The refining of crude oil is a complex process. In preparation for this topic, please complete the reading assignment below. My lecture will closely follow the steps in refining as outlined here.
Crude Oil Refining Process
Go to HowStuffWorks: "How Oil Refining Works" and read pages 1 through 6 in preparation for the mini-lecture on Crude Oil Refining. As you read the sections, keep these questions in mind:
- What is meant by “crude” oil?
- What are the two main refining processes?
- What are the various products derived from raw crude oil?
- How does “distillation” work?
- What is “cracking”?
- What is “reforming”?
- What is “alkylation”?