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Cracking of Crude Oil
Cracking is a process used to increase the amounts of useful
products obtained from crude oil. Cracking breaks apart large
alkane molecules into smaller, more useful alkanes and alkenes.
The process of cracking involves passing a vaporised crude oil
fraction over a heated zeolite catalyst (aluminium silicate).
No single reaction takes place - a variety of different large alkane
molecules are broken down into smaller alkanes and alkenes.
Example:
decane octane ethene
Cracking
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This is a thermal decomposition reaction. The octane produced
can be used to produce petrol. The ethene produced can be used to
produce many other chemicals.…read more

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Cracking of Crude Oil
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The alkenes produced by cracking are used as the raw material
for the production of polymers (e.g. plastics) and other chemicals.…read more

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Alkenes
Alkenes are a type of unsaturated hydrocarbon. This means that
at least one carbon atom does not have as many hydrogen atoms
attached as could be - there is a carbon-to-carbon double bond.
Alkenes have the general formula CnH2n and the following general
structure:
Ethene C2H4 Propene C3H6 Butene C4H8…read more

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Alkenes
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