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… Expand
Evaluation of Cross‐contamination of Nylon Bags with Heavy‐loaded Gasoline Fire Debris and with Automotive Paint Thinner
The possibility of cross‐contamination during transport from the fire scene to the laboratory, in normal casework conditions in the U.K., was studied for two brands of nylon bags, using simulated heavy‐loaded fire debris. Expand
Study of the suitability of DUO plastic bags for the storage of dynamites.
DUO plastic bags have shown less background signals than the Royal Pack bags, being the former bags much more suitable for the storage of dynamites. Expand
Developing a Method for the Collection and Analysis of Burnt Remains for the Detection and Identification of Ignitable Liquid Residues Using Body Bags, Dynamic Headspace Sampling, and TD-GC×GC-TOFMS
In cases of suspected arson, a body may be intentionally burnt to cause loss of life, dispose of remains, or conceal identification. A primary focus of a fire investigation, particularly involvingExpand
Characterization of a headspace sampling method with a five-component diesel fuel surrogate
Abstract PLOT-cryoadsorption concentrates headspace vapors by sweeping them through porous layer open tubular (PLOT) capillaries chilled to 0 °C to promote adsorption onto an alumina layer. ComparedExpand
Volatile organic compounds in polyethylene bags-A forensic perspective.
Polyethylene bags, though not recommended, are sometimes used in some countries as improvised packaging for items sent to be analysed for the presence of volatile organic compounds, namely ignitableExpand
Detection of petrol residues in natural and synthetic textiles before and after burning using SPME and GC-MS
ABSTRACT Petrol derivatives are often used as fire accelerants, and determination of their residues in arson cases could be useful for investigation of these crimes. Among the commercially availableExpand
A method for forensic gasoline comparison in fire debris samples: A numerical likelihood ratio system.
It is concluded that, despite limitations in experimental design, this likelihood-ratio (LR) system can be useful to the comparison of gasoline profiles in casework practice. Expand
Chromatographic analysis of the traces of 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile with passive adsorption from the headspace on Tenax TA and Carbotrap 300.
The research demonstrated that CS is unstable in methanol and hydrolyze to 2-chlorobenzaldehyde, and twist-of glass jars and nylon bags are not entirely gas-tight and should not be used as a package on the adsorption stage. Expand


Performance Testing of Commercial Containers for Collection and Storage of Fire Debris Evidence
Results are presented that reveal the most vapor‐tight container to be a properly heat‐sealed copolymer bag. Expand
An Evaluation of Different Evidence Bags Used for Sampling and Storage of Fire Debris
ABSTRACTMany investigators use evidence bags as storage containers for fire debris samples collected for accelerant determinations. This study deals with an evaluation of the bags available to thisExpand
Absorption of ignitable liquids into polyethylene/polyvinylidine dichloride bags.
  • M. Kočiško
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Journal of forensic sciences
  • 2001
Cryovac and Globus brand polyethylene/polyvinylidine dichloride bags were tested for suitability in storing ignitable liquid evidence and were found to absorb components of diesel, kerosene, and gasoline and produce interfering by-products that obstruct the chromatographic results. Expand
Arson Evidence Container Evaluation: II. “New Generation” Kapak Bags
Packaging for arson evidence must be convenient to transport to and from the scene, available in a range of sizes, water resistant, easy to seal, and effective at providing containment of accelerantExpand
Fire debris analysis, 1st edn
  • 2008
Fire debris analysis, 1st edn. Amster- dam
  • 2008
Study of nylon bags for packaging fire debris
  • CAC News,
  • 2008
In search of the perfect container for fire debris evidence
  • Fire Arson Investig
  • 2000
Arson evidence container evaluation: II
  • J Forensic Sci
  • 1991