If a force could vaporise solid steel, wouldn't 'dust' be one of the first things to be vapourised along with it? There wouldn't be any dust remaining in such an event. Gas, but not dust.
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You can turn steel to dust with a file or abrasive stone, although it would take a long time. But there's no physical mechanism of turning steel to dust with an energy beam. All you can do is heat it up.So vaporization of steel is out first round then, isn't it ridiculous to even consider? Woods just made up the word 'dustification', under *no circumstance* could steel turn to dust, right?
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You’d need the right dust/air mix for an explosion. So not really. Probably impossible.I’ve read that IF one could turn steel into dust, then it’s likely that there would of been a massive dust explosion, similar to a wheat dust explosion.
Perhaps worse than a wheat dust explosion, since metal “dusts” can be used as a fuel source for fuel-air bombs.
Any opinions on that?
You can turn steel to dust with a file or abrasive stone, although it would take a long time. But there's no physical mechanism of turning steel to dust with an energy beam. All you can do is heat it up.
Steel is not like concrete. You could perhaps imagine some kind of very strong energy beam shaking concrete until it fractured and turned to dust. But steel does not fracture when you shake it, it's very plastic.
It's basically magic. There's no known technology that would do that without basically melting the beams.
And it's all moot anyway, as the steel did not turn to dust, there's zero evidence of that.
USS New York (LPD-21)
, the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York. New York has a crew of 360 and can carry up to 700 Marines. A symbolic amount of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks was used in her construction.[1
7.5 short tons (6.8 t) of the steel used in the ship's construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center; this represents less than one thousandth of the total weight of the ship