From Unwanted By-product to Essential Fuel for the Twentieth
John Nicholas Burnett
Both the history and the technology of gasoline are interwoven within
the fabric of industrialized society in lhe twentieth century. The aim
of this monograph is to help students understand the significant
engineering accomplishments and appreciate the impact of these
technological achievements on our modern, global society.
Gasoline is divided into three parts: historical studies, technological
discussions, and questions for students. The narrative surveys the
chronological development of gasoline, beginning wilh the discovery of
crude oil and ending with the modern catalytic cracking of petroleum to
produce gasoline for the automobile. Eleven units in a series, called
ChemTech, are interspersed throughout the historical story to help lhe
student understand the technological achievements presented in the
historical case studies. Students should be able to comprehend the
historical and technological topics without any prior collegelevel
science and engineering courses.
In addition to historical background, this volume includes a description
of chemical process calculations based on mass and energy balances. The
mathematics involves solving two linear equations in two unknowns.