Differentiation of Asphalt and Smoke Condensates from Liquid Petroleum Distillates Using GC/MS

    Volume 43, Issue 1 (January 1998)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1998

    Page Count: 17


    Lentini, JJ
    Director, Fire Investigation Laboratory, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Marietta, GA

    (Received 5 March 1997; accepted 6 May 1997)

    Abstract

    A method of comparing selected ion profiles of fire debris extracts for the purpose of differentiating background residues produced by burning asphalt from liquid petroleum distillates is discussed. Passive headspace concentration (ASTM E 1412) has the capacity to fractionate asphalt condensates, resulting in the production of chromatographic patterns remarkably similar to fuel oils. By examining the alkenes produced when asphalt burns, the smoke condensates can be differentiated from kerosene or diesel fuel.


    Paper ID: JFS16096J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS16096J

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    Title Differentiation of Asphalt and Smoke Condensates from Liquid Petroleum Distillates Using GC/MS
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    Committee E30