Cracking tower & pipes at oil refinery, Kansas

Cracking tower & pipes at oil refinery, Kansas

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Caption: A 'cracking tower' and pipework at an oil refinery. The cracking tower uses an alumina- silica catalyst reacting with air and vapourised oil. The catalyst approximately doubles the yield of gasoline by refining compared to conventional thermal distillation methods.

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Keywords: catalytic cracking, energy, fossil fuel, fuels, industry, oil, oil refinery, pipes, refinery

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