TGDI Technology and Higher Performing Lubricants

Available On Demand Until June 22, 2017

Industry experts are coming together to provide insight into one of the passenger car industry’s most impactful powertrain strategies: turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) technology. The global demand for TGDI engines is increasing as emission regulations become more stringent, consumer expectations for vehicle performance shift, and industry demand for fuel economy grows – CAFE 2025 requires 54.5 mpg by 2025.

In this 60-minute Webinar, experts from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), Honeywell Transportation Systems – Turbo Technologies, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and Lubrizol Additives will discuss TGDI technology and advanced lubricants that enable fuel efficiency, performance, and durability.

According to an annual survey released at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Honeywell sees “the evolving needs of auto makers driving not only turbo adoption globally to 47 percent by 2020 but an increasing appetite for turbo technology innovations that enhance a vehicle’s overall powertrain system.”

In this Webinar, Bruce Belzowski, from globally recognized research institute UMTRI, will give a perspective on the future of power trains and vehicle dependability. Geoff Duff, from Honeywell Transportation Systems – Turbo Technologies, will discuss gasoline turbocharger innovations that have contributed to engine downsizing and fuel efficiency. Tom Briggs, from SwRI, will discuss TGDI technology from a combustion perspective, giving insight into challenges such as LSPI. Finally, Martin Birze and Alex Sammut from Lubrizol will share how lubricant technology helps TGDI engines reach their full potential, enabling peak performance and directly contributing to fuel economy.

Other topics discussed will include:

• Turbocharger technology adoption and future development
• The role of higher performing lubricants in TGDI engines
• Chain wear, LSPI, and GDI soot
• Consumer demand for performance and fuel efficient technology

An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentations.


Bruce M. Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures, UMTRI

Bruce Belzowski is Managing Director of Automotive Futures at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and has authored research reports focusing on a variety of automotive topics including product development, manufacturer-supplier-dealer relations, globalization, information technology, knowledge management, and human resources. His current research topics include intelligent transportation systems, information technology, powertrain strategies, and globalization of the automotive industry. Bruce is Director of UMTRI Automotive Analysis’ China Automotive Program and Powertrain Strategies Program. He is also a Steering Committee Member of the GERPISA global automotive research group in France and a Joint Researcher at the Institute for Technology, Enterprise, and Competitiveness at Doshisha University in Japan. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan, respectively.

Martin Birze, Regional Business Manager, Passenger Car Motor Oils, Americas, Lubrizol

Martin Birze is the Regional Business Manager for the Americas at Lubrizol. Martin is responsible for developing and implementing Lubrizol’s passenger car motor oils strategy for both North & South America. During his 29 years at the company, Martin has held several sales, business, and management roles. After earning an honors B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, he started his career in 1981 at Shell Canada.

Thomas E. Briggs, Jr., Ph.D., Program Manager, Spark Ignited Engines R&D Department, SwRI

Tom Briggs is a Program Manager in the Spark Ignited Engines R&D Department at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and has been leading SwRI’s R&D programs on LSPI for the past five years. Tom managed the Pre-Ignition Prevention Program known as P3, which investigated the impact of fuels and lubricants on LSPI, and started the Advanced Engine Fluids program that is continuing the work with industry clients. Prior to joining SwRI, Tom was on the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working on programs to address diesel engine combustion and efficiency limitations. He also worked at Caterpillar, supporting advanced engineering programs for optical diagnostics and engine simulation. Tom received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Engine Research Center.

Geoffrey L. Duff, Director of Application Engineering, North America, Honeywell Transportation Systems

Geoff Duff is Director of Application Engineering for North America in Honeywell Transportation Systems. In this role, he is responsible for engineering development, validation, and production launches with North American customers in on- and off-highway commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle segments. He previously led the gasoline engineering efforts for North America. Geoff joined Honeywell in 2003 and has held various positions with increasing responsibility within Applications Engineering, launching numerous turbocharging solutions for gasoline and diesel engines. He started his career at Detroit Diesel Corp. working on air system and base engine product development. Geoff holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Oakland University. He is a certified six sigma green belt.

Alex Sammut, Technical Marketing Manager, Lubrizol

Alex Sammut brings a unique background spanning 17 years to his position of Technical Marketing Manager of Lubrizol Additives. Since receiving his engineering degree from the University of Michigan and joining Chrysler, Alex has held leadership positions involving production, hybrid vehicles, engine design, performance vehicles, and engine testing. His OEM exposure gives him a first-hand perspective on automotive powertrain needs and the role that lubricants play in meeting them. He joined Lubrizol in 2008 as a Program and Technology Manager. He has worked on customer and OEM support programs including LSPI, chain wear, gasoline particulates, and lubricant field testing.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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