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See detailNonlinear Interpolation on Manifold of Reduced Order Models in Magnetodynamic Problems
Paquay, Yannick ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2016), 52(3), 1-4

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See detailOn the equivalent static load method for flexible multibody systems described with a nonlinear finite element formalism
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Sonneville, Valentin ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2016)

The equivalent static load (ESL) method is a powerful approach to solve dynamic response structural optimization problems. The method transforms the dynamic response optimization into a static response ... [more ▼]

The equivalent static load (ESL) method is a powerful approach to solve dynamic response structural optimization problems. The method transforms the dynamic response optimization into a static response optimization under multiple load cases. The ESL cases are defined based on the transient analysis response whereupon all the standard techniques of static response optimization can be used. In the last decade, the ESL method has been applied to perform the structural optimization of flexible components of mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems (MBS). The ESL evaluation strongly depends on the adopted formulation to describe the MBS and has been initially derived based on a floating frame of reference formulation. In this paper, we propose a method to derive the ESL adapted to a nonlinear finite element approach based on a Lie group formalism for two main reasons. Firstly, the finite element approach is completely general to analyze complex MBS and is suitable to perform more advanced optimization problems like topology optimization. Secondly, the selected Lie group formalism leads to a formulation of the equations of motion in the local frame, that turns out to be a strong practical advantage for the ESL evaluation. Examples are provided to validate the proposed method. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical behaviour of tape springs used in the deployment of reflectors around a solar panel
Dewalque, Florence ULg; Collette, Jean-Paul; Bruls, Olivier ULg

in Acta Astronautica (2016), 123

In order to increase the production of power on small satellites, solar panels are commonly deployed and, in some cases, reflectors are added to improve the concentration factor on solar cells. In this ... [more ▼]

In order to increase the production of power on small satellites, solar panels are commonly deployed and, in some cases, reflectors are added to improve the concentration factor on solar cells. In this work, reflectors are deployed by the means of compliant mechanisms known as tape springs. Their attractive characteristics are, among others, their passive behaviour, their self-locking capacity, their elastic deformations and their robustness. However, their mechanical behaviour is highly nonlinear and requires thorough analyses in order to develop predictive numerical models. It is shown here through parametric studies that the nonlinear behaviour of a tape spring is mainly governed by its geometry. Thus, for each specific application, its dimensions can be determined in order to minimise two critical features: the maximum stress affecting the structure and the maximum motion amplitude during deployment. In this paper, an optimisation procedure is proposed to meet these requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailGender effect on the scapular 3D posture and kinematic in healthy subjects
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Rigaux, Elise et al

in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (2016)

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However ... [more ▼]

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However the literature reports, for the shoulder, differences in the range of motion between genders. The specific influence of gender on the scapula-thoracic kinematics has not been studied yet. The dominant shoulder of two populations of men and women composed of 11 subjects each were evaluated in three dimensions for three distinct motions: flexion in the sagittal plane, abduction in the frontal plane and gleno-humeral internal/external rotation with the arm abducted at 90°. Posture, kinematics and range of motion were studied separately. For flexion and abduction and with regard to the scapular kinematic, external rotation were significantly larger for women than men. The differences were of at least 5° at 120° of humeral elevation. Upward rotations were identical. Women also showed larger average active humero-thoracic range of motion. The mean differences were of 13°, 7°, 12° and 5° for abduction, flexion, internal rotation and external rotation, respectively. No difference was observed between the scapular resting positions of both populations. The observed differences concerning both the scapular and humeral patterns would indicate that the shoulder behavior of men and women should not be expected to be similar. [less ▲]

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See detailExtraction of temporal gait parameters using a reduced number of wearable accelerometers
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (2016)

Wearable inertial systems often require many sensing units in order to reach an accurate extraction of temporal gait parameters. Reconciling easy and fast handling in daily clinical use and accurate ... [more ▼]

Wearable inertial systems often require many sensing units in order to reach an accurate extraction of temporal gait parameters. Reconciling easy and fast handling in daily clinical use and accurate extraction of a substantial number of relevant gait parameters is a challenge. This paper describes the implementation of a new accelerometer-based method that accurately and precisely detects gait events/parameters from acceleration signals measured from only two accelerometers attached on the heels of the subject’s usual shoes. The first step of the proposed method uses a gait segmentation based on the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) that provides only a rough estimation of motionless periods defining relevant local acceleration signals. The second step uses the CWT and a novel piecewise-linear fitting technique to accurately extract, from these local acceleration signals, gait events, each labelled as heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO), toe-off (TO), or heel clearance (HC). A stride-by-stride validation of these extracted gait events was carried out by comparing the results with reference data provided by a kinematic 3D analysis system (used as gold standard) and a video camera. The temporal accuracy ± precision of the gait events were for HS: 7.2 ms ± 22.1 ms, TS: 0.7 ms ± 19.0 ms, HO: ‒3.4 ms ± 27.4 ms, TO: 2.2 ms ± 15.7 ms, and HC: 3.2 ms ± 17.9 ms. In addition, the occurrence times of right/left stance, swing, and stride phases were estimated with a mean error of ‒6 ms ± 15 ms, ‒5 ms ± 17 ms, and ‒6 ms ± 17 ms, respectively. The accuracy and precision achieved by the extraction algorithm for healthy subjects, the simplification of the hardware (through the reduction of the number of accelerometer units required), and the validation results obtained, convince us that the proposed accelerometer-based system could be extended for assessing pathological gait (e.g., for patients with Parkinson’s disease). [less ▲]

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See detailProgramme d'étirement appliqué à l'épaule raide : conséquences fonctionnelles
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; COLLIGNON, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2015, October 09)

Les athlètes de lancer présentent une mobilité passive gléno-humérale de l’épaule dominante spécifique avec une majoration de la rotation externe et une limitation de la rotation interne. La limitation ... [more ▼]

Les athlètes de lancer présentent une mobilité passive gléno-humérale de l’épaule dominante spécifique avec une majoration de la rotation externe et une limitation de la rotation interne. La limitation interne semble liée à une raideur capsulo-musculaire postérieure, favorisant les pathologies de l’épaule sportive. Matériel et méthodes Vingt hommes, sportifs d’armer / lancer (volley-ball, handball) et pratiquant au moins 6 heures d’entraînement depuis plus de 5 années ont participé à cette étude. Ils présentaient tous une raideur des structures postérieures évaluée en clinique. Lors de l’inclusion dans l’étude, 10 athlètes (22,5 ± 4 ans) étaient asymptomatiques, 10 (24,8 ± 4 ans) présentaient une épaule dominante symptomatique (≥ 3/10 sur l’EVA). Les athlètes ont étiré chaque jour leur épaule dominante (sleeper stretch et cross body arm) pendant 4 semaines (5 x 30’'). Avant et après le programme d’étirement des structures postérieures, ils ont subi un test isocinétique de force maximale des rotateurs internes et externes ainsi qu’une analyse tridimensionnelle définissant la cinématique scapulaire. Résultats Après 4 semaines d’étirement des structures postérieures, tous les athlètes ont montré un gain significatif de mobilité en rotation interne passive. Nous n’observons aucune modification de la cinétique scapulaire lors de l’analyse 3D après les étirements chez les athlètes asymptomatiques ; les athlètes symptomatiques présentent une diminution du tilt antérieur scapulaire au repos après les 4 semaines. L’évaluation isocinétique des rotateurs d’épaules après les étirements montrent uniquement une légère réduction (- 4% ; p < 0,05) de la force des rotateurs internes à 60°/s en concentrique chez les athlètes asymptomatiques. Les sportifs qui décrivaient des douleurs avant les étirements sont significativement améliorés après le programme de 4 semaines ; cette diminution de la douleur est corrélée au gain en rotation interne passive. Discussion L’étirement pendant 4 semaines des structures postérieures de l’épaule raide sportive permet une augmentation de la mobilité passive. Ce gain de mobilité est corrélé à la diminution de la douleur chez les athlètes symptomatiques. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanical Analysis of Abdominal Injury in Tennis Serves. A Case Report
Tubez, François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (2015), 14

The serve is an important stroke in any high level tennis game. A well-mastered serve is a substantial advantage for players. However, because of its repeatability and its intensity, this stroke is ... [more ▼]

The serve is an important stroke in any high level tennis game. A well-mastered serve is a substantial advantage for players. However, because of its repeatability and its intensity, this stroke is potentially deleterious for upper limbs, lower limbs and trunk. The trunk is a vital link in the production and transfer of energy from the lower limbs to the upper limbs; therefore, kin-ematic disorder could be a potential source of risk for trunk injury in tennis. This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether the injury could be explained by an inappropriate technique. For this purpose, we analyzed in three dimensions the kinematic and kinetic aspects of the serve. We also performed isokinetic tests of the player’s knees. We then compared the player to five other professional players as refer-ence. We observed a possible deficit of energy transfer because of an important anterior pelvis tilt. Some compensation made by the player during the serve could be a possible higher abdominal contraction and a larger shoulder external rotation. These partic-ularities could induce an abdominal overwork that could explain the first injury and may provoke further injuries. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of a stretching program on overhead athletes with a stiff and painful shoulder
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2015, July 01)

Overhead athletes are more at risk of suffering shoulder injuries or/and developing shoulder pain. Stretching programs have been shown to successfully reduce pain for this population. However no study has ... [more ▼]

Overhead athletes are more at risk of suffering shoulder injuries or/and developing shoulder pain. Stretching programs have been shown to successfully reduce pain for this population. However no study has provided a global overview of the effects of stretching. The present study evaluated the evolution of the pain, the strength of the shoulder muscles, potential instabilities or lesion of the shoulder as well as the 3D scapular kinematics of 10 overhead athletes having a painful and stiff dominant shoulder. Our results show a significant decrease of the pain and of the positive impingement syndrome tests. The kinematics of the scapula reveals a more upward rotation of the scapula after the stretching, which may reduce the risk of sub-acromial conflicts. The strength of the internal and external rotators of the shoulder is not modified by the program. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural optimization of multibody system components described using level set techniques
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Tortorelli, Daniel; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (2015)

The structural optimization of the components in multibody systems is performed using a fully coupled optimization method. The design’s predicted response is obtained from a flexible multibody system ... [more ▼]

The structural optimization of the components in multibody systems is performed using a fully coupled optimization method. The design’s predicted response is obtained from a flexible multibody system simulation under various service conditions. In this way, the resulting optimization process enhances most existing studies which are limited to weakly coupled (quasi-) static or frequency domain loading conditions. A level set description of the component geometry is used to formulate a generalized shape optimization problem which is solved via efficient gradient-based optimization methods. Gradients of cost and constraint functions are obtained from a sensitivity analysis which is revisited in order to facilitate its implementation and retain its computational efficiency. The optimizations of a slider-crank mechanism and a 2-dof robot are provided to exemplify the procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of multibody systems and granular media using the non-smooth contact dynamic approach
Docquier, Nicolas; Dubois, Frédéric; Bruls, Olivier ULg

Conference (2015, July)

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See detailHow bioméchanical analysis may help to identify abdominal injury causes in high level tennis
Tubez, François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Conference (2015, July)

This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after a tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether ... [more ▼]

This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after a tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether the injury could be explained by an inappropriate technique. For this purpose, we analyzed the three dimensions kinematic and kinetic of the serve. We also performed isokinetic tests of the knees. We compared the player to five other professional players. We observed a possible deficit of energy transfer because of an important anterior pelvis tilt. Some compensations of the player during serve could be a possible higher abdominal contraction and a larger shoulder external rotation. These particularities could induce an abdominal overwork that would explain the first injury and may provoke a new injury. [less ▲]

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See detailTrajectory optimization for 3D robots with elastic links
Lismonde, Arthur ULg; Sonneville, Valentin ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg

Scientific conference (2015, June 29)

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See detailA level set approach for the structural optimization of flexible mechanisms
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Tortorelli, Daniel; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 08)

With the evolution of virtual prototyping, mechanical systems are commonly analyzed using a multibody system (MBS) approach to study the behavior of the entire system and notably the dynamic interactions ... [more ▼]

With the evolution of virtual prototyping, mechanical systems are commonly analyzed using a multibody system (MBS) approach to study the behavior of the entire system and notably the dynamic interactions between the components. Modern structural optimization of mechanical systems considers the dynamic loading exerted on the individual flexible components. The consideration is an essential feature and can be implemented in two ways. Firstly, one can consider a strong coupling wherein the component’s optimization is performed using the time dependent loading conditions coming directly from the MBS simulation. Secondly, one can consider a weak coupling wherein the component’s optimization is performed using a series of static load cases that do not fully account for the interactions between the components of the MBS. Rather this approach performs a MBS simulation to evaluate the loads for the initial design and then optimizes the component assuming the loads do not change. The process of evaluating the loads and then performing the optimization is repeated until suitable convergence criteria is satisfied, assuming convergence is possible. The present paper focuses on the strong coupling method wherein the flexible MBS dynamic analysis is based on a nonlinear finite element formalism [1]. A level set (LS) description of the component geometry is used to enable a generalized shape optimization. The LS approach combines the advantages of shape and topology optimizations. Moreover, since the component boundaries are defined by CAD features, the manufacturing process is facilitated as no post-processing step of a rasterized design is required. The design sensitivity analysis for MBS is revisited in order to facilitate its implementation. The optimization of a slider-crank mechanism and a 2-dof robot is provided to exemplify the procedure. [1] Géradin M., Cardona A. (2001) Flexible Multibody Dynamics: A Finite Element Approach. John Wiley & Sons, New York. [less ▲]

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