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This practice covers the procedure for separating visible quantities of water insoluble hydrocarbons from samples of fire debris.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences, this practice was withdrawn in January 2009 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This practice covers the procedure for separating visible quantities of water insoluble hydrocarbons from samples of fire debris.
1.2 This practice is recommended only for samples which have a detectable odor of petroleum distillates when examined at room temperature.
1.3 This practice can yield useful extracts by the application of a solvent to the distillation trap in the event that only small quantities of hydrocarbons are obtained.
1.4 Alternate separation and concentration procedures are listed in the referenced documents.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
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ASTM E1385-00, Standard Practice for Separation and Concentration of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Steam Distillation (Withdrawn 2009), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2000, www.astm.orgBack to Top