aluminothermics

aluminothermy

[uh-loo-muh-nuh-thur-mee]
noun Metallurgy.
a process of producing high temperatures by causing finely divided aluminum to react with the oxygen from another metallic oxide.
Also, aluminothermics.


Origin:
1910–15; alumino- + -thermy

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aluminothermy (əˈluːmɪnəʊˌθɜːmɪ)
 
n
Also called: thermite process a process for reducing metallic oxides using finely divided aluminium powder. The mixture of aluminium and the oxide is ignited, causing the aluminium to be oxidized and the metal oxide to be reduced to the metal

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