Crude Oil

a: Crude oil ~
b: A bowl of alphabet soup

What: "To make a simple analogy, crude oil is like a bowl of alphabet soup, with each letter a different compound," says Maxwell. We may only need three letters [for a particular application], but it's hard to pick them out of the soup. It's almost impossible to get all the wax refined out of crude, for example. But with polyalphaolefin we can create a product without lighter or heavier components than we need."

Writer: Bill Maxwell
Date: Jun 5 2010 8:10 AM

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