Refined fuels are petroleum products that are produced from refining processes known as catalytic cracking and fractional distillation. Fractional distillation is a process that uses a heated distillation column to separate a mixture into its individual components. As a mixture is heated in the distillation column, it will eventually reach the boiling point of each component. When the boiling point for a particular component is reached, it will vaporize and separate from the remaining liquid mixture. As the vapor rises, it is separated in another container where it is cooled and condensed back to a liquid.
Catalytic cracking is a widely used refining process. Simply stated, catalytic cracking is a process that breaks down longer chains of hydrocarbons to shorter ones that burn more easily. Unlike thermal cracking, catalytic cracking produces a higher octane gas and higher quality of byproduct gases.
Some examples of refined fuels include the following:
- Fuel oil
- Lubricating oils
Corken’s sliding vane petroleum pumps are used to load and unload refined fuels and petroleum products all around the world. Whether it’s a stationary bulk plant pump for aviation refueling, refined fuel truck pump for large bulk deliveries or smaller pumps for lube and fuel oil delivery trucks, Corken’s sliding vane pumps offer a dependable and efficient liquid transfer solution.