1.Scope 1.1This guide is intended as an introduction to other standard guides for the forensic examination of pressure sensitive adhesive tape. It is intended to assist individuals who conduct forensic tape analyses in their evaluation, selection, and application of tests that can be of value to their examinations. This guide describes the construction and classification of various tapes and the methods to develop discriminatory information using an efficient order of testing. However, it is not intended as a detailed methods description or rigid scheme for the analysis and comparison of tapes, but as a guide to the strengths and limitations of each analytical method. The goal is to provide a consistent approach to forensic tape analysis. 1.2The forensic tape examiner addresses concerns such as sample size, complexity and condition of the sample, environmental effects, collection and packaging methods, and case / investigation specific issues. These factors require that the forensic tape examiner choose test methods, sample preparation schemes, testing sequences, and degree of sample alteration and consumption that are suitable to each specific case.
Keywordspressure tape; forensic comparison
Currently no ASTM standard exists for the forensic examination and comparison of pressure tape. The OSAC has requested this guide be published for use in the forensic community.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.Back to Top
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