Volume 31, Issue 3 (July 1986)

    Quick Test for Accelerants after Steam Distillation

    (Received 11 January 1985; accepted 15 October 1985)

    Published Online: July


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    Gage-O® paste for gasoline detection is placed on a 3-mm diameter glass rod and inserted for 30 s into the water-organic interface of the distillate in the Barrett receiver after steam distilling the suspected residue. If accelerants such as gasoline, turpentine, paint thinner, or brush cleaner are present, a small white line, which fluoresces intensely with long wavelength ultraviolet radiation, appears. The remaining accelerant can be confirmed by separation with gas chromatography.

    Author Information:

    Fulton, BA
    Director of analytical research, Ampex Corp., Opelika, AL

    Meloan, CE
    Professor of analytical chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

    Stock #: JFS11116J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11116J

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    Title Quick Test for Accelerants after Steam Distillation
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30