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See detailDynamic of soil drying close to saturation: What can we learn from a comparison between X-ray computed microtomography and the evaporation method?
Parvin, Nargish ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Plougonven, Erwan ULg et al

in Geoderma (2017), 302

The soil water retention curve (SWRC) is a unique relationship between water content and soil water potential. SWRC in near saturation gives the dimension of soil macroporosity which plays an important ... [more ▼]

The soil water retention curve (SWRC) is a unique relationship between water content and soil water potential. SWRC in near saturation gives the dimension of soil macroporosity which plays an important role in water translocation into soil. Thus, the accurate measurement of SWRC is crucial. The aim of this study is to compare SWRC obtained through two different methods: X-ray computed microtomography (X-ray CT) and evaporation method by HYPROP device. Three different depths (0–10, 25–30 and 45–60 cm) are considered for soil sampling. The results showed significant differences in SWRC between the techniques. The SWRC from X-ray CT showed more volumetric water content at 25–30 cm (0.044) and 45–60 cm (0.024) than evaporation at saturation (0 kPa) in cases where the macroporosity was higher. Macropores may have connections with neighbouring pores of smaller sizes. Hence we assume that these pores can be observed through X-ray CT but cannot be evaluated by evaporation. As macropores with narrow opening do not evaporate at very low tension. These pores therefore got empty at relatively higher tension. Consequently, SWRC near saturation appeared rather flatter with the evaporation method where the X-ray CT presented deviation. Accordingly, interpretation of macro pores from SWRC through evaporation method would give comparatively smaller volume of macropores than they really are. Pore morphology and other hydraulic functions of soil, for example, mean connection surface of pores, hydraulic conductivity, and the efficiency of water conducting macropores also support the X-ray CT findings. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of sawdust addition on drying of wastewater sludges: Comparison of structural characteristics
Li, Jie; Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2017), 35(8), 925-932

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See detailEffects of the soil pore network architecture on the soil’s physical functionnalities
Smet, Sarah ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2017), 19

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See detailBRAIN-TRAINS: Integrating the LCA methodology in and interdisciplinary project
Merchan Arribas, Angel ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Proceedings of the 5th international conference on Life Cycle approaches (2016, November 09)

BRAIN-TRAINS is a project supported by the Belgian Federal Government that deals with the possible development of rail freight intermodality in Belgium, approaching this transport issue from an ... [more ▼]

BRAIN-TRAINS is a project supported by the Belgian Federal Government that deals with the possible development of rail freight intermodality in Belgium, approaching this transport issue from an interdisciplinary perspective. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology is used to analyse the sustainability impact of rail freight intermodality. The rail freight system has been divided in three sub-systems: rail transport operation, rail infrastructure and rail transport equipment (locomotives and wagons). First, a SWOT analysis of the intermodal rail freight transport has been performed to identify internal characteristics and possible external trends of the intermodal rail freight transport. The most important elements identified in the SWOT analysis have been selected through a Delphi-technique with the collaboration of a panel of expert. Thirdly, the selected elements have been translated into clear and measurable parameters, defining for every parameter an input value to quantify the scenarios. The parameters are measured in “tonne-kilometre”. Finally, three divergent Belgian scenarios with a time horizon set in 2030 have been built for further analysis. These scenarios are directly linked to the third strategic goal of the European Commission’s White Paper on transport (2011), which aims to shift the 30% of road freight over 300 km to other modes such as rail transport by 2030. As a result, a best, worst and medium case scenarios have been developed, depending on whether the 30% shift has been successfully accomplished, the status quo has been maintained or the goal has not been completely reached by 2030, respectively. The direct transport emissions and energy consumption during the rail transport activity have been determined using the LCA methodology. These LCA results have been used to improve the accuracy of existing commercial databases as Ecoinvent for the Belgian situation. [less ▲]

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See detailLife cycle assessment of on-site accelerated food waste composter
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Finet, Sébastien

Poster (2016, November)

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See detailINFLUENCE OF THE DATASETS CHOICE ON LCA RESULTS: EXAMPLE OF GLUCOSE PRODUCTION
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2016, October 27)

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production to be able to study material produce from glucose. Glucose is general-ly produced from corn or wheat ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production to be able to study material produce from glucose. Glucose is general-ly produced from corn or wheat. Since agricultural processes are known to be difficult to evaluate by LCA, the results obtained with two different LCA databases, Gabi and EcoIn-vent, are compared in this work. The production of glucose from raw materials can be divided in two steps: the agricul-tural step allowing the plant production, and the conversion step including the extraction of the starch from the plant and its hydrolysis into glucose. Preliminary results underline the high impact of the agricultural step, so a special attention has been paid to these data. Specific Belgian data collected by the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) (2014) [1] have been used as primary data (yield, amount of fertilizers, etc.), either using EcoInvent or Gabi datasets background data to model fertilizers, diesel consumption, etc. A third model was built using only data available in Ecoinvent for corn and wheat cultures. For the conversion step, literature data have been used along with some industrial data. As few studies are available in the literature concerning starch hydrolysis, the focus has been placed on data validation (mass balance checks, cross-reference information, etc.). Based on these multiple sources, it is possible to compare the LCA results for the pro-duction of 1 kg of glucose for three different cases, summarized in the following table. Table 1: Summary of modelled cases Agricultural step Conversion steps Primary data Dataset Primary data Dataset Case 1 Belgian GaBi Literature + Industry GaBi Case 2 Belgian Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent Case 2 Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent The results obtained using these three models will be presented, at both the inventory and impact assessment steps. They show significant differences and highlight the need to understand in depth the involved assumptions when developing the datasets, in addition to the ones adopted for the inventory. These differences in results lead to higher uncer-tainties, allowing only to have a range of possible values as a result. We make the choice to only communicate this range of value and not an absolute value when communicating the results of this study but this leads to some disadvantages such as difficulties in com-parison, etc. [less ▲]

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See detailLIFE CYCLE IN PRACTICE – FEEDBACK FROM A SME'S COACH
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2016, October 27)

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See detailPARTNERSHIP with a glass wool producer for accurate LCA
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Briard, Vincent; Pigeolet, Jean-Pierre et al

Conference (2016, October 08)

This presentation aims to illustrate how a partnership with the private sector can progressively become a win-win collaboration. Taking into account the environmental aspects in the building sector has ... [more ▼]

This presentation aims to illustrate how a partnership with the private sector can progressively become a win-win collaboration. Taking into account the environmental aspects in the building sector has become unavoidable. Knauf Insulation, a glass wool producer, has started to evaluate the environmental impacts of it manufacturing processes for drafting Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). This first objective was mainly intended to respond to a market demand for EPDs of their products. Our first contact with Knauf Insulation was for drawing up EPDs of 10 of their products. This first work has shown the need for a more flexible tool to allow rapid life cycle analyze of a product and publication of an EPD, and thus respond quickly to market demands. The need of a better understanding of the environmental impact of the process is also underline to allow to follow the evolution of the impact and to reduce it. All the glass wool products are manufactured in a similar way, only a few parameters, such as density or thickness, are modified in the process to produce a given product. We have therefore chosen to develop a generic model that can be used for all glass wool products produced by Knauf Insulation, in any of their plants. The LCA model was developed in GaBi, and thanks to a positive collaboration with Thinkstep, the software editor, and Knauf Insulation, the model is finetuned for the production plants. Knauf Insulation can use this model for EPDs as well as for Ecoconception. The model is built to be user-friendly: the user sets the product characteristics and dimensions, and in which plant (or combination of plants) it is produced. The data collection is performed by Knauf Insulation with our support. When new data are available, the model is easily updated. Therefore the model is easy to use, easy to update and accurate. Thanks to this positive experience the collaboration is ongoing. The same modelling aspects have been adapted to another insulation product from Knauf Insulation, stone wool. Furthermore, Knauf Insulation has developed a new binder for its products called ECOSE and produced from renewable materials (biomass), and is formaldehyde-free. The previous LCA underline the need of a better characterization of ECOSE in a LCA perspective. Therefore, a PhD is underway to evaluate the impacts of this binder and its applications (glass wool products) as well as its future applications. This story underlines how the partnership between the university and private sector is a win-win situation, staring from EPD and leading to much needed fundamental research, more accurate EPDs and better awareness of the environmental impacts in general, when the private sector is convinced with the interest of the demarche. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose production: influence of the datasets choice on LCA results
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Poster (2016, September 22)

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production. Glucose is generally produced from corn or wheat. Since agricultural processes are known to be ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production. Glucose is generally produced from corn or wheat. Since agricultural processes are known to be difficult to evaluate by LCA, the results obtained with two different LCA databases, Gabi and EcoInvent, are compared in this work. The production of glucose from raw materials can be divided in two steps: the agricultural step allowing the plant production, and the conversion step including the extraction of the starch from the plant and its hydrolysis into glucose. Preliminary results underline the high impact of the agricultural step, so a special attention has been paid to these data. Specific Belgian data collected by the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) (2014) [1] have been used as primary data (yield, amount of fertilizers, etc.), either using EcoInvent or Gabi datasets background data to model fertilizers, diesel consumption, etc. A third model was built using only data available in Ecoinvent for corn and wheat cultures. For the conversion step, literature data have been used along with some industrial data. As few studies are available in the literature concerning starch hydrolysis, the focus has been placed on data validation (mass balance checks, cross-reference information, etc.). Based on these multiple sources, it is possible to compare the LCA results for the production of 1 kg of glucose for three different cases, summarized in the following table. Table 1: Summary of modelled cases Agricultural step Conversion steps Primary data Dataset Primary data Dataset Case 1 Belgian GaBi Literature + Industry GaBi Case 2 Belgian Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent Case 2 Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent The results obtained using these three models will be presented, at both the inventory and impact assessment steps. They show significant differences and highlight the need to understand in depth the involved assumptions when developing the datasets, in addition to the ones adopted for the inventory. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated Project with Focus on Energy Transition and Circular Economy for Developing Engineering Students' Soft Skills
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills ... [more ▼]

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills and to consolidate technical knowledge by integrating and linking chemical engineering disciplines usually taught separately. A case study was selected to address some of the challenges related to energy transition: students had to design the energy system of a remote island and make it as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. The course of action during the academic year, the assessment of soft skills, and the tools offered to ease the mentoring and encourage the acquisition of soft skills are described. Not all implemented techniques performed equally well, and this project finally appeared to be a challenge for the teaching team as well. 1 Introduction and background Over the last few years, University authorities, industrial partners as well as national and international experts that evaluated the education quality of our Department (AEQES, CTI) strongly suggested that opportunities should be offered to students to increase their soft skills as part of their curriculum. Moreover, many developments in chemical engineering are related to energy transition and circular economy, which are both transdisciplinary to conventional lectures. In this paper, we present methods and mentoring tools developed to teach students technical and soft skills for multi-disciplinary topics. 2 Description of the integrated project Objectives and constraints were defined at the onset of the project for both technical and soft skills. The technical objective was to propose an energy system that would make Reunion Island as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. This idea originated in the challenge set by the Eurecha 2015 student contest[1], for which students had to design facilities for a sheikhdom: electricity, water recycling, production of fertilizers… In our case, Reunion Island (~850 000 inhabitants) was considered as a case study as it is remote, has large biomass resources and high potential for renewable energies. Besides the objectives mentioned above and in order to force students to look at chemical engineering processes, the treatment of wastewater was imposed as well as the use of a synthetic liquid fuel as energy carrier. The targeted soft skills included working in large groups of minimum 4 students, efficient communication of results in English - both written and oral -, ability to integrate knowledge from various disciplines, development of critical mind and demonstration of independent and creative thinking. 3 Course of actions A team of 8 professors and senior scientists mentored the project and contributed to its assessment. The 10-ECTS project was divided in two parts. In the fall semester, students made global energy balances to design the energy system that would fulfill the objectives. As a result, a Sankey diagram of the energy flows on Reunion Island by 2030 was produced to allow for an overview of the available Island’s resources and needs, as well as of processes that can make the link between resources and needs. In the spring semester, two processes identified in the first part, namely the synthesis of bio-ethanol and bio-methanol, were modelled in more details using commercial software. Different tools were used to encourage student initiatives and work: • The use of a shared on-line portfolio for students to gather their documents improved their internal communication, but this remained a marginal channel for communication with teachers • In the fall semester, students orally presented progress reports every two weeks. After a feedback to students, the teaching team met to discuss the achievements and set the objectives for the next two weeks. This was very positive for the communication inside the teaching team. However, presentations every fortnight implied a work overload for students that had to constantly focus on preparing the presentations. • From the beginning, students were strongly encouraged to reach out to field experts whose contacts were provided. However, they preferred to rely mostly on Internet as their main source of information and reached out only rarely for help and usually very late. • In the fall semester, students had to designate new team leaders in turn every fortnight. This was abandoned as it prevented the establishment of clear structures in the group, reducing its efficiency. • In the spring semester, work tables allowed students to work directly with the teacher specialized in their task. This was appreciated by students and teachers, and it needs to be further encouraged. • Help in the group organization and interactions was provided by the PSGO (psychology of groups and organizations). This also included videoscopy, i.e. filming the students during their presentations and analyzing the records with them. This help was appreciated by students. The assessment was based on technical results for 60%, and soft skills for 40%. The evaluation of technical skills was done partly by all teachers equally and partly by teachers whose expertise was the closest to the technical sub-tasks. For soft skills, efficient communication, creativity in the work and results and links with conventional lectures were assessed. Critical thinking was evaluated through the relevance of qualitative and quantitative results and discussions. Group work was assessed by the teachers as well as by students through mutual evaluation. 4 Conclusions and perspectives The integrated project gave students a first opportunity to improve their soft skills along with their technical knowledge. It also improved their communication skills and their fluency in English. The teaching team proposed different mentoring techniques to encourage efficient work, with varying results. Finally, as the assessment ignored soft skills improvements, it may be modified by evaluating soft skills all year long so both the final result and the observed improvements contribute to the grade. Reference Eurecha, The European Committee for the Use of Computers in Chemical Engineering Education, 2015. Announcement for student contest problem competition 2015. http://bari.upc.es/eurecha/. [less ▲]

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See detailTeaching of Life Cycle Assessment methodology to sensitize future engineers to sustainable development
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th Conference on ‘Engineering Education for Sustainable Development’ (2016, September)

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See detailLife cycle assessment of hemp concret blocks
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; de Mahieu, Jean-Baptiste; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2016, May 24)

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See detailLife cycle assessment of hemp concret blocks
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; de Mahieu, Jean-Baptiste; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Buildings notably contribute to global environmental negative impacts due to consumption of both embodied energy and natural resources as well as various emissions during their whole life cycle. It is ... [more ▼]

Buildings notably contribute to global environmental negative impacts due to consumption of both embodied energy and natural resources as well as various emissions during their whole life cycle. It is therefore necessary to develop practices to reduce these impacts, mainly by reducing the part of non-renewable resource in material as well as by ensuring the lowest energy consumption possible during their lifetime. New developments in natural fibres and their use in insulating materials can lead to significant improvement in building environmental impact. For this purpose, assessment of environmental performance is needed to support both the design and the production of (new) fibre based insulation solutions. In this context, the Life Cycle in Practice (LCiP) project helps SMEs to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services across the entire life cycle. Within the frame of this project, Isohemp (BE) hemp concrete block impact is evaluated in a cradle-to-gate LCA. Functional unit is a pallet of hemp concrete blocks ready for shipping. It represents about 1.3 m³ of blocks. Hemp blocks are made by pressing a mix of hemp shives, hydraulic and hydrated limes, and water. Long term carbon storage due to lime carbonation induces a large benefit in Climate Change (CC) category. The balance of the CC indicator for hemp cultivation is also favorable due to carbon dioxide uptake by the photosynthesis occurring during the plant growth. Life Cycle Assessment of hemp concrete blocks ready to ship has also highlights some improvements that can easily be made at the packaging level in order to lower the global environmental impact and increase the sustainability of this insulation material. Data are processed in SimaPro 8 software, with Ecoinvent 3 and ELCD 3 databases, and analyzed with the CML IA method. This method is compliant with the indicators required by EN15804 standard in order to communicate on the environmental performance of Isohemp blocks. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to improve the valorisationprocess of End-Of-Life vehicles? LCA as a tool to help decision
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Lewis, Grégory; Bareel, Pierre-François et al

Conference (2016, May 24)

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See detailAccurate measurement of radius evolution as a function of direction in 3D images
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Hubert, Julien ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 11)

Very often the reason for using of X-Ray tomography in a research project is to measure the evolution of some geometrical characteristic. The sought characteristic may be explained in simple words like ... [more ▼]

Very often the reason for using of X-Ray tomography in a research project is to measure the evolution of some geometrical characteristic. The sought characteristic may be explained in simple words like size, shape, or distance, but in practice measures based on these notions can have a complex implementation. We present a simple problem, measuring the evolution of radius in a cylindrical sample (a common shape for sample preparation for tomography) and how this value differs according the direction in which we look, when such evolution is known to be anisotropic. The solution is not unique, but we show that a naïve manual approach are not accurate enough, and how even a simple geometric notion such as radius needs a thorough definition in relation to its applicability to 3D image analysis. We extend the argument to how a good understanding of the notions and algorithms used in the quantification of geometrical characteristics can directly affect the pertinence and representativity of the results. [less ▲]

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