Spontaneous Combustion

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NASP Presentation by Ron Thaman, MS, CSP and Joe Carey, Esq. given at national conference November

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Spontaneous Combustion

  1. 1. RON THAMAN, MS, CSP JOE CAREY, ESQ. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION FIRES
  2. 2. After 40 years in the consulting business, its time to share…
  3. 3. Preliminary information on Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Spontaneous Human </li></ul><ul><li>Combustion </li></ul><ul><li>My cousin Vinny </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance videos </li></ul>
  4. 4. Spontaneous Human Combustion <ul><li>Fact or mistruth? </li></ul><ul><li>“ My Cousin Vinny” has the </li></ul><ul><li>answer! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Preliminary information on Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Spontaneous Human </li></ul><ul><li>Combustion </li></ul><ul><li>My cousin Vinny </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance videos </li></ul>
  6. 6. Legal Ramifications <ul><li>What a defense lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>What a plaintiff lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>Daubert challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Spoliation of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>What modern jurors expect </li></ul>
  7. 7. Legal Ramifications <ul><li>What a defense lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>What a plaintiff lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>Daubert challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Spoliation of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>What modern jurors expect </li></ul>
  8. 8. Legal Ramifications <ul><li>What a defense lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>What a plaintiff lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>Daubert challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Spoliation of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>What modern jurors expect </li></ul>
  9. 9. Legal Ramifications <ul><li>What a defense lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>What a plaintiff lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>Daubert challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Spoliation of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>What modern jurors expect </li></ul>
  10. 10. Legal Ramifications <ul><li>What a defense lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>What a plaintiff lawyer should </li></ul><ul><li> be concerned about… </li></ul><ul><li>Daubert challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Spoliation of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>What modern jurors expect </li></ul>
  11. 11. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  12. 12. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  13. 13. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  14. 14. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  15. 15. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  16. 16. Types of Spontaneous Combustion <ul><li>Biological </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical oxidation </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exothermic and </li></ul><ul><li>endothermic reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of autoignition </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of dwell time </li></ul>
  17. 17. Test or not test the suspect product <ul><li>Mackey test & oven test </li></ul><ul><li>Thermal analysis </li></ul><ul><li>techniques: DTA, DSC, TGA </li></ul>
  18. 18. Mackey Test & Oven Spontaneous Heating Test <ul><li>Mackey Test is a standard </li></ul><ul><li>ASTM procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Oven Spontaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Heating Test is not a standard but helpful </li></ul><ul><li>in real life. </li></ul><ul><li>Both tests are crude </li></ul><ul><li>thermoanalytical tests </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thermal Analysis <ul><li>TGA </li></ul><ul><li>DSC </li></ul><ul><li>DTA </li></ul>
  20. 20. CLOSING REMARKS & QUESTIONS

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