Originally posted by Varemia
reply to post by AwakeinNM
What if the jet fuel saturated furnishings and carpet? Wouldn't that make it last for longer?
Check this out:
The maximum temperatures recorded were 1213°C (atmosphere) and 1150°C (steel beams).
Those are normal office fire temperatures, not jet fuel fed fires.
It didn't have time to saturate carpet. Look at the graphic of the deformation of the slab in your own reference website - the deformation is limited to the area of the fire. Was the entire floor on fire of either tower? No. Was the entire exterior structure breached by the plane? No. It. Was. Not.... Not. Even. Close.
The exterior structure would have had to be compromised somehow - ALL the way around - for the building to collapse straight down. Otherwise, it would have listed at an angle and the top would have fallen over - and the structure underneath the damage would have remained intact.
Use your heads, people. Seriously. This whole argument is getting so ridiculous. BUILDINGS DO NOT COLLAPSE BY THEMSELVES.