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CEC Newsletter December 2012
CEC Newsletter December 2012

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 20th November 2012 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.

New Test Development Proposals- Internal Diesel Injector Deposits Test.

ATC, ACEA and CONCAWE support the formation of a new TDG to develop this test.
A small task force will develop the detailed Terms of Reference with the drafted Template ready to be presented to the CEC Management Board for review and acceptance at its next meeting in January 2013.  The call for sponsors and the tender to find the test development laboratory are likely to be issued at the end of January 2013.  Any company interested in becoming a sponsor, or the lead laboratory for the development, can express their initial interest to the CEC Secretariat by email.  We will keep your details on record and send you an email invitation directly, as soon as the tender and invitation to sponsor are released

CEC Management Board.

Anders Röj, Volvo, is appointed as Chairman and Ian Field, Infineum, is appointed as Vice-Chairman from January 1st 2013, for a period of two years.  They also become the Directors of CEC.
ACEA has also announced that Suhair Abdelhalim, Ford,  will replace Anders Roj as one of the ACEA representatives on the CEC Management Board.

The CEC Test Development - Tender Process

There are some issues with the test development process which need to be improved.
The Invitation to Sponsor letter will clearly list sponsoring companies obligations.  It is important that companies understand that their commitment to being a sponsor does not allow for withdrawal later.  This is because it causes a potential financial shortfall and delay in the test development. The letter will also aim to deal with the problem of current lengthy payment times.  These delays are very difficult , because they delay the commencement of the test development.  All the funds must be received from sponsors before the first test development group meeting.  
Industry Associations are obtaining feedback from their members about how to speed up the administration and financial part of the sponsorship arrangement to avoid delays to the process. 

CEC Update to Test Method

Section 5 of the current non-fired CEC test methods are to be updated with relevant measurement uncertainty wording, since in many cases the current wording is out of date. A specialist consultant is being engaged to assist with this process.

CEC Presentations to CEC Stakeholders

Following the success of a presentation on CEC and its test development process to an OEM, Board Members agreed that CEC can offer all CEC Stakeholders a CEC presentation to promote the test development process.

CEN Group and CEC Assistance

CEN are considering developing an EN HFRR standard which will need to have both visual and digital camera based assessments of the wear scar.
The CEC group SG-F-006 (now closed) has some useful information from a 2006 Round Robin, so Board Members agreed to permit the release of the anonymous results to the CEN Group.

Life Plan for CEC Engine Tests

Board Members discussed the latest edition of this plan, which is available to all Working Group Members on the CEC Extranet.
Parts for CEC L-99-08 have been stockpiled by SG-L-099. Some parts are being produced on a batch basis making them more expensive, but it will keep the test available.
The long term availability of CEC L-101-09 is being checked and a more detailed picture of the situation should be available for the next CEC Board Meeting.
It is understood that the XUD9 engine has been withdrawn but with 200-250 tests per engine and a stock of engines at a number of laboratories, it means that the F-23-01 test should continue in use for at least 3-4 years.

TDG Progress Reports

The template for Public Progress Reports from CEC Sponsored Test Development Groups was reviewed by the CEC Board.
In future, before publication, the Board Member overseeing each Sponsor TDG will review the public progress report for quality and quantity of information provided.

Test Development Critique

It was agreed to re-instate this review process with TDGs as they complete their test developments, with a view to recognising issues and problems experienced and improving the process.

SG-F-016 Valve Stick

Board Members discussed the proposal to add an alternative temperature to the engine soak period in the CEC F-16-96 Test Method.  
Further consideration of this proposal needs to be made within the ACEA, ATC and CONCAWE Liaison Group, in order to establish the benefits.

SG-L-039 Elastomers

There was concern about the process by which the proposed replacement RE5 elastomer had been developed, as tests have shown that the properties of this new replacement RE5 elastomer make it unsuitable for use.    
To try and alleviate problems in future, a Special Project Group in CEC will be set up to define the process to replace elastomer materials within CEC. It will comprise of two experts each from ACEA, ATC and ATIEL with specific Terms of Reference and the existing Industry Task Force members will be invited to join the CEC Special Project Group.

SG-L-099 OM646 LA Wear Test

The CEC MB is asking SG-L-099 to assess the precision of piston merit and sludge parameters within the CEC L-99-08 test, as they now appear in the ACEA 2012 Sequences.  Suitability for no harm / safety limits is also of value.

SG-L-054 M111 Fuel Economy Group

The CEC Management Board endorsed the SG-L-054 Group’s election of Michael Schulz as Chairman, following the retirement of Derek Mackney.

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

Udo Boecker, representing ISP as the lead laboratory in this test development, attended the Board Meeting to discuss the ISP bid.  
A decision was made on the fuel to start the development.  The Group must decide which equipment to use during its first meeting in early January 2013.  
Useful information learnt from the TDG-L-105 test development will be applied to this new TDG to assist in developing the new test quickly, with the minimum number of tests required.  

TDG-T-108 – FZG Pitting Test

Based on the presented results from the investigations made by FZG, a proposal for the conditioning procedure was made and agreed by all group members at the meeting.
Roughness limits for test gears before and after the conditioning run still have to be specified.  1 field oil was defined as a calibration oil for pre-investigation tests.  It may become one of the reference oils for the Pitting test.  The definition of a 2nd reference oil will be decided this month.  The next group meeting will probably be in March 2013.

TDG-L-107 – M271 EVO Sludge Test

APL is now in a position to install the engine on a test bed and start the first reference run. The fuel and reference oil have been delivered. Once the results of the first tests are known a meeting will be organised to discuss them, hopefully early January 2013.  

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

The test development Phase 1 at the leading lab is now completed.  
Phase 2 (reproducibility) has been initiated. All laboratories aim to install the DV6 engine by the end of 2012 for a start of the Round Robin in Q1 2013.  
A small amount of sponsorship funds remain, which are being returned in equal parts to all the sponsoring companies.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

The first round of Phase 2 testing has commenced.

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours and Year End Holidays

The CEC Secretariat office will close for the end year holidays at 1200 hours on Monday 24th December 2012 and will re-open at 0800 hours on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.
The CEC Secretariat would like to take this opportunity of wishing all those involved in CEC business a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Successful New Year.
Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays.

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