Other Names



Thermite is a mixture of powdered aluminum and powdered iron oxide which, when ignited by an igniter (such as black powder), burns at a temperature of about 4,000° F. White-hot molten iron is released when thermite burns, and acts as a heat reservoir to prolong and spread the incendiary effect of the thermite.


FSTC 381-5042, Handbook of Foreign Explosives (1965)

TM 3-400, Chemical Bombs and Clusters (1957)

TM 3-300, Ground Chemical Munitions (1956)

TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)