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CEC Newsletter April 2015
This Newsletter is based on information received and discussed at the CEC Management Board Meeting on 24th March 2015. Please note that it may have been superseded by further events that have occurred between the meeting and the publication of this Newsletter.

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 24th March 2015 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.


CEC Management Board Chairmanship

Frank Stunnenberg was appointed Vice-Chairman and member of the CEC Board of Directors, with effect from 24th March 2015.


Liaison with CRC

CRC has a Manual for the Rating of Components and the CEC Rating Steering Group will contact CRC with a view to examining if there are any common rating techniques and to share experiences of rating issues.

The SDG would also be willing to investigate whether there is any basis for discussion of statistical matters with CRC.

A conference call will take place with CRC representatives at a CEC Board Meeting in June 2015 Confidentiality issues will prevent discussion of any CEC sponsored test developments.


Reference Fuel Supplies

The process of Reference Fuel choice for new TDGs, for new batches as ongoing supply to existing tests and the tender process itself, as included in the Reference Fuels Manual, will be reviewed in detail to see where improvements can be made to provide a more competitive market.


ACEA Sequences

The CEC Board has been advised that ACEA intends to include both the L-104 and L-111 Tests in the 2015 ACEA Sequences


TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

APL has run additional tests and provided excellent analysis work. The next 2 reference tests are critical.  If the severity is not in line with previous results, it may be necessary for additional funding to be agreed in order to complete this test development.  The CEC Board also recognised the excellent support received from Daimler.


TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

Group Chairman, Adrian Fitzpatrick reported positive results from the last test and a further four tests are planned. Daimler has advised that engine hardware should be available for 10 years.


TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

Round Robin results were discussed at the group’s last meeting.


TDG-F-110 IDID Test

The pilot Round Robin is progressing well with 5 out of 9 tests having been completed.


TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test

The Round Robin, will take place later in the year, with each laboratory conducting four tests (two high and two low reference).

A sub-group meeting for those companies involved in the Round Robin will take place to review initial data and lead laboratory test operation experience. 

Unused sponsorship funds will be returned in equal parts to the sponsoring companies and a cost will be established for third parties to obtain a license to use the test once Phase 2 is completed.


TDG-L-112 – New Elastomer Test

Adrian Fitzpatrick will represent the CEC Management Board at the group’s first meeting on 27th March 2015. Lubrizol is the lead laboratory for this new test development that will replace the CEC L-39-96 Elastomer Test Method.  There are 11 sponsoring companies


CEC L-54-96 (M111 FE)

The availability of this test has recently been extended. No new hardware is available at the Daimler plant but 500 or more tests can be run on each engine. This should mean the test can be run until towards the end of 2018.


CEC L-93-04 (DV4)

The Management Board agreed that it would be helpful if this test could continue to be available until 2nd Quarter 2016, whilst data continues to be collected for ACEA to set the limits for the CEC L-106-14 (DV6) test that replaces it.


SG-L-036 – High Temperature High Shear

It has been agreed to permit the Group to investigate the extension of the method down to 100 degrees C in a Round Robin, if there is good reason for maintain this test when there is a duplication of it in ASTM.


SG-F-098 – DW10

This has happened before and control limits can be adapted.  The production of injectors which are a critical part of the test will stop at the end of 2016.

TDG-F-110 and CEC F-23-01 use this same fuel & have started to use the new batch. They are checking the shift in severity and additive response.  An update on the situation will be provided at the next Board Meeting.


SG-L-109 - Oxidation Test

Training and presentation possibilities were identified to improve some Group Members understanding of the process and the support facilities available.

Once other TDGs have completed their work and produced a critique of their test developments, a general review of all the critiques will take place towards the end of the year, and plans made for additional training, if required.


CEC Support Groups – Measurement Uncertainty Panel

The CEC Management Board thanked Giammarco Gioco for offering to lead the new Measurement Uncertainty Panel and endorsed him as the Chairman.


Proposal for new SPG for Wear in GDi Engines

Industry Associations will be asked to identify potential candidates for Chairman of the Group, as well as a venue / host for the first meeting. CEC Management Board representative, Adrian Fitzpatrick, will convene the first meeting 


New Test Development Proposals

Anders Roj advised that the request to find a new engine for a test development to replace the 102E intake valve cleanliness test has been made to ACEA representatives.


CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

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