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CEC Newsletter September 2013
CEC Newsletter September 2013

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 10th September 2013 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site. 

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

End of Phase 1 Repeatability and application for test acceptance into CEC is expected to take place around the year end.

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

Phase 2 (round robin for reproducibility) is ongoing. Some concern has been expressed regarding variability of  Piston Merit and Viscosity Increase results. The Group is looking into this and further information is expected soon

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

The Group Chairman, Udo Boecker of ISP, attended the CEC Board meeting recently, to provide a detailed update on the progress made with this test development to date.
The Board encourages  Group Members to reach a prompt decision about the choice of oils and test conditions to be used, so that Phase 1 completion can be achieved and results reported to the Board in anticipation of acceptance of the test into CEC, as soon as possible.

TDG-F-110 IDID Test    

The work of this TDG has commenced recently. The Group is presently in the process of choosing  dopants  for a calibration fluid for test validation.

TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test

This new Group will have its first meeting on 24th September 2013.  There are 12 sponsoring companies participating alongside PSA which is the Engine Sponsor.

CEC Safety Parameters

ATC have released data to ACEA to evaluate EoT TBN for use as a Safety Parameter for CEC L-78-99.  This test covers various quality levels and ACEA suggested that the data should be split accordingly.  
The data in the ERC database does not contain information on the intended performance level of the lubricants evaluated in the TDI test. Any distinction between different quality levels therefore have to be carried out by each candidate oil test sponsor.

Pre-Development Work Outside CEC

Board Members agreed that pre-development work continues to be outside the scope of CEC and can be so varied that drawing up Guidelines on how to handle pre-development work would not be effective.  
It was agreed that the question of to what extent pre-development work has taken place, how much work has been done and which companies have been involved, should be questions asked within the ACEA, ATC, ATIEL, CONCAWE forum during the creation of the Template and / or Terms of Reference for a new CEC test development.  
If the CEC Management Board wished to conduct some investigation type work at any time, then it could do so by creating a Special Project Group with specific terms of reference.

Improvements to CEC Test Methods and CEC Reference Fluid Manuals

A number of improvements are being made to CEC Test Methods:
Section 5 Standard Templates will soon be available so that Chairmen can start the process of improving the guidance to users on measurement uncertainties for each CEC Test Method.
Section 10 Reference Fluids – work is ongoing to produce a template for this section that will list the required content for both Reference Fuels and Reference Oils.  This will help to standardize the information available in all CEC Test Methods.
New Supporting Document – a new document has been produced that can be used as a Quick-Reference List for key changes that have occurred in a Test Method.  This will soon be issued to Group Chairmen for future use, but not for retro-active completion.
Reference Fluid Data Sheets relevant to each test will soon be available to Test Method Users by clicking on a new button within each Test Method.
Definitions of CEC ‘Reference’ And ‘Development’ Fluids will be added to the Reference Fluid Manuals to improve the use of correct descriptions within Working Groups.

Improvements to CEC Guidelines

Look out for a new edition of the CEC Guidelines (Issue 24) expected to be available soon on the CEC Web Site!  A number of improvements have been made.

Test Development Group Timelines

A new document detailing the progress of TDGs and expected timelines for completion will be reviewed at every Board Meeting.  

CEC Statistical Development Group

SDG would appreciate further volunteers to join them to support CEC Working Groups statistical requirements.   Training will be provided.  If you can volunteer, please contact the CEC Secretariat

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

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