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CEC Newsletter June 2011
CEC Newsletter June 2011

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 17th May 2011 are available to CEC Group members on the CEC Web Site.

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

Four bids were received from potential lead laboratories.
A Review Panel discussed these in detail and awarded the test development to ISP in France.  There are 11 sponsoring companies in this Group (including the lead laboratory), working alongside the engine sponsor, PSA.  Sponsorship of this new test has now closed and the Group will have their first meeting in mid June.

TDG-L-105 – Low Temperature Pumpability Test

Following completion of some field trials and a telephone conference call amongst Group members in February, 4 suitable reference oils have been found and a significant test matrix commenced at the end of March.  
Results of the first 16 tests have been discussed.  The test matrix continues and all results will be analysed by the SDG officer in time for full discussion at the Group’s next meeting planned for mid June 2011, so that conditions can be decided for the next tranche of tests.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel Test

The Group is trying to balance a number of variables in order to get the correct severity for the test.  
All members were completing a questionnaire in advance of the Group meeting at the end of May 2011, in order to gather all opinions and ideas together for a full discussion and to decide on the plans to progress this difficult test development.

TDG-L-103 – Biodegradability

The Group has obtained Phase 1 approval from the CEC Management Board.
Results from the 2 reference oils have been established from several laboratories and the Group has requested to move to Phase 2 in order to provide a more robust repeatability for the test.  The Test Method is currently in draft form and will remain available only to the Group members until the test is formally accepted into CEC.  
Some additional companies are needed for Phase 2 Round Robin repeatability testing and these companies will join the Group and attend meetings once they have paid the required sum of Euro 1,000, which will also give them future access to the official Test Method, once it is accepted into CEC.

SG-L-038 – TU3 Test

This test was declared AVAILABLE again on 6th May 2011.
CEC declared the test UNAVAILABLE on 8th February 2011 but following successful tests on the small batch of 30 camshafts it is now available again.  These camshafts are estimated to last for 6 months, whilst the new larger batch of camshafts is made ready.

SG-L-078 – VW TDi

The Chairman of SG-L-078 has reported some supply problems with engine blocks produced by Volkswagen and delivered via Marshalls Industrial.
So far there is no firm date when the next batch of parts, organised some time ago, can be delivered to the laboratories. In order to avoid any shortage of blocks for tests Volkswagen is checking internally about possible short term solutions and the Group Chairman is in close contact with both Volkswagen and Robert Marshalls.

Proposals for New Fuels Tests

Two new fuels test developments will be discussed at the next ACEA / ATC / CONCAWE (AAC) meeting in June 2011.  PSA has been invited to attend to present the details.  AAC representatives are expected to report back to the CEC Management Board at its next meeting.

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