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SwRI launches Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) research consortium

25 April 2014

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI) is launching the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) consortium to better understand fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion. The AEF will hold its first meeting on July 7, 2014, at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX.

Sharing costs through a consortium gives companies access to more research than would be feasible if funded individually, noted SwRI. Also, members receive free licensing for any patents that may be produced from the consortium’s work. Membership in the AEF consortium is $100,000 per year and may be renewed annually.

The AEF consortium will research the impact of fuels and lubricants on engine combustion and the requirements needed for optimizing future engine technologies. “Engine technology is changing so rapidly that it has become difficult for fuel and lubricant technologies to keep up,” said Thomas Briggs of the SwRI. “The new technologies being applied to engines are dramatically changing the demands placed on the fluids. We are also seeing more and more evidence that the chemical and physical details of the fluids significantly impacts engine performance.”

SwRI has managed a number of automotive consortia, including two long-running programs: High-Efficiency, Dilute Gasoline Engine (HEDGE®) consortium, now in its third phase, which seeks to improve gasoline engine technology for heavy-duty applications, and the Clean High-Efficiency Diesel Engine VI consortium, the industry’s longest-running diesel research consortium, which develops efficiency and emissions solutions for future diesel engines.

For more information about the consortium, contact Briggs at (210) 522-5153 or e-mail at thomas.briggs@swri.org.

Source: SwRI