Taking Off with Oil and Gas
Besides the fuel used to get your plane up into the air, oil and gas plays a bigger part in your next flight. The plane itself is made from materials like boron fiber reinforced plastics, glass reinforced plastics, fiberglass and carbon epoxies. The interior, seats and carpets are made from synthetic fibers and foam, as are the flotation devices in case of emergency. Down to the tires made from synthetic rubber. Oil and gas products keep you safe during your travels. Read about the petroleum building blocks that give us flight at AFPM.
Oil and Gas Gets Wet
Boats are made from a wide variety of materials, including fiberglass which often utilitzes Gelcote polyester resin which comes from oil and gas. There are countless plastics, rubbers, waxes and products used in building boats as well, down to the neoprene and foam used for marine seats. Read more about how boats are made.
Besides any parts of your bike that are made from plastic or rubber, petroleum is also used to lubricate the chain and gears on your bike.
Also oil and gas outfits you when you don your spandex clothes and bicycle shorts, strap on that helmet, lace up your shoes and grab that water bottle!
When your tire hits the road (which is also made from petroleum, by the way), you're powered by oil and gas in some way!
API's Energy is Everything Campaign
Energy FYI: More than 90 percent of U.S. transportation energy comes from petroleum – gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and natural gas. U.S. oil production was 9.4 million barrels per day in 2015, the highest output since 1972. Average annual gasoline prices are at their lowest point in seven years.
Spacesuits are pressurized garments worn by astronauts during space flights, designed to protect them from potentially damaging conditions in space. Fabric materials used in constructing spacesuits include a variety of synthetic polymers including nylon, spandex, elastic and neoprene. Polycarbonate is used in the helmet, and tubing and batteries also use oil and gas products. Learn more.
Tire-d of Oil and Gas Yet?
Tires are used on nearly everything that moves for transportation - cars, bikes, motorcycles, buses, boat trailers, and even airplanes. Rubber is the main raw material used in manufacturing tires, and both natural and synthetic rubber are used. Tires are essential to getting us where we need to be each and every day. Find out more about how they're made.
The Sky's the Limit
Parachute makers began using nylon in parachutes during World War II, as it was more elastic, more resistant and less expensive than the formerly-used silk. The harnesses and suspension lines are also nylons formed with propylene, butadiene, benzene and xylene. Read more at AFPM or by clicking here.
Eye in the Sky
Traffic signals keep us safe on the road, directing the cacophony of traffic that fills our roads and conducting the symphony of cars.
Traffic light housings are sometimes made of molded polypropylene plastic. The lens for each light is made of tinted glass or plastic. The lense hood or visor is often made of plastic. The electrical components within the controller—switches, relays, and timers— have copper wiring with a heavy neoprene rubber or plastic insulation.
Yes, your car needs gas for fuel to run. It needs oil to lubricate the engine and other parts. But there are countless other ways oil and gas contributes to your favorite ride.
We often see the bright, beautiful colors of hot air balloons dotting the sky, but your first thought isn't to thank oil and gas. Today's hot air balloons have two main parts, the envelope (or gas bag) and the basket. The gas bag is usually spherical and constructed of a nonextensible material. The heated air that lifts the balloon comes from a hydrocarbon gas burner attached above the basket. Read more here.
BIGGER PICTURE: In 2016 the automotive industry employed 7.25 million jobs coast to coast between automakers, auto dealers and suppliers according to Auto Alliance. That's over 7 million jobs that wouldn't exist without oil and gas supporting the automotive industry.
Well Suited for Oil and Gas
Your suitcase is made from Nylon and other synthetic fibers derived from oil and gas products. They're strong and durable and inexpensive. Even the thread that is used to stitch your suitcase together is durable nylonthread. This extends to many purses, gym bags and bookbags.
You're taking oil and gas with you wherever you go!
Car Seat Safety
These amazing devices keep our most precious cargo safe while we drive. Tough flexible plastic called polypropylene, fabrics and vinyls that are withstand flammability tests, and foam padding that protects our children are all oil and gas products. Read more about how they're made.
Up, Up and Away
Domestic oil and natural gas are essential to space flight. For starters, our primary rocket fuel, liquid hydrogen, comes mostly from fossil fuels. According to the U.S. Energy Department, 95% of hydrogen produced in America comes from natural gas.
Beyond rocket fuel, fossil fuels are the building blocks of the actual space shuttle. Every shuttle is comprised of thousands of individual components from a variety of materials.
For millennia, men and women have looked up at the stars and wondered what lies beyond. We have always dreamed big—and finally, with fossil fuels, we harnessed the energy needed to turn our dreams of exploring the final frontier into reality. Find out more at Fueling US Forward.
Outer Space Travel
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