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Identifying Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris : A Guideline for Forensic Experts (Paperback) (Jeanet
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Identifying Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris discusses tactics on the identification of ignitable liquid residues in fire debris, a task that can be difficult and challenging. It requires a broad knowledge of ignitable liquid products, combustion products, and other possible interferences, as well as the limitations of the analytical methods employed.
Knowledge of the variation in composition of the many ignitable liquid products on the market is necessary to identify them in fire debris samples. In addition, knowledge on substrates that may contain residues of an ignitable liquid as an ingredient is necessary to determine the evidential value of the fire debris analysis results obtained in order to avoid false negative identifications.
Different guidelines which describe (minimum) criteria for the identification of ignitable liquids in fire debris samples can be found in this book. The authors of this document felt the need to establish a guideline that discusses, and in particular, illustrates the characteristics of different ignitable liquid products in more detail.
This guideline builds on the minimum criteria of the ignitable liquid classes defined in the internationally accepted standard ASTM E1618 Standard Test Method for Ignitable Liquid Residues in Extracts from Fire Debris Samples by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, which is used as a base document by many fire debris experts around the world.
- Discusses the characteristics and variations in chemical composition of different classes of the ignitable liquid products defined by ASTM E1618:14
- Covers the General Production Processes of Ignitable Liquid Products
- Includes a guide for the Identification of Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris