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catalytic cracking

noun
1.
the reduction of the molecular weight of hydrocarbons by a catalyst, accomplished in a petroleum refinery by a type of chemical reactor (catalytic cracker)
Compare cracker (def 8), cracking (def 1).
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  • Refined petroleum products are derived from crude oils through processes such as catalytic cracking and fractional distillation.
  • catalytic cracking produces blending components for high-octane gasoline.
  • Distillation, thermal and catalytic cracking, and reforming and alkylation are the workhorses of the industry.

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