The liquid or semi-liquid, high-boiling fraction of residue from the distillation
of petroleum which is used as a fuel. After removal of the lower boiling fraction
of crude oil, sold as petroleum gas, the somewhat higher boiling fraction becomes
gasoline and diesel oil. A portion of the higher boiling fraction is 'cracked
' to yield additional gasoline. Still heavier oils become lubricants. Paraffin
, asphalt, etc., are also extracted from the crude oil. It is the remaining residual
oil, not economically usable for other industrial purposes, which is then sold as
a relatively low cost fuel for burning.
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167
(Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990))
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