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ASTM E2520

Standard Practice for Verifying Minimum Acceptable Performance of Trace Explosive Detectors

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 1 February 2007
Status: inactive
Page Count: 5
ICS Code (Explosion protection): 13.230
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This practice is primarily intended to assist first responders and security screeners in verifying the minimum acceptable performance of detectors used to identify traces of high explosives such as cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), and trinitrotoluene (TNT). These explosive detectors may be based on, but are not limited to, ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).

This practice is used to evaluate the detector response to evaporated residues of low-concentration solutions of explosive compounds placed on test swipes. The solutions used for this evaluation are prepared in a suitable organic solvent and contain a single high explosive.

This practice does not address or use sampling procedures common to the use of trace explosive detectors. It only tests the response of the detector once a test swipe has been successfully introduced into the explosive detector.

This practice does not evaluate the effect of contaminants or interferences that may be encountered in sampling for trace explosives in the field.

The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Document History

February 1, 2015
Standard Practice for Measuring and Scoring Performance of Trace Explosive Chemical Detectors
This practice may be used for measuring, scoring, and improving the overall performance of detectors that alarm on traces of explosives on swabs. These explosive trace detectors (ETDs) may be based...
ASTM E2520
February 1, 2007
Standard Practice for Verifying Minimum Acceptable Performance of Trace Explosive Detectors
This practice is primarily intended to assist first responders and security screeners in verifying the minimum acceptable performance of detectors used to identify traces of high explosives such as...

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