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The Analytical Distillation of Petroleum
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Bibliography of Petroleum and Allied Substances, 1917
From Introduction: "This bulletin is the third of the series of yearly petroleum bibliographies being published by the Bureau of Mines."
Bibliography of Petroleum and Allied Substances in 1918
From Introduction: "This bulletin is the fourth in the series of petroleum bibliographies being published by the Bureau of Mines, the preceding, Bulletins 149, 165, and 180, being complications for the years 1915, 1916, and 1917, respectively. In this bulletin the same general plan has been followed in arranging the references, but a few changes and additions have been made in classification, the more important changes being in the classes "Geology and Origin" and "Refining and Refineries." During the year German periodicals were not available, and as in the bibliography for 1917, references to articles in foreign journals that were not available have been taken from other sources and credit given to those sources."
Casing Troubles and Fishing Methods in Oil Wells
From introduction: "The Bureau of Mines, in its researches aimed to prevent wastes and to increase efficiency in oil-well practice, has investigated the matter of casing troubles and fishing methods. The results of the investigation are set forth in this paper."
Construction and Operation of a Single-Tube Cracking Furnace for Making Gasoline
Technical paper issued by the Bureau of Mines over the construction of cracking furnaces for gasoline production. Descriptions of the equipment used for construction are presented and discussed. This paper includes photographs.
Cost Accounting for Oil Producers
From Introduction: "The Bureau of Mines publishes this report in recognition of a distinct need for a simple treatise on accounting methods adapted to the peculiarities of the petroleum industry."
The Decline and Ultimate Production of Oil Wells, with Notes on the Valuation of Oil Properties
From General Statement Purpose of the Report: "The present investigation was undertaken for the purpose of supplying some of the material so badly needed in the valuation and more efficient operation of oil properties. Because of the lack of time for further studies, the amount of data already accumulated and the policy of the Bureau of Mines of publishing as soon as possible any information that may be of use to an industry, the bulletin is issued now."
Extinguishing and Preventing Oil and Gas Fires
From Introduction: " As the subject of oil and gas is necessarily broad, no attempt is made in this bulletin to treat it exhaustively; rather the bulletin aims to point out what has been done by operators in the past, and to describe various fire-prevention methods and fire-fighting apparatus which are being used or adopted by many of the larger oil companies. These methods and apparatus, it is believed, if universally employed by operators, will largely decrease the present enormous annual losses."
Extraction of Gasoline from Natural Gas by Absorption Methods
From Introduction: "This report deals with a method of extracting gasoline from natural gas by absorbing the gasoline in oil and subsequently separating it from the oil by distillation."
Manufacture of Gasoline and Benzene-Toluene from Petroleum and Other Hydrocarbons
From Preface: "This bulletin deals with the cracking of petroleum and other hydrocarbons and the production thereby of gasoline, benzene, and toluene."
Methods for Increasing the Recovery from Oil Sands
From Introduction: "In this publication are considered the principles involved in increasing recovery and methods of extracting more oil from the oil-bearing formations than by usual ways of producing. These methods are: The use of gas or vacuum pumps. forcing compressed air or gas through the oil-bearing formations, displacing the oil by water, and better utilization of the natural pressures in the oil-bearing formations."
Motor Gasoline Properties, Laboratory Methods of Testing, and Practical Specifications
Technical paper issued by the Bureau of Mines over studies conducted on motor gasoline. The methods, properties, and results of the studies are presented and discussed. This paper includes tables and an illustration.
Oil and Gas Wells through Workable Coal Beds: Papers and Discussions
From Preface: "In carrying out such a policy with reference to the subject under consideration, the Bureau of Mines invited the State geologists, mine inspectors, and a number of coal operators and oil and gas well drillers from the States interested to meet representatives of the Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, Pa., for a discussion of the subject during February 7 and February 8, 1913. This adjourned meeting of the conference will be held at an early date and its report will be printed in a later edition of this bulletin, with such additional suggestions as may be received by the Bureau of Mines. The bureau will be glad, therefore, to receive at the earliest practicable date any additional suggestions or any additional information throwing light on the matters discussed in this bulletin."
Oil-storage Tanks and Reservoirs with a Brief Discussion of Losses of Oil in Storage and Methods of Prevention
From Introduction: "The Bureau of Mines has been conducting investigations with the view of determining the types of containers best adapted to the storage of oil. These investigations have shown that tanks composed wholly of steel give the best results. Practically all such containers in use at present have wooden roofs and this type of construction is here described, although it is the belief of the writer that concrete roofs would be far more satisfactory in every way, and that the difference in cost between a concrete and a wooden roof would, as a rule, in a few year's time, be offset by a saving oil and in cost of repairs and renewals."
Physical and Chemical Properties of Gasolines Sold Throughout the United States During the Calendar Year 1915
Technical paper issued by the Bureau of Mines over the properties of gasoline sold during the year of 1915 in the U.S. The physical and chemical properties of the samples collected are discussed. This paper includes tables, and illustrations.
Quality of Gasoline Marketed in the United States
From Scope of the Present Bulletin: "The present bulletin furnishes, in addition to the analytical figures, fairly complete data on the production, consumption, and quality of gasoline."
Recent Developments in the Absorption Process for Recovering Gasoline from Natural Gas
From Introduction: "This report gives the results of a study conducted by the Bureau of Mines for the purpose of informing the petroleum industry on the recent progress in the development and application of the absorption process for recovering gasoline from natural gas."
Recovery of Gasoline from Natural Gas by Compression and Refrigeration
From Introduction: "This report treats of the compression and refrigeration process for the recovery of gasoline from natural gas from the viewpoint of the practical engineer and business man."
Removal of the Lighter Hydrocarbons from Petroleum by Continuous Distillation: with Especial Reference to Plants in California
From Introduction: "The purpose of this bulletin is to describe the methods of constructing and operating representative types in the United States used for removing the light hydrocarbons from petroleum by continuous distillation, such plants being commonly known in the trade as topping or skimming plants."
Some Principles Governing the Production of Oil Wells
From Introduction: "The report discusses some of the fundamental factors governing oil production, taking up first the conditions affecting the amount of oil in the oil sand, then those factors that control the rate of production of oil wells, and then discusses several related problems, most of which deal particularly with the effect of the production of one well on that of another."
Traps for Saving Gas at Oil Wells
Technical paper issued by the Bureau of Mines over the use of gas traps at oil wells. Different types of traps are presented and discussed. This paper includes photographs, and illustrations.
Underground Conditions in Oil Fields
From Introduction: "This paper aims to show the general method of procedure in studying underground conditions in producing oil fields and how such study may not only correct but even prevent great unnecessary losses. Throughout the paper reference is made to oil wells and oil fields, but to a certain degree many of the suggestions relating to oil wells are applicable in the care and protection of gas wells and in solving gas problems."
Underground Wastes in Oil and Gas Fields and Methods of Prevention
Technical paper issued by the Bureau of Mines over the underground wastes of oil and gas in drilling fields. As stated in the introduction, "the writers have endeavored to establish the manner and importance of underground waste by citing a few cases and to show the means whereby it can be prevented" (p. 5). This paper includes illustrations.
The Use of Mud-Laden Fluid in Oil and Gas Wells
From Introduction: "Technical Paper 66 deals with the mud-laden fluid process in general and No. 68 with its application in Oklahoma. Rather than reprint these publications, it has been considered advisable to replace them with the present report, which includes the results of more recent investigations. The methods of using mud-laden fluid are an outgrowth of the rotary drilling system, which was developed in Texas and later employed in Louisiana and California."