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French, Belgian Engineers Receive SAE Award for Automotive Lubricant Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 24, 2006 - An engineering team representing companies from France and Belgium wrote a technical paper that has earned SAE International’s Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants.  The team will be presented the award at the SAE Powertrain & Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition in Toronto, Oct. 16-19. 

The award, established in 1986, annually recognizes the authors of the best papers relating to the adaptation of lubricants and lubricated automotive systems or components.  The team is being recognized for its paper, titled “An Innovative On-Line Measurement Method for Studying the Impact of Lubricant Formulations on Poisoning and Clogging of After-Treatment Devices” (2005-01-2178).

Total Research Center

Jerome ObiolsJerome Obiols
Obiols is a team manager at the Total Research Center of Solaize, France.  Since 2001, has been working in the field of automotive lubricants, where he is currently in charge of passenger car engine oil development.  He has published three additional documents for SAE International.  He is a member of ASTM International, Coordinating European Council and Groupement Français de Coordination.  Obiols earned his master’s in chemistry from Paris University and his master’s in internal combustion engines and petroleum products from the Institut Français du Pétrole.

Philippe ChinaPhilippe China
China is an engine test coordinator at the Total Research Center of Solaize, France.  He has worked for 15 years in the engine test department, where he is responsible for fuel and lubricant engine tests.  He has published four additional documents for SAE International.  China received his degree from the Institut Français du Pétrole et des Moteurs.

Laurent SibuLaurent Sibué
Sibué is an engine test engineer at the Total Research Center of Gonfreville, France.  Previously, he worked at the Total Research Center of Solaize.  He received his degree in petroleum products and internal combustion engines from the Institut Français du Pétrole et des Moteurs.  He received his degree in energetics from L’École Centrale de Nantes. 

 

Delta Services for Industry (DSi)

Thierry DelvigneThierry Delvigne
Delvigne is chief executive officer of DSi, a Belgian company involved in the development of innovative tools for testing engines and lubricants. He has published four additional documents for SAE International.  In 2005, his company received the Innovation Award from the Walloon government of Belgium.  Delvigne holds an engineering degree in applied nuclear physics and a post-degree from the Universite Libre of Brussels, Belgium.

 

 

Benoit DeconninckBenoit Deconninck
Deconninck works for DSi, where he is responsible for research and development work.  He has published three additional documents for SAE International.  Deconninck holds a post-degree in applied nuclear physics from the University of Namur, Belgium.

 

Olivier CourtoisOlivier Courtois
Courtois works for DSi on the research and development team as a physicist. He holds a post-degree in applied physics from the University of Namur, Belgium.

 

Université Catholique de Louvain/ RadioTracerConsult

Dr. Pascal CarlierDr. Pascal Carlier
Carlier works at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL-Belgium) and does radiotracer development for human or industrial use. He also works as a freelance consultant (RadioTracerConsult).  Carlier received his doctorate in organic chemistry followed by a specialization in ionizing radiation application.

 

Renault SAS

Jean-Christophe BeziatJean-Christophe Beziat
Beziat is a research engineer with the fuel cell group in the research division of Renault SAS, France.  He is in charge of onboard fuel reforming for fuel-cell-powered passenger vehicles.  Previously, Beziat worked in the materials engineering department at Renault, where he was responsible for diesel exhaust treatment.  Beziat holds a doctorate in catalysis from the Université de Lyon, France.

Manuel Da-Silva
Da-Silva works in the research division of Renault SAS, France.