In this exhibition the visitor is able to observe how the distillation processes works, and how the hydrocarbons dissolve at various temperatures.
Because raw oil or unprocessed (“crude”) oil is not very useful in the form it comes in out of the ground, it needs to be broken down into parts and refined before it can be used as materials such as plastics, foams or as petroleum fuel. Oil can be used in so many various ways because it contains hydrocarbons, which vary in molecular masses and lengths. Due to the hydrocarbons’ differences in mass and length, they have different boiling points. This means that they can be separated by distillation.