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Petroleum Refining

William Leffler's ""Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Fourth Edition"" is designed to give the reader an overview of key refining topics by using relevant analogies, easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations. New to this edition is important information on the nature of crude oil and raw materials and a comprehensive discussion on what sets crude oil and oil products price differentials. Also new is a chapter on lubricants as well as the latest technologies employed by refiners. Each chapter was carefully written in nontechnical language to give the reader a basic understanding of the refining industry. The book can be used for self-study, as a classroom textbook, or as a quick reference.
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Preface; The evolution of petroleum refining; From the oil Ppatch to the refinery; Crude oil characteristics; Distilling; Vacuum flashing; The chemistry of petroleum; Refinery gas plants; Cat cracking; Alkylation; Cat reforming; Hydrocracking; Isomerization; Residue reduction; Gasoline; Distillate and residual fuels; Hydrogen, hydrotreating, and sulfur plants; Asphalt; Lubricants; Ethylene plants; Simple and complex refineries; Solvent recovery of aromatics; Fuel values - heating values; Answers to the exercises; Glossary; Index.

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