NCFS Database Quick Reference List:
The Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection (ILRC) was developed by the ILRC Committee of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosives (TWGFEX). The ILRC is a compilation of reference materials used by forensic analysts to conduct fire debris analysis. The ILRC consists of a comprehensive set of ignitable liquids and accompanying characterization data used in the analysis of fire debris samples in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E-1618 standard test methods.
The Substrate Database was developed by the ILRC Committee of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosives (TWGFEX). The Substrate Database is a compilation of characterization data from materials which may produce interfering products in fire debris. The Substrate Database is a tool designed to assist forensic analysts conducting fire debris analysis.
U.S. Y-STR Database
The significance of a Y-STR match in casework is estimated by reference to a reliable and relevant database of Y-STR profiles. The National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS), in conjunction with the Y-STR Consortium, has created a comprehensive, online Y-STR reference database of more than 13,000 haplotypes.
Smokeless powders are used for both civilian and military purposes. They are widely available for purchase by anyone who wants to hand load their own ammunition for recreational use. Smokeless powders may also be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices such as pipe bombs and as such are of interest to the law enforcement community.
The Smokeless Powders Database is a regularly updated reference collection of information and data on powders obtained from various sources including vendors and manufacturers. It is designed to assist the forensic explosives analyst in characterising, classifying and comparing smokeless powder samples based on their physical and chemical properties. Each database record contains a photomicrograph of each powder, source information, physical characteristics as well as GC-MS and FTIR data identifying the chemical components.
The database was developed by the Explosives Database Committee of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosions (TWGFEX) and is maintained by the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) at the University of Central Florida. It orginiates from the pioneering work of Ron Kelly of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Wayne Moorehead of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Forensic Sciences Division in California.
The National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) of the University of Central Florida (UCF) working in partnership with the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) created a Burning Item Database. This effort was funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) under contract 2008-DN-BX-K167.
The purpose of the Burning Item Database (BID) is to provide a central location to describe the burning characteristics of common household/office items. Having this information in a central location will facilitate sharing data and knowledge with the rest of the fire research and engineering community, thus reducing the time needed to search for information on the internet and possibly avoiding or limiting duplicate fire tests.
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