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MODULE I : PETROLEUM AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
Distillation and fractionation of petroleum. Commercial uses of different petroleum fractions.
Analysis of petroleum products. Analysis of traces of petroleum products in forensic exhibits.
Comparison of petroleum products. Adulteration of petroleum products.
MODULE II : CASES INVOLVING ARSON
Chemistry of fire. Conditions for fire. Fire scene patterns. Location of point of ignition. Recognition of type of fire. Searching the fire scene. Collection and preservation of arson evidence.
Analysis of fire debris. Analysis of ignitable liquid residue. Post-flashover burning.
Scientific investigation and evaluation of clue materials. Information from smoke staining.
MODULE III : EXPLSOIVES
Classification of explosives – low explosives and high explosives. Homemade explosives. Military explosives. Blasting agents.
Synthesis and characteristics of TNT, PETN and RDX. Explosion process. Blast waves.
Bomb scene management.
Searching the scene of explosion. Mechanism of explosion. Post blast residue collection and analysis.
Blast injuries. Detection of hidden explosives.
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2. A.A. Moenssens, J. Starrs, C.E. Henderson and F.E. Inbau, Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 4th Edition, The Foundation Press, Inc., New York (1995)
3. W.J. Tilstone, M.L. Hastrup and C. Hald, Fisher’s, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, CRC Press, Boca Raton (2013).
4. S. Ballou, M. Houck, J.A. Siegel, C.A. Crouse, J.J. Lentini and S. Palenik in Forensic Science, D.H. Ubelaker (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester (2013).Online Resources: (Viewed on dtd. )
5. R. Saferstein, Criminalistics, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey (2004)
Commercial uses of different petroleum fractions.
Location of points of ignition, Recognition of type of fire
Analysis of ignitable liquid residue
Post flashover burning
Information from smoke staining.
Module III: Explosives
Classification of explosives- low explosives and high explosives
Explosion process. Blast waves
Bomb scene management
searching the scene of explosion
post blast residue collection and analysis.