Can I make a rocket by mixing aluminum + iodine (+ water catalyst)?

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Vigorous, spontaneous reaction that releases gaseous aluminum iodide and ~2000 C degrees temperature?
Basically it's a well known reaction, many kids on youtube make it for the views:



I am thinking, since AlI3 sublimes can it be put in say tungsten bottle (is this even a thing??) and then used as a rocket the same way Na+H2O or HCL+Al rockets are used - the gas escapes? This phase transformation of the halide is very hot though which is why I'm suggesting thungsten container since it has melting point of 3400 degrees compared to the 2000 or so reached during the reaction. I suspect the tungsten will get very soft and elastic and glowing yellow/red during the process.
 
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Tungsten is not exactly ideal rocket material. It is considerably heavier then lead.
Also who makes rockets from HCl and Al? Back to the drawing board
 
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Tungsten is not exactly ideal rocket material. It is considerably heavier then lead.
Also who makes rockets from HCl and Al? Back to the drawing board

I'm not saying it's a good choice at all...even among hobbiests who use "rocket candy", the question is if the gas expands fast enough to create thrust:

 
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On another note both HCL and the halide are very unsafe to use especially in their gas form when the wind can blow them into you, which is why I said that kids use them as evident by the youtube videos.
 
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So why are you repeating this supercilious crap?
 
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So why are you repeating this supercilious crap?

Sorry what?? It's just a question, can it happen or not? I was just proving my point that it's far from ideal...the question remains though lol.
 
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Thread locked.

Google "aluminum iodide MSDS" for starters on safety concerns.
 

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