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NCJ Number: NCJ 241239     Find in a Library
Title: Comparison of New Ampac Bags and FireDebrisPAK® Bags as Packaging for Fire Debris Analysis
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Author(s): Rafel Borusiewicz, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:July 2012  Pages:1059 to 1069
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This research compared FireDebrisPAK® bags with new material offered by Ampac.
Abstract: The FireDebrisPAK® bags that were produced by Kapak were considered to be one of the best containers for fire debris. Kapak bags were discontinued; however, from July 2010, Ampac is offering a new packaging material. The aim of the presented research was to compare the properties (durability, background interferences, and permeability) of Kapak bags and packaging material offered by Ampac. The analysis was conducted by passive adsorption from the headspace with subsequent thermal desorption and analysis by GC-MS. The results proved that the properties of the compared materials are similar. Their greatest advantage is that they are impermeable for components of flammable liquids, so there is no danger of losing analytes or cross-contamination. Their one significant drawback is that they should not be exposed to temperatures above 80°C. At this temperature, they become soft, their inner layer is compromised (becomes sticky), and they emit some volatile organic compounds. Among them, there are compounds that constitute the components of some of flammable liquids. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Analysis ; Hazardous substances or materials ; Fire suppression equipment
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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