term "Thermite" refers to the mixture of aluminum and ferric oxide used
in this experiment. It is sold commercially and is used for such
applications as railroad welding and incendiary
Rust and aluminum are
combined and ignited with a magnesium ribbon. Molten iron is produced
and lots of energy is released. This demonstration produces heat at
above 2800oF or 1500oC.
Fe2O3 + 2 Al --> Al2O3 +
Safety-This is an
extremely DANGEROUS reaction and should only be done by trained
professionals. Since YOU are not a trained professional DON"T try it.