CNSL (Cashew Nut Shell Liquid)

Application : Technical CNSL has innumerable applications in polymer based industries such as friction linings, paints and varnishes, laminating resins, rubber compounding resins, cashew cements, polyurethane based polymers, surfactants, epoxy resins, foundry chemicals and intermediates for chemical industry.

Commercial Applications: CNSL have been used extensively in the manufacture of friction-resistant components in applications such as brake and clutch linings. These resins are used as binders for friction ingredients and also as friction ingredients themselves in the form of fine dusts obtained from the completely cured resins.

CNSL-aldehyde condensation products and CNSL-based phenolic resins are used in applications such as surface coatings, adhesives, varnishes and paints. Various polyamines synthesised from CNSL or cardanol are used as curing agents for epoxy resins. CNSL and its derivatives have been used as antioxidants, plasticisers and processing aids for rubber compounds and modifiers for plastic materials.

Resins based on the reaction products of cardanol phenol and formaldehyde are used to improve the resistance of rubber articles to cracking and ozone. CNSL, cardanol and cardol are all used to provide oxidative resistance to sulfur-cured natural rubber products. Cardanol, CNSL or sulfurated CNSL is added to rubber gum stock or nitrile rubber to improve the processability, mechanical properties and resistance to crack and cut properties of the vulcanisates.

A number of products based on CNSL are used as antioxidants, stabilisers and demulsifiers for petroleum products. Metal xanthates of partially hydrogenated, sulfurised cardanol is used to lower the pour point of lubricating oils as well as acting as antioxidant and anticorrosive properties. Soluble metal derivatives of CNSL are used to improve the resistance to oxidation and sludge formation of lubricating oils. Oxidised CNSL and its derivatives are used as demulsifying agents for water in oil type petroleum emulsions.