Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

calling Chem. majors

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Broccoli1, October 1, 2002.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^
  1. Broccoli1

    Broccoli1 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2002
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Los Angeles CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    Explorer '93 xlt
    Re: post about purchasing gasoline only from certain companies...

    How many products are made from oil/petroleum other than gasoline?
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


  3. espnfreak

    espnfreak Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 5, 2001
    Messages:
    3,797
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Elgin, IL
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '99 Maxima SE-L *5spd
    tires are made from petrolium in some sort of way i believe
     
  4. expo5.0

    expo5.0 Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    October 18, 2001
    Messages:
    7,271
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Red Wing, MN
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1996 xlt
    thousands. plastics and everything they are used for from computers, to medical equipment, to chairs, to cars themselves (when they're saturns).

    and of course there are all the different types of fuels made and the oils.

    i believe those things make up almost all of the petroleum consumption.
     
  5. Broccoli1

    Broccoli1 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2002
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Los Angeles CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    Explorer '93 xlt
    Exactly.
     
  6. Fischer

    Fischer Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    November 25, 2001
    Messages:
    1,053
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    City, State:
    Durango, Colorado
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    95 Explorer XLT 4x4
    Synthetic Fleece (not lambs wool, deeherrrrrr).
     
  7. Howard

    Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    May 17, 2002
    Messages:
    4,196
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    58
    City, State:
    Milton Keynes
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1998 SOHC UK SPEC
    I think you'll find that petrolium is actually a waste product after getting all they need for plastics and heavy engine oils. Here is a small section from bp.com

    "Currently, Grangemouth produces around 1.8 million tonnes of petrochemical products each year. These products are the basis for a vast array of items which are taken for granted these days. They are used to produce plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials, home insulation and synthetic rubber for car tyres.

    Two basic feedstocks are used:

    gases - ethane, propane and butane - supplied from the Kinneil Oil and Gas Separation plant and the adjacent refinery
    liquid feedstocks - from the refinery
    These feedstocks are `cracked' (a process which literally breaks or cracks the molecules apart) to produce materials called alkenes - the building blocks of the petrochemical industry. The alkenes, mainly ethylene and propylene, are then used as feedstocks for other processes on site, which produce plastics (polyethylene and polypropylene), industrial alcohol (ethanol), raw material for synthetic rubber (butadiene) and an intermediate material (benzene) in the production of polystyrene packaging and foam."

    Hope this helps a bit.
     
  8. Blue Steel

    Blue Steel Active Member

    Joined:
    March 19, 2001
    Messages:
    764
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Wilmington, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    Explorer '97 XLT SOHC
    now who can draw the molecular diagrams of all the products listed in howard's post? heh heh. for chem majors this should be VERY easy. it's amazing, with some chemistry classes under my belt, i can actually read the ingredients on the back of a product and say to myself "wow, hey i know what that is!"
     






We Support Our Troops!