Cracking

Used in the oil and gas industry to refer to a variety of methods whereby a larger product is broken down into smaller by-products. For example, crude oil can be processed (cracked) to produce "lighter" byproducts such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or gasoline. When looking at investments in the oil industry, many investors will look at the crack spread, or the profit from "cracking" crude oil.

Cracking splits larger molecules into smaller ones, or breaks the bonds of a larger, more complex material into smaller matter. Cracking can be accomplished in a variety of methods, including hydrocracking, fluid catalytic cracking and steam cracking.


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  • cracking — [ krakiŋ ] n. m. • 1922; mot angl., de to crack « briser » ♦ Anglic. Craquage. ● craquage ou cracking nom masculin (anglais cracking, de to crack, briser) Ensemble des procédés de conversion qui transforment, sous l action de la température… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Cracking — may refer to: Cracking, the formation of a fracture or partial fracture in a solid material Fluid catalytic cracking, a catalytic process widely used in oil refineries for cracking large hydrocarbon molecules into smaller molecules Cracking… …   Wikipedia

  • Cracking — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cracking puede referirse a: En química, cracking o craqueo es la descomposición de una molécula compleja en otras más pequeñas. En informática, puede referirse a varias prácticas similares, o al conjunto de ellas:… …   Wikipedia Español

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  • cracking — n. 1. the act of cracking something. Syn: fracture, crack. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Chem.) the process of making lower molecular weight hydrocarbons from heavier hydrocarbons in petroleum, by exposure to heat and catalysts. It is used to convert heavier …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cracking — adj. same as {groovy}, sense 1. [informal] Syn: bang up, bully, cool, corking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap up, swell, smashing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cracking — ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal 1) excellent. 2) fast and exciting: a cracking pace …   English terms dictionary

  • cracking — (ingl.) m. Craqueo. * * * ► masculino INGENIERÍA QUÍMICA Craqueo …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cracking —   [engl.], Knacken …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cracking — / krækiŋ/, it. / krɛking/ s. ingl. [der. di (to ) crack spezzare ], usato in ital. al masch. (industr.) [scissione termica degli idrocarburi, che si inserisce nel ciclo della lavorazione del petrolio grezzo] ▶◀ piroclasi, pirolisi, piroscissione …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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