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Metallurgic 911 Jet Fuel Myth


If you haven’t seen the documentary “Loose Change“, it is worth a view. However within the movie, they form an argument that opposes the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report. Basically, a metallurgic 911 myth about jet fuel not being able to melt structural steel was introduced to the non-metallurgic population. The argument is that jet fuel only burns at 1500 degrees and steel begins to melt at 2300. Thus, the steel beams of the twin towers could not have been melted by the heat from the jet fuel. Therefore the NIST report was false.


The author of the above video is Pergatory Iron Works. They have been building metalurgic, iron based art works for over twenty years. Experience counts!

Metallurgic 911 Jet Fuel Myth

Heat, in the range 1500 degree Fahrenheit can noodle structural steel. Although this is not a nondestructive test, it is an example of why non-metallurgists should refrain from promoting the metallurgic 911 jet fuel myth.


NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.


NIST’s vision is to be the world’s leader in creating critical measurement solutions and promoting equitable standards. Our efforts stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.


NIST’s core competencies are measurement science, rigorous traceability, and development and use of standards.

NIST Report

Final Reports released in September 2005:


NIST NCSTAR 1: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Tower


NIST NCSTAR 1-1: Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Structural and Life Safety Systems



NIST NCSTAR 1-2: Baseline Structural Performance and Aircraft Impact Damage Analysis of the World Trade Center Towers



NIST NCSTAR 1-3: Mechanical and Metallurgical Analysis of Structural Steel



NIST NCSTAR 1-4: Active Fire Protection Systems



NIST NCSTAR 1-5: Reconstruction of the Fires in the World Trade Center Towers



NIST NCSTAR 1-6: Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of the World Trade Center Towers



NIST NCSTAR 1-7: Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communication



NIST NCSTAR 1-8: The Emergency Response Operations



Final Reports released in November 2008:


NIST NCSTAR 1A: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 *



* Errata for NIST NCSTAR 1A, NIST NCSTAR 1-9, and NIST NCSTAR 1-9A, Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of World Trade Center Building 7 (January 2009, April 2012, and June 2012)

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