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Production of Materials


28 Pages Complete Study Notes Year Uploaded: 2018

Detailed complete set of notes for production of materials. Petroleum (Crude Oil) o A mixture of hundreds and thousands of alkanes, ranging from methane up to alkanes with forty or more carbons. o Formed through the burial and compaction of marine organisms, over millions of years. It contains varying amounts of sulfur, oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds and because it is such a complex mixture, its needs to be refined before use. o Petroleum can be separated into fractions to be useful, done via fractional distillation. o The output of petrol and ethylene from the fractional distillation of crude oil is insufficient to meet demand on the market. “Cracking” is done to overcome this problem.

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