http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.60Change: -0.01
R/$ = 10.55Change: 0.01
Au 1301.06 $/ozChange: -1.80
Pt 1436.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013   Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science & Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 24, 2012

Partnerships to improve vehicle efficiency

Back
Shell|Shell South Africa|Poland|South Africa|The Netherlands|Engine Technology|Heavy-duty Diesel Engine Oil|Lubricant Solutions|Oil|Oil Filter Blockage|Oil Oxidation|Technology Standards|Transport|Raymond Abraham|Engine Technology|Product Technology
shell|shell-south-africa|poland|south-africa|the-netherlands|engine-technology-industry-term|heavy-duty-diesel-engine-oil|lubricant-solutions|oil|oil-filter-blockage|oil-oxidation|technology-standards|transport-industry-term|raymond-abraham|engine-technology|product-technology-technology
© Reuse this

Global transport challenges, such as mobility trends, modern engine technology and new regulatory and specification requirements, are making the research and development of fuel and lubricant solutions critical for enhancing vehicle efficiency, states oil company Shell South Africa.

“The combination of quality heavy-duty engine lubricants and fuel has always been vital in ensuring optimum vehicle maintenance and performance.

“New legislative and technology standards, however, require original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fuel and lubricant companies to partner to develop next-generation solutions,” says Shell South Africa commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham.

He adds that, while South Africa is lagging behind other countries in adopting European legislation, global OEM developments to meet these increasingly stringent specifications are already influencing the local space.

Heavy-duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) and fuel must be designed to improve fuel economy and reliability, ensuring that the engine runs smoothly, Abraham suggests. “Even in cold weather, the fuel should not damage the engine and the filter must not become blocked with dirt and sludge.”

Products must also improve power to allow the vehicle to pull heavy loads at the best possible performance level, as well as enable compliance with emissions legislation, eliminating black smoke and particulates.

In the case of HDDEO, in particular, the lubricant must prevent valve train wear, oil filter blockage, bearing corrosion, the formation of deposits on the turbocharger, and intercooler, piston ring and cylinder liner wear as well as sludge build-up.

“It should, at the same time, ensure piston cleanliness while resisting oil oxidation and thickening.”

Abraham adds that these may be considered standard requirements for lubricant formulators and are typically met by combining specific base oils and additives.

“However, to find solutions that speak to the future requirements of the transport sector, OEMs need to actively partner with fuel and lubricant manufacturers to ensure products and product technology are designed to meet both existing and anticipated future requirements, especially when it comes to efficiency and emissions,” he says.

To this end, Shell has eight research and development laboratories strategically placed worldwide, where major OEMs are located.

“Our partnerships with OEMs have helped us to better understand the relationship between fuels and lubricants in reducing fuel consumption and, correspondingly, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – as per the regulations, which are becoming tighter each year,” says Abraham.

He notes that the challenges of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are currently driving engine technology development at global level for most major OEMs.

“OEMs, in particular, are being forced to look at engine design – including the role of fuels and lubricants in the engine – to identify ways to reduce the overall emissions of their vehicles and equipment to comply with regulations and avoid significant fines. “This makes partnerships with fuel and lubricant manufacturers critical.”

Abraham says a good example of the type of OEM relationship required can be seen in Shell’s partnership with OEM Daimler in the latter’s Record Run 2011. “Daimler’s Record Run 2011 was designed to test the fuel efficiency of its new trucks. “The event saw three Daimler trucks complete a 10 000 km journey from the Netherlands to Poland in normal traffic conditions.”

During this time, the trucks were exclusively fuelled with Shell’s FuelSave Diesel and lubricated with Shell Rimula R6 LME engine oil. The run saw the Mercedes-Benz Actros (Euro V version) and Actros (Euro VI version) achieve fuel savings of 7.6% and 4.5% respectively, compared with the standard Actros, which holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Commercial Vehicles News
The South African Short-term Insurance Association (SAIA) on Wednesday called on motorists to be careful when driving during the coming Easter Weekend. This warning followed a call for caution by the association in February when heavy rains caused damage to roads and...
WesBank’s newest Vehicle sales Confidence Indicator (WVsCI) shows dealers do not expect sales in the new vehicle market to grow over the next three to six months. The indicator predicts the new and used vehicle sales markets for the next six months.
Passenger car imports could fall in 2014, after reaching an all-time high in 2013, at 337 000 units. Imports made up 9% of all passenger cars sold in South Africa in 1995 (22 000 units), climbing to 26% in 2000, 50% in 2005, 66% in 2010, and 75% last year.
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa's drive to create a competitive and food-secure State was boosted on Tuesday with the launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security, at the University of the Western Cape, which would bring together a cohort of experts and researchers from 19...
The City of Cape Town has entered into eight third-party service provider agreements licensing the take up of the spare infrastructure capacity generated through the city’s broadband network. Lease-agreement negotiations were progressing with another 20 third-party...
A 344.5 t wax reactor has arrived at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fisher-Tropsch wax expansion project, in Sasolsburg, in the Free State, after five weeks of road travel from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. The reactor was transported through Pongola, in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. 
Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
South African antenna designer and producer Poynting and provider of professional products, system integration and implementation and commissioning services for the broadcast and telecommunications markets in South Africa, African Union Communications (Aucom),...
Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The...
South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle...
In support of the South African government’s mandate to create more jobs and promote sustainable development, multilevel marketing company Amway’ business model aims to assist government in easing the startup of business and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks