Cracking Crude Oil

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  • Created on: 20-02-11 21:41

Cracking Crude Oil

  • After the fractional distillation of crude oil you are left with unuseful hydrocarbons
  • These are long-chain hydrocarbons which form thick and gloopy liquids like tar which aren't much use to us
  • We have more use for short-chain hydrocarbons which form more useful products like petrol
  • We solve this problem by a process called catalytic cracking
  • This is where we take the long-chain hydrocarbon and break it into a smaller alkane and an alkene, using heat and…


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