impact: “Battalion seven … Ladder fifteen, we’ve got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock it down with two lines.” Two of the men’s voices on these tapes – Battalion Chief Orio J. Palmer and Fire Marshal Ronald P. Bucca, had reached the South Tower’s 78th floor. From all accounts, those who had heard these New York Fire Department tapes said that the firefighters judged the blazes to be manageable. Excerpts:

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