Tall oil

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A black, resinous liquid obtained as a byproduct from the sulfate, or kraft, paper pulping of Pine wood. Tall oil contains 35-60% rosin acids and 50-60% fatty acids (oleic and linoleic). It is mixed with lime to produce an inexpensive, oily liquid that dries to a brittle yellow film. Tall oil is used in the manufacture of soaps, greases, paints, alkyd resins, Linoleum, fungicides, cutting oils, and Asphalt emulsions.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tallol; talleol; liquid rosin

Other Properties

Acid no. =170-180 Saponification no. = 172-185 Iodine no. 120-188.

Density 0.95-0.1
Refractive Index ~ 1.5

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 9210
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