1. Scope 1.1 This test method covers the extraction and identification of components of biodiesel products in fire debris and liquid samples. 1.2 This test method is suitable for extracting and identifying fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) and petroleum distillates found in biodiesel. 1.3 The identification of a specific source of the FAMEs or the proportion of the blend of biodiesel requires quantitative analysis and is beyond the scope of this test method. 1.4 This test method cannot replace the requisite knowledge, skills, or abilities acquired through appropriate education, training, and experience and should be used in conjunction with sound professional judgment. 1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Biodiesel products are becoming more widely available and could potentially be used as an ignitable liquid in an incendiary fire. Currently there is no ASTM standard for use by the forensic community that addresses the analysis of biodiesel products in fire debris.
Keywordsignitable liquid; fire debris analysis
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.Back to Top