Petroleum and Its Products

  • H. L. Hoffman


Petroleum is a mixture of hydrocarbons — chemical combinations of hydrogen and carbon. When burned completely, the hydrocarbons should yield only water (H20) and carbon dioxide (CO2). When the burning is incomplete, carbon monoxide (CO) and various oxygenated hydrocarbons are formed. Since most burning uses air, nitrogen compounds also exist. In addition, there are other elements associated with the hydrocarbons in petroleum such as sulfur, nickel, and vanadium, just to name a few.


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  • H. L. Hoffman
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  1. 1.Hydrocarbon ProcessingHoustonUSA

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