Thermite Torch Composition

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CRANE-97179
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has developed and patented a series of compositions for thermite pyrotechnics which offer enhanced material perforation, increased reaction temperatures, and decreased toxicity. Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of a metal powder and a metal oxide. When ignited, thermite produces an exothermic reaction with extremely high temperatures. These compositions are composed of magnalium, copper oxide, molybdenum, and a binder material. These three patents represent the optimal combination of components to enhance material perforation, improved gas production, temperature stability, heat transfer, shelf life, and low toxicity.

Advantages:
- Enhanced material perforation
- Improved gas production
- Temperature stability
- Heat transfer
- Longer shelf life
- Decreased toxicity

Potential Applications:
- Disaster Clean-up
- Law Enforcement
- Mining
- Metal Cutting and Welding
- Demolition
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CON-Patent
United States
7,998,291
Aug 16, 2011

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CON-Patent
United States
7,988,802
Aug 2, 2011

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Utility Patent
United States
7,632,365
Dec 15, 2009
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