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See detailImpact of thresholding techniques on X-ray soil microtomogram analyses
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Beekkerk van Ruth, Jöran ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

Using X-ray microtomography, 3D soil structure can be visualised and analysed through useful factors like pore size distribution, shape, connectivity, orientation, etc. X-ray scans yield grey-level 2D ... [more ▼]

Using X-ray microtomography, 3D soil structure can be visualised and analysed through useful factors like pore size distribution, shape, connectivity, orientation, etc. X-ray scans yield grey-level 2D images, which can be recombined to form 3D structures. Treatments of the grey-level images can consist of either a binarization -distinguishing soil and pores- or a permeability level attribution directly linked to the grey-level values. The latter leads to problems in order to assign a permeability for each point (in soil a same grey level value can be assigned to points with a different permeability), as well as to analyse the 3D structure. On the other hand, treatment of black and white 3D structures is well-handled. However, the impact of the choice of one thresholding technique on the resulting images has already been demonstrated. Moreover, thresholding methods are various and numerous. Many of them are based on the image histogram analysis. But because of the soil complexity, the relevance of these techniques becomes debatable, with a risk of producing non reliable images. We propose to palliate this with a simple new algorithm based on physical measurements: it uses a loop fixing the threshold value in order to match the measured porosity for each sample. In this communication, our point is to highlight the impact of different thresholding techniques on the analysis and interpretation of our soil microtomograms. The underlying questions could be: Does the thresholding method influence our conclusions? Are the results depending on the sample itself or on the methodology? In order to answer these questions we tested the Otsu technique and our physically based algorithm. Soils samples were removed from the upper layer (Ap horizon) of a silty soil (Gentinnes, Brabant Walloon, Belgium) in plots with different management practices. In fact, since 2004, the field has been cultivated in conventional tillage (CT) or reduced tillage (RT). In order to empty the meso- and macroporosity, samples were placed under a 1.5 MPa pressure (Richards apparatus). Samples were then scanned by X-ray microtomography using a Skyscan-1172 high-resolution desktop micro-CT system (Skyscan, Kontich, Belgium). The cone beam source operated at 100 kV, using an aluminium filter. The detector configuration, i.e. 1048x2000 pixels with a 16-bit X-ray camera, and the distance source-object-camera were adjusted to produce images with a pixel size of 17 µm. Porosity was measured for each scanned sample. Then the threshold methods -the Otsu technique on one hand and our developed algorithm on the other - were applied, and morphological factors were calculated for both methods. A comparison of the first results shows a threshold influence on average porosity and number of pores, but also on connectivity factors and size distribution. The apparent porosity of the images, as well as connectivity, is underestimated with the Otsu technique. Despite the fact that the changes induced by thresholding are more important for RT than CT, global conclusions about the comparison of these agricultural practices are approximately the same in this case. However, differences between tillage systems are less important with the Otsu method, confirming the impact of choosing the adapted threshold method. [less ▲]

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See detailLife Cycle Assessment: a key decision tool for biomass valorization
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

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See detailEvolution des structures de sols sous itinéraires techniques contrastés : relations entre courbes de rétention et analyse par microtomographie à rayons X
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Roisin, Christian; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Milieux Poreux et Transferts Hydriques (2010, November), 56

Tillage reduction seems to affect porosity distribution, orientation and connectivity. Soil samples were removed from plots under conventional tillage or reduced tillage. Their water retention curves were ... [more ▼]

Tillage reduction seems to affect porosity distribution, orientation and connectivity. Soil samples were removed from plots under conventional tillage or reduced tillage. Their water retention curves were measured, and the characterization of soils porosity was made using x-ray microtomography measurements. Results show differences in the meso as well as in the macroporosity. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des structures de sols sous itinéraires techniques contrastés : relation entre courbes de rétention et analyse par microtomographie aux rayons X
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Roisin, Christian; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

Poster (2010, November)

Tillage reduction seems to affect porosity distribution, orientation and connectivity. Soil samples were removed from plots under conventional tillage or reduced tillage. Their water retention curves were ... [more ▼]

Tillage reduction seems to affect porosity distribution, orientation and connectivity. Soil samples were removed from plots under conventional tillage or reduced tillage. Their water retention curves were measured, and the characterization of soils porosity was made using x-ray microtomography measurements. Results show differences in the meso as well as in the macroporosity. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of storage duration on the emissions of ammonia and VOC during the convective drying of urban residual sludges
Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Herbreteau, Benjamin; Chaucherie, Xavier et al

in Tsotsas, E.; Metzger, T.; Peglow, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of IDS 2010 - Drying 2010 (2010, October)

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See detailContribution to the modeling of wastewater sludge drying kinetics: study of the operating conditions effect
Bennamoun, Lyes; Belhamri, A.; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Tsotsas, E.; Metzger, T.; Peglow, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of IDS 2010 - Drying 2010 (2010, October)

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See detailOn the modeling of convective drying tests on soil samples in non-isothermal conditions
Gerard, Pierre ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Tsotsas, E.; Metzger, T.; Peglow, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of IDS 2010 - Drying 2010 (2010, October)

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See detailAspects pratico-techniques du séchage des boues d'épuration
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Crine, Michel ULg

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See detailA comparison of physical activation of carbon xerogels with carbon dioxide with chemical activation using hydroxides
Contreras, María S; Páez, Carlos A; Zubizarreta, Leire et al

in Carbon (2010), 48(11), 3157-3168

Carbon xerogels synthesized with a fixed resorcinol/sodium carbonate molar ratio (R/C) were physically activated using CO2. The effect of activation temperature and activation time on the final properties ... [more ▼]

Carbon xerogels synthesized with a fixed resorcinol/sodium carbonate molar ratio (R/C) were physically activated using CO2. The effect of activation temperature and activation time on the final properties of the activated carbon xerogels was evaluated. The specific surface area increases from ~600 m2 g-1 to 2000 m2 g-1 and more by increasing the temperature and duration of the activation step. A comparison between physical activation with CO2 and chemical activation with hydroxides was also performed: it was found that both processes produce an increase of the micropore volume and specific surface area without altering the meso-macroporosity developed during the synthesis. However, chemical activation can lead to the development of the narrow microporosity mainly whereas, in physical activation, the widening of the narrow micropores takes place whatever the process conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of storage at 4°C on the study of sludge drying emissions
Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Herbreteau, Benjamin; Chaucherie, Xavier et al

Conference (2010, September)

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See detailImpact of liming operating conditions on the convective drying kinetics of urban residual sludges
Royer, Sandrine; Blandin, Gaëtan; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

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See detailIntroduction – L’Analyse du Cycle de vie au sein des outils de management
Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2010, June 10)

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See detailAnalyse par cycle de vie des systèmes énergétiques
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2010)

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See detailLes voies traditionnelles de production d’hydrogène
Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2010, May 27)

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See detailComparison of agricultural soils' structure depending on tillage system using X-ray microtomography
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Ly, Sarann ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2010, May), 12

This study aims at characterizing agricultural soils’ structure depending on the tillage system: conventional tillage or conservational tillage. Tillage reduction is an increasing practice, but the micro ... [more ▼]

This study aims at characterizing agricultural soils’ structure depending on the tillage system: conventional tillage or conservational tillage. Tillage reduction is an increasing practice, but the micro-structural effects on soils and on their hydrodynamic parameters are still not well described. Recent research shows non-converging results. Our point is to highlight fundamental differences in structure through characterization of soils porosity’s parameters using X-ray microtomography measurements coupled to image analysis. This attempt is in line with a more integrated experiment of which the aim is to quantify the effects of tillage intensity on lateral flow production, and finally on global water balance. Parameters’ measurements consist in a combined approach, based on two different space-time scales of exploration: fundamental scale, with soil sampling campaign for microtomography analysis, and field scale, with continuous flow measurements (plots’ dimensions: 18*28 m). For their part, parameters for water balance determination (precipitation, evapotranspiration…) are monitored on the field. All of these measurements have the main objective of hydrological modeling enhancement by taking into account a better lateral flow description. Discussion in this paper will focus on the first results obtained by X-ray microtomography measurements. Our experiment takes place in Gentinnes (Walloon Brabant, Belgium), on a field organized in a split-plot scheme. Since 2004, plots have been cultivated in conventional tillage or in reduced tillage. The latter consists in sowing after stubble ploughing of about 10cm. The crop rotation is sugar beet followed by winter wheat. The soil is mainly composed of silt loam. Soils samples, with a 3 cm diameter and a 5 cm height, were removed from the upper layer (Ap horizon) for both management practices. Samples are scanned by X-ray microtomography using a Skyscan-1172 high-resolution desk-top micro-CT system (Skyscan, Kontich, Belgium). The cone beam source operated at 100 kV, using an aluminium filter. The detector configuration, i.e. 1048×2000 pixels 16-bit X-ray camera, and the distance source-object-camera were adjusted to produce images with a pixel size of 17 µm. This resolution allows us to visualize both meso- and macro- porosity. In this study, half the samples were placed under a 15000 kPa pressure (corresponding pressure for the wilting point) in Richards’ apparatus in order to empty the meso- and macro-porosity. To determine a priori the class of porosity for the samples, relations between water retention and pressure head can be plotted using this apparatus. Scanning results consist in 2D images. The 2D images are recombined to form 3D structure. Then the pore network can be analyzed through useful factors like size distribution, shape, connectivity, orientation, tortuosity etc. [less ▲]

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