Are there any pictures where you use thermite in a casting
process? Enquiring minds want to know and see....
Thus far, it’s been a matter of experimenting with the viability of
mixtures. Proof of concept more than anything.
Sourcing and testing local resources. Ratios of oxide to fuel.
Testing the equipment.
For example a good source of iron oxide is the local hardware store,
cement pigments, they work very well, and colour seems to be a
factor (what that factor actually is, is still under investigation).
Here are some minor reactions :-
Black Iron Oxide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCyRfWbFGY
As expected, no problem with the reaction.
Red Iron Oxide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5-VhwBQo84
The powder was a little compressed, so ignition was unable to be
maintained. A bit of agitation and the mixture completed combustion.
The compression was due to the nature of the oxide.
Yellow Iron Oxide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEEPPLMecgA Same as
The next step is to take the equipment to the next, and implementing
it into a gravity casting system. The important consideration is to
have enough material to have a molten flow, and a delivery system so
that casting can take place.
This process works with any metal oxide, it’s just about getting the
ratios correct, and in the case of titanium, you need to add a few
Can you make alloys this way, yep, and there are a few people
attempting to make steel this way.
Regards Charles A.