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CEC Newsletter - April 2017
In this edition, we will cover a few general items such as the outcome of the CEC Workshop in November and feedback of the latest Management Board meeting as well as some news on the test method side.

TDG-F-113 DISI test

This new test will address injector deposits in direct injection spark ignited engines (DISI) and the deposit control ability of gasoline. Injector fouling influences the spray pattern and the injected fuel volume of the injector and therefore affects directly the driveability and performance and the exhaust gas emissions of the vehicle.

In December 2016, ISP Grand-Couronne SARL was selected as the lead lab by the CEC tender committee.

A kick-off meeting took place on February 2nd, 2017 where the group mainly discussed the ToR.

The TDG agreed to create two reference fuel specifications to be used in a tender to potential fuels suppliers, one specification for the low reference fuel and one for the high reference fuel.
The next TDG meeting will take place on April 6th, 2017.


TDG-L-107 M271 Sludge Test

The group had to go back to phase 1 in November last year. The fuel provider has had problems with the fuel being contaminated by a water leak. However the problem was resolved and the test is back in progress. The first two reference tests were completed and showed positive results. There are still some issues with the fuel filters that supply fuel to the engine, as they can have an influence on the test result. The third test has just started. The RR is to be expected to be finished around July/August and the test is foreseen to be available around September 2017.


TDG-T-108 - Pitting Test

Following some unexpected results and failures, the group made some suggestions to the Management Board in September 2016.
The Management Board decided to go for suggestion 2 (Calibration / low Reference with FVA 2A at 120C) and move to suggestion 1 (Find a new, suitable low ref. oil at 90C) once a suitable low reference oil has been found. This was agreed with the very explicit understanding that the group continues doing work on finding the correct reference oil.

Good progress is currently being made with regard to the evaluation of the two candidate Low Reference Oils in accordance with the Action Plan that was agreed at the TDG Meeting in November 2016. At the last group meeting on March 20th , pre-testing with the two new proposed low-ref. candidate oils was done and each candidate oil was tested at 4 different labs, typically at least 2 runs at each lab were performed. For candidate oil A the results of 11 test runs are now available - all results are completely as expected. For candidate oil B the results of 7 test runs are available 6 results of 3 different labs showed similar and expected results, one further run from a 4th lab showed an unexpected long running-time until failure but it is assumed that the gear set used for this run were outside the specification. The group decided at the meeting to select candidate oil A and to start the RR with this lubricant as low reference oil to determine the required precision data. Furthermore the group decided to start the RR with the high ref. candidate at some labs. The results are to be provided at the next group meeting that is scheduled for October 16, 2017.


Overview of the CEC Management Board Meeting on March 21st, 2017

The latest CEC MB meeting took place on March 21st, 2017 at the CEC/Kellen offices in Brussels. The following items were decided/discussed:

Annual Accounts and Audit report
The 2016 CEC Annual Accounts and Audit report have been approved and accepted by all member associations.

CEC Communication tools
The current CEC communications tools such as the website, newsletter workshop, conference participation etc. were discussed in order to review and evaluate and improve current processes. It was decided to issue a survey to understand from individuals how they use the current CEC communication tools and to better understand their expectations. Therefore please look out for this survey which is currently being finalized and will be sent to you within the next two weeks.
Also a yearly activity report will be issued at the end of June in order to provide you with a condensed summary of the CEC activities that were carried out throughout the year.

CECs Mission and Role
The Management Board has worked on a definition of CECs Mission and Role which has been uploaded to the website.


CEC Workshop November 22nd, 2016 - Brussels

On 22 November 2016, CEC held its first workshop in Brussels. The event was very successful and around 50 participants were present. Very interesting and valuable contributions were given and useful discussions took place.

Topics that were covered were a critical review of the role of the Management Board, of the Test Development process, the development of the Terms of Reference (TOR) and the processes related to the maintenance of approved tests.

The presentations of the workshop are available on the website and can be accessed from My CEC in the section CEC Information/Presentations/CEC Workshop 22 November 2016.

In terms of next steps, the CEC Management Board has been actively working on the action items as proposed in the workshop as well as some additional improvements that were suggested. An overview of these as well as the status will be provided in the next newsletter.


CEC Management Board Chairmanship & Vice-Chairmanship

As of January 1st, 2017 Frank Stunnenberg (ATC) has taken over the CEC Chairmanship from Peter Tjan (ATIEL). Peter Tjan was thanked for his excellent leadership of the CEC Management Board for the past 2 years.
Franks position of CEC Vice-Chair has been taken over by Mike Conroy (CONCAWE) as of February 3rd, 2017. This is the first time CONCAWE has put a Chair or Vice-Chair forward so all Management Board members kindly welcomed Mike on board!

Thomas Buenemann will replace Frank Stunnenberg as ATC representative on the CEC Management Board.


Upcoming events

  • TDG-F-113 group meeting on April 6th, 2017
  • CEC Management Board conference call on May 9th, 2017
  • CEC Bundled meetings (SG-L-14, SG-L-36, SG-L-39, SG-L-40, SG-L-82 & 83, SG-L-85, SG-L-105, SG-L-109) on May 17th, 2017 at Total Marketing France Solaize CRES
  • CEC Management Board meeting on June 6th, 2017 in Brussels
  • SG-F-005 & SG-F-020 meeting on September 27th, 2017 at APL GmbH, Landau, Germany
  • European Base Oil & Lubricants Summit: 28-30 November, 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium


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