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CEC Newsletter October 2011
CEC Newsletter October 2011

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 27th September 2011 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.


CEC November 2011 Special Extended Management Board Meeting

The Special Extended CEC Management Board Meeting in Brussels on 21-22 November 2011 has attracted a lot of interest.  The primary theme of the extended board meeting will be to look at and understand the ‘Driving Forces’ that will significantly affect the next 10 years of CEC test developments.
If Chairmen or Secretaries of Working Groups are unable to attend they are requested to nominate another Working Group Member to attend in their place.  It is hoped that all Groups will be represented.  Note that you must register with the CEC Secretariat by latest 20th October 2011.


Proposals for New Fuels Tests

The potential ‘Cold Starting Drivability Performance of Fuels, Bio Fuels and Additives’ (using a DV6 Euro 5 Engine) test development will not be progressed until further data has been reviewed and the full proposal has been carefully evaluated at a meeting of ACEA, ATC and CONCAWE representatives.
The ‘Internal Diesel Injector Deposit’ test has been offered to CEC and full details should be available for a decision to be made at the CEC Board’s next meeting on 21st November.  PSA has been considering two different engines for this test development and further test data is due so that a decision can be made on the most suitable engine for the test.  If your company is interested in bidding for the tender to lead the test development, or, interested in participation through sponsorship of this test, please check the CEC Web Site at www.cectests.org and click on the ‘Tenders’ button.  As soon as information becomes available (probably early December 2011) it will be placed in this area of the Web Site.


New Lubricants Test

Daimler has offered CEC the M271 EVO engine for a replacement sludge test.  The Template and Terms of Reference are in the process of being drawn up ready for approval by the CEC Board at its next meeting.
If your company is interested in bidding for the tender to lead this test development, or, are interested in participation through sponsorship of this test, please check the CEC Web Site at www.cectests.org and click on the ‘Tenders’ button.  As soon as information becomes available (probably early December 2011) it will be placed in this area of the Web Site.


TDG-L-106 – Oil Dispersion at Medium Temperature for Passenger Car DI Diesel Engines (DV6)

The 1st Stage of the development (installation/commissioning phase) has been completed.
The 2nd Stage of the development (test cycle investigation phase) is ongoing using the slave engine provided by PSA, with the aim of defining the test cycle with appropriate steady state points to obtain 6% soot after 120h. 


TDG-L-105 – Low Temperature Pumpability Test

The Group’s Chairman made a detailed presentation to the Board on the test development results so far and the problems of being able to set the test conditions correctly and to obtain agreement from all Group Members.
More data is to be made available on the borderline calibration oils, which is based on the actual performance of these oils in the field.  This information may assist ACEA members with their decision on where to set their limits.  ATC Board representatives will ensure that this data is collected and discussed within the Group.
Anders Roj agreed to discuss the issues related to these borderline oils within ACEA and provide some feedback.  The Group will then meet again to find a solution.


TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

A further four tests have been run in order to get the test conditions set properly but the results were unexpected.  The test is suffering from repeatability issues but the Group has identified some reasons why this might be happening.


TDG-L-103 – Bio-degradability of Lubricants in the Natural Environment

The Group’s first Phase 2 meeting was very successful.  
As the new laboratories must first set up the glassware and items of analytical equipment, they have been given until mid December to complete this and run their tests.  The next meeting will be in January 2012, after data evaluation.


SG-L-078 – VW TDi

With the help of both the hardware sponsor and the hardware supplier a solution has now been found to ensure consistent availability of the critical parts (especially blocks and pistons).  
Group members have estimated demand for the next 18 months and production will soon be increased to meet this demand.  The Group has not reached consensus on whether a second reference oil is needed and if so, what performance level it should have.  Acceptance limits for RL206 have recently changed, based on a stable result over the last 3 years.


CEC Test Monitoring System Update

Data Upload - An enhanced version of the data input spreadsheet has been released for XUD9 (SG-F-023), and KO (SG-L-014). The KO data dictionary has been revised.
The new version will make it much easier for participants to update their spreadsheet when minor changes need to be made. Participants will be able to update lab and instrument information automatically by downloading a small file from the TMS web site.
When downloading the input spreadsheet, users should click on 'Save' or 'Download' when prompted to save the file to their PC.  They can then run the spreadsheet from where it was saved.


CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

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