Volume 35, Issue 5 (September 1990)

    An Accelerant Classification Scheme Based on Analysis by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)

    (Received 24 July 1989; accepted 20 September 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS) using ion chromatography profiling allows the arson examiner to gather information about the chemical nature of the hydrocarbons present in a fire debris sample. Fragmentions have been identified that provide specific analyses for alkanes, cycloparaffins, aromatics, naphthalenes, and dihydroindenes. An accelerant classification scheme currently used only classifies accelerants by their boiling point ranges into light, medium, and heavy petroleum distillates and gasoline. Many flammable liquids do not properly fall into one of these categories. An expanded accelerant classification scheme that takes into account the chemical nature of the accelerant, in addition to its boiling point range, is described here.


    Author Information:

    Nowicki, J
    Forensic scientist, Illinois State Police, Suburban Chicago Forensic Science Laboratory, Maywood, IL


    Stock #: JFS12930J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12930J

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    Title An Accelerant Classification Scheme Based on Analysis by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
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    Committee E30