Performance Testing of the New AMPAC Fire Debris Bag Against Three Other Commercial Fire Debris Bags *

  title={Performance Testing of the New AMPAC Fire Debris Bag Against Three Other Commercial Fire Debris Bags *},
  author={Michiel M. P. Grutters and J. W. Dogger and Jeanet Hendrikse},
  journal={Journal of Forensic Sciences},
Abstract:  Fire debris evidence is collected and stored in a wide range of containers, including various polymer bags. Four different polymer bags have been investigated, including the NYLON, DUO, ALU, and AMPAC bags. The latter is the successor of the Kapak Fire DebrisPAK™. Microscopy and infrared spectroscopy were used to elucidate the composition of the bags. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to investigate performance parameters such as background volatiles, leak rate, cross… 

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