Steam cracking of a normal paraffin in C16 has been conducted in a quartz tubular reactor. The aim was to optimize the yield of alpha-olefins which are important intermediates for the manufacture of biodegradable surface active agents. Influence of such parameters as temperature, steam dilution, residence time and conversion on C5 and C10 to C15 alpha-olefin yields has been investigated.
T. Ahmed Zaid, S.E. Chitour