A refinery can be described as a factory that takes in raw materials and transforms them into thousands of useful products. For instance, a refinery will break down crude oil into different components, which are then refined into new products, or into their pure forms for other uses. All refineries will have to execute three basic steps to come up with the desired end product. Fractional distillation (separation), conversion ( the process of cracking and re-arranging the product's molecules) and lastly treatment.
Refining cracking is basically the process of transforming the fractions that come from the distillation towers into new components. Low-valuable fractions, or unwanted fractions for that matter, through refining cracking, are drawn off and converted into other chemicals, while the main target is taken to the next process to derive its pure form.
The most commonly used method of conversion is known as refining cracking as it uses heat and lots of pressure to literally crack down heavy and long hydrocarbon molecules into lighter ones. A typical refining cracking unit will have a unit that consists of a tall, thick-walled, reactor and a furnace or furnaces, various heat exchangers, and various other vessels. For example, the basic petroleum making process is known as 'cat cracking' where intense heat of around 600?C, a powdered catalyst, and low pressure are used to convert and break down majority of the heavy fractions into tiny more useful molecules.
There are two forms of refining cracking, hydrocracking and steam cracking. Hydrocracking is a known catalytic refining cracking process that is reinforced by the presence of a pressure from hydrogen gas. Just like in hydrotreater, the main function of hydrogen in the refining cracking process is to purify the hydrocarbon steam from nitrogen hetero-atoms as well as sulphur.
Steam cracking on the other hand is a petrochemical process where saturated hydrocarbons are broken down into tiny, mostly unsaturated, hydrocarbons. Steam refining cracking is the main industrial method used to produce light alkenes such as propene ( prolylene) and ethene (ethylene). Steam refining cracking entails a liquid or gaseous hydrocarbon feed such as LPG, naphtha, or ethane being diluted using steam, and then heated briefly in a burning furnace in the absence of oxygen. The cracking temperature, the constituent of the feed, the furnace residence time, and the hydrocarbon to steam ratio is what will determine the end product of the steam refining cracking reaction.
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