Part 13: Catalytic Cracking

Posted by Chemical Development Team on Dec 12, 2016 11:42:43 AM




As the popularity of the automobile increased during the early 1900’s, the demand for the gasoline portion of a barrel of oil proportionally increased. It quickly became apparent that meeting the market demands for straight-run gasoline would result in a glut in the marketplace of the heavier fuel oil crude fractions. In response to how to make use of the heavier hydrocarbon streams to increase the amount of gasoline range product available, several “cracking” techniques were developed. The most popular of the cracking techniques is catalytic (“cat”) cracking.

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Topics: Catalyic Cracking


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