catalytic cracking


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 10), cracking(def 1). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for catalytic cracker

catalytic cracker


a unit in an oil refinery in which mineral oils with high boiling points are converted to fuels with lower boiling points by a catalytic processOften shortened to: cat cracker
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