Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)

    Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry of Simulated Arson Residue Using Gasoline as an Accelerant

    (Received 12 July 1976; accepted 25 August 1976)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Because gasoline is the most common accelerant used in arson [1], the forensic scientist would like to be able to determine whether or not fire residues contain traces of gasoline. This is a difficult analytical problem since (1) gasoline is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and special purpose additives and its composition varies unpredictably by brand and refinery runs, and (2) the changes in gasoline composition during the vagaries of a fire are not easy to predict.


    Author Information:

    Mach, MH
    Member of the technical staff, Chemistry and Physics Laboratory, The Ivan A. Getting Laboratories, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.


    Stock #: JFS10596J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10596J

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    Title Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry of Simulated Arson Residue Using Gasoline as an Accelerant
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    Committee E30