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ASTM E3197-23

Standard Terminology Relating to Examination of Fire Debris

Standard Terminology Relating to Examination of Fire Debris E3197-23 ASTM|E3197-23|en-US Standard Terminology Relating to Examination of Fire Debris Standard new BOS Vol. 14.02 Committee E30
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Significance and Use

3.1 These terms have particular application to fire debris analysis. In addition, several sources of definitions were used in the development of this terminology: Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Fifteenth Edition (1);4 Kirk’s Fire Investigation, Fifth Edition (2); The Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum, Third Edition (3); Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition (4); and Fire Debris Analysis (5). A suitable definition was developed after all of the sources were found wanting.


1.1 This terminology standard is a compilation of terms and corresponding definitions that are used in fire debris analysis. Some legal or scientific terms that are generally understood or defined adequately in other readily available sources are included.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.3 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 14.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/E3197-23
ICS Code: 01.040.13; 13.220.99