27 Gasoline Uses: Facts You Should Know!

Gasoline is a flammable petroleum derived liquid product that is further purified to be used as fuel for automobiles. Let us discuss amazing facts related to gasoline.

Gasoline has following uses in the market:

  • Chemical Utility
  • Automobile and Industrial Uses
  • Quality Control Applications
  • Commercial Applications

Hereon, let us focus on the chemical reactivity and organic uses of gasoline in detail.

Chemical Utility

  • Commercial gasoline is used in different mixes of volumes to produce different types of hydrocarbons.
  • Gasoline is used to produce kinds of paraffin, olefins, and naphthalenes.
  • Gasoline is involved in isomerization, cracking, and alkylation reactions.
  • Gasoline using fractional distillation produces fuel of poor composition and combustibility.
  • To produce gasoline of good quality, the octane number is increased by adjusting the proportion of aromatics and paraffin compounds.

Automobile and Industrial Uses

  • Gasoline with optimum flammability limit are used in automobile industries
  • The high selectivity of gasoline makes its usage in aircrafts and sports utility vehicles using zeolite as a catalyst.
  • Gasoline content in terms of aliphatic hydrocarbons helps in the industrial manufacturing procedure.
  • Gasoline enhanced by adding oxygen rich chemicals like ethanol, methyl tert butyl ether (MTBE), and ethyl tert butyl ether (ETBE) improves combustion related efficacy in automobiles and industrial instrumentation.

Quality Control Applications

  • Good quality gasoline can be stored stably for at least six months.
  • Gasoline prevents its self oxidation withstanding the petroleum products for long time.
  • Gasoline withstands high vapor pressure for enhancing properties of chemicals.
  • Fuel stabilizers together with gasoline are used to increase the life time of fuels.
  • Gasoline and peroxides reduces the antiknock quality affecting the plastic and fuel control.
Uses of Gasoline

Commercial Applications

  • Gasoline on distillation produces various byproducts including kerosene.
  • Gasoline is also used as the principal aviation fuel in the U.S. due to its volatility, fuel consumption, starting ease, and acceleration.
  • Gasoline is comprised of a number of organic components procured from the fractional distillation of raw petroleum supplemented by necessary additives.
  • Straight chain paraffin have low antiknock effects and aromatic hydrocarbons had higher antiknock properties in gasoline.
  • Reformate, a type of gasoline is of commercial uses as it contains high octane number, aromatic content, and low olefin content.
  • Butane, a kind of gasoline is used in small aircrafts after blending in a gasoline pool.
  • Isomerate, also a type of gasoline is used in electricity generators due to medium octane numbers and nil aromatics and olefins.
  • Catalytically cracked gasoline is used in case of emergency power supply due to medium octane number, similar aromatic content, and high olefin content.
  • Oxygenated types of gasoline have low heating values as the oxygenate components to reduce the heating values in various recreational vehicles.
  • Cleaner burning gasoline reduces sulfur content which enables the efficient working of catalytic converters.
  • Cleaner gasoline reduces vapor pressure, evaporates slowly thus helping in commercial usage.


Gasoline is a transparent liquid that is flammable and thus used as fuel for the automobile industry. It is constituted of organic compounds specifically hydrocarbon chains of olefins, paraffin, and esters. Gasoline has time and again gone for various reformations so as to make it more environmentally friendly. The addition of additives and antiknock agents have been proven to improve its quality.

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