SAE 2016 International Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting

October 24-26, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Lord Baltimore Hotel

Shell GM previews meeting's Executive Panel

Selda Gunsel SAE International recently announced a new Executive Panel to be held as part of the SAE 2016 International Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting, which will be held Oct. 24-26 in Baltimore, MD. The Oct. 25 panel title is "Balancing Regulations and Customer Expectations in Future Powertrain, Fuel, Lubricant Vehicle Systems."

SAE International's member publication, Update, asked Selda Gunsel, General Manager of Products & Quality, Shell Global Commercial, to comment on the conference and on the new Executive Panel. She will be one of six panelists. She is accountable in the Shell lubricant and oils business supply chain for the design, sourcing, development, deployment, and maintenance of an optimized portfolio of lubricant products. This in-cludes covering the full cost, complexity, 'manufacturality,' and supply security of the products and portfolio. She also has overall responsibility for the lubricants product portfolio that supports business growth objectives and extends Shell's market and technology leadership.

It seems as though the event theme could have been used two years ago or could be used two years from now. Is the theme especially relevant in 2016?

The theme is especially relevant in 2016 as we are getting ready for specification updates in two major lubri-cant product categories: API GF-6/SP and CK-4/FA-4, for passenger car and heavy-duty engine oils, respec-tively.

The federal government via the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) has accelerated regula-tions to significantly improve fuel economy (up to 54. 5 mpg) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in passenger cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025-and that means those vehicles need the right engine oils. The proposed ILSAC GF-6 specification seeks to ensure the next generation of lubricants will enable these new, more fuel efficient vehicles. Development of 6 new or revised engine tests for oxidation, sludge, valve train wear, fuel efficiency, timing chain wear, and low speed pre-ignition for ILSAC GF-6 are nearing comple-tion. The new GF-6 specification update reflects the needs of new engine technology-specifically gasoline direct injection (GDI) and turbocharged GDI (TGDI) engines. Additionally, the inclusion of new lower-viscosity-grade engine oils such as 0W-16 are an integral part of the new specification. This work is being led by the Auto Oil Advisory Panel chaired by Scott Lindholm of Shell.

In 2011, the EPA and NHTSA agreed new regulations on fuel consumption for medium- and heavy-duty en-gines to reduce CO2 emissions. This led to the formation of a New Category Development Team (NCDT). The team, led by Dan Arcy, a member of our HDEO team at Shell, oversaw the spec and test method development. This work led to a new category of lubricant specifications collectively called PC-11. Today the new specifica-tions have been named by API as CK-4 and FA-4. CK-4 oils will replace today's lubes and will be backwards-compatible with all current diesel engines, and will be designed with improved oxidation resistance, shear sta-bility, and aeration control. FA-4 oils will also meet these new requirements and include lower-viscosity grades designed for next-generation diesel engines to help maximize fuel economy. The new FA-4 engine require-ments are a major change in the industry's approach to heavy-duty oil specifications. New oils compliant with CK-4 and FA-4 specs will be officially licensed by API on December 1, 2016.

The description of the executive panel on which you will be participating states: "The challenge faced by scientists and engineers is how to work within a continually evolving more stringent and limited design space while still keeping consumer safety, cost, and satisfaction at an acceptable level. All of this must be done in highly diversified regulatory, consumer, and global business environments." What, in your opinion, is the key to meeting that challenge?

Our research shows that fuel economy can be improved by using the most suitable quality lubricant for an en-gine, and that even higher savings can be achieved when the lubricants provider and the automotive original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, work together to develop bespoke products for a particular vehicle. Those developments are clearly important, but to move those efficiency gains onto the next level, the industry will need to move to the next level of collaboration. These are long-term co-engineering projects where we develop fuels, lubricants, engines, and vehicles together.

Shell Concept Car Door Up We put this co-engineering concept to the test recently when we collaborated and co-engineered the Shell Concept Car from the ground up, with our partners Geo Technologies and Gordon Murray Design. Through this co-engineering, we were able to develop a city car-sized vehicle with a bespoke lubricant design that could achieve up to 107 mpg (98 USmpg) fuel efficiency, as well as a 34% reduction in primary energy use over the vehicle's entire life cycle.

Do you see any special role for SAE International in meeting that challenge?

I see the SAE as crucial in bringing together various stakeholders in the industry to openly discuss challenges and develop solutions together. SAE plays an important role in promoting collaboration between hardware, and fluid developers, thought leaders, and policy holders.

Can you think of any way in which SAE Members will benefit from this conference above and beyond the ways in which non-members will?

I believe SAE Members can really benefit from participating in this conference. It will enable them to keep abreast of the latest developments and trends in powertrains, fuels and lubricants. This event also allows them to expand their network and interact with other SAE Members, which represent the most innovative minds in the industry today.



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