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CEC Newsletter November 2013
CEC Newsletter November 2013

Management Board

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 19th November 2013 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel

There was a brief update on progress, along with details of proposals on how the biodiesel quality will be controlled in this test.  Details are being reviewed by CONCAWE Board Members.

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

Results from the Round Robin have been analysed and actions proposed to better align the laboratories and limit the differences between them.
3 laboratories are running an extra test, with results being available by the end of the year. All data will be reviewed at the next meeting in early January 2014.

TDG-L-107 – M271 Sludge Test

The Group Chairman attended the Board Meeting to give a presentation on the development to date.
A plan of action to overcome the severity issues is being defined at a further meeting of the Group.

TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

Results from the initial and verification tests with the defined development oils, performed by FZG, have been agreed by the group members.  FZG is revising the draft chapters of the test method and incorporating group member comments.

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

The group has been unable to achieve consensus in relation to the test temperature and running time.
The Lead Lab will run some further tests and the concerns raised by one member will be clarified and more details provided to all group members so that further discussion can take place as soon as possible.

TDG-F-110 IDID Test

The test installation at the lead laboratory was completed on schedule and the ECU calibration is being finalized with PSA.  An appropriate contaminant is ready for testing and a replacement PIBSI component (original one chosen cannot now be produced) is expected to be agreed soon.

TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test

Kris Polley from ISP has been appointed as Chairman, and this Group decision is supported by the CEC Management Board.  The first test result will be available within a couple of weeks. The low development oil has been chosen and the high development oil has been provided by the engine sponsor.

CEC Rating

The DIN 51349 reference document (referred to in some CEC Rating Procedures) will not be maintained by CEC in the English language since there would be copyright issues and associated costs for updates to the document, which would then require further translation.  Individual laboratories should be responsible for understanding the DIN method if relevant and to manage their own language translations any copyright permissions, through liaison with DIN.

CEC SG-F-098 (DW10)

The Management Board endorsed the appointment of Uwe Lutz as Chairman, thanking outgoing Chairman, Avtar Panesar, for his commitment and hard work over the years.

CEC Test Methods - Section 5 Re-write update

The external consultant’s proposal on how to proceed with the improvement of Section 5 of all CEC Test Methods was agreed by the Management Board and all Working Group Chairmen have been advised about the details they need to supply.

Proposals for Test Monitoring Improvements

Further improvements and enhancements to the CEC Test Monitoring System will be made next year.

Standard Template for Section 10 of CEC Test Methods

Standard wording for the CEC Reference Oils in Section 10 of CEC Test Methods has been produced.  The CEC Secretariat will produce a similar version for Reference Fuels and then send the completed guidance document for final approval to the Board.

Review Life Plan of CEC Tests and Development Timeline of current TDG’s

Both documents have been updated following information received from Group Chairmen.  These are available to everyone that has a CEC username and password access to the CEC Web Site.

Update from GFC

A GFC representative attended the CEC Board Meeting to give a presentation on GFC activities & a corresponding CEC presentation was also provided.

CEC Annual Activity Report

This presentation is nearing completion.  It provides background information and updates on recent activities in the CEC.

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays.
Christmas and New Year Holidays – the CEC Secretariat will close at 17:00 hours on Monday 23rd December 2013 and re-open at 08:00 hours on Thursday 2nd January 2014.
We would like to take this opportunity of wishing you a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

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