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See detailAn inverse modelling approach to estimate the hygric parameters of clay-based masonry during a Moisture Buffer Value test
Dubois, Samuel ULg; McGregor, Fionn; Evrard, Arnaud et al

in Building & Environment (2014), 81

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour of unfired clay-based masonry samples is specifically studied here and the Moisture Buffer Value (MBV) protocol is proposed as a data source from which it is possible to estimate several parameters at once. Those include materials properties and experimental parameters. For this purpose, the mass of two clay samples with different compositions is continuously monitored during several consecutive humidity cycles in isothermal conditions. Independently of these dynamic experimental tests, their moisture storage and transport parameters are measured with standard steady-state methods. A simple moisture transfer model developed in COMSOL Multiphysics is used to predict the moisture uptake/release behaviour during the MBV tests. The set of model parameters values that minimizes the difference between simulated and experimental results is then automatically estimated using an inverse modelling algorithm based on Bayesian techniques. For materials properties, the optimized parameters values are compared to values that were experimentally measured in steady state. And because a precise understanding of parameters is needed to assess the confidence in the inverse modelling results, a sensitivity analysis of the model is also provided. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact and retention of spray droplets on a horizontal hydrophobic surface
Zwertvaegher, Ingrid; Verhaeghe, Micheline; Brusselman, Eva et al

in Biosystems Engineering (2014), 126

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet ... [more ▼]

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet losses may result in reduced efficacy, economic loss, and environmental contamination. The aim of this exploratory study is to determine whether a new method based on calculating the volumetric proportions per impact type, i.e. adhesion, rebound and shatter, can be used to predict spray retention. These volumetric proportions are calculated based on logistic regression models, derived from vision-based droplet characteristics and impact assessments, and laser-based spray characteristics. The advantages and limitations of such a method are explored. The volumetric proportions per impact type on a horizontal, synthetic hydrophobic surface were determined for four different nozzles (XR 110 01 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 04 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 08 VS flat-fan nozzle and AI 110 08 VS air-induction nozzle) under controlled realistic conditions, and compared to the results of a retention test. The volumetric proportions of adhesion were much lower than the relative retentions, indicating that a considerable amount of rebound and shatter also contributed to final retention. The method should thus be improved by including the droplets retained after first impact and the retained proportions of partial droplet fragmentation but it is nevertheless considered a promising technique. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-isothermal moisture balance equation in porous media: a review of mathematical formulations in Building Physics
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Evrard, Arnaud ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3),

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the ... [more ▼]

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the driving potentials used to describe moisture flows, as well as in the complexity of characterizing the physical phenomena involved. Models developed in the field of Building Physics (HAM models) are used to describe the behavior of envelope parts and assess their impact on user comfort and energy performance. The water balance equation can be described in many ways; it is a function of the boundary conditions considered and the fact they induce high or low water content in the porous materials used. This paper gives an overview of various formulations for this equation that are found in the Building Physics literature. It focuses first on the physically based formulation of moisture balance, drawing on the Representative Elementary Volume (REV) concept, coupled with thermodynamic flow rates description. This is then reformulated in line with various main moisture state variables offering a wide variety of expressions that are compared with available models. This approach provides access to all secondary transport coefficients associated with the process of mathematical transformation. Particular emphasis is placed on the moisture storage function choice and its impact on the final mathematical formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate monitoring of the rumination behaviour of cattle using IMU signals from a mobile device
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

in Hopkins, A; Collins, RP; Fraser, MD (Eds.) et al EGF at 50: The Future of European Grasslands. Proceedings of the 25th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation. (2014, September)

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the ... [more ▼]

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the inertial measurement unit (IMU) present in smartphones mounted on the neck of cows. The processing of both time and frequency domains of the IMU signals was capable to detect accurately the main behaviours (grazing, rumination and other) and highlight the characteristics of the rumination process. The algorithm for analysis of rumination was more accurate for grazing cattle than for silage-fed cattle in stables. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Inertial Measurement Unit of a Mobile Device to Discriminate Cattle Grazing and Ruminating Behaviours on Pasture
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Animal Production in Australia (2014, September)

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual ... [more ▼]

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual cattle behaviour in a quest to improve the management of pastures. Studies have shown the relevancy of accelerometers in the analysis of behaviour using dedicated devices. Accelerometers are located either close to the mouth or jaw of the animal or on its forehead or neck. Records are usually performed at low frequency (<1Hz) and most studies classify behaviours using neuronal networks or multivariate statistical approaches, with little consideration to the animals’ actual movements. Inertial measurement units (IMU) in consumer mobile devices are specifically developed to record accurately user movements. Besides 3D-accelerometer, they can include 3-D rotational speed sensors, 3-D magnetometers and GPS. Optimised power consumption offers significant autonomy. Data directly acquired from the sensors and IMU signals from build-in proprietary algorithms can be recovered using user-friendly low-cost applications. Moreover, mobile devices can store or communicate information by wireless in real time at high frequency. As movements of cattle are in the same range as humans, this study investigates the relevancy of mobile devices IMU signals to discriminate main behaviours of cattle on pasture. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of spray retention on a 3D black-grass plant model as a function of spray nozzle and formulation using a process-driven approach
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 13)

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray interception by plants is affected by nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as by the plant architecture. On the other hand, the spray retention is affected by application parameters resulting from droplet size and velocity as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. In this paper, spray retention is tackled with a physical approach at the droplet scale. The methodology deals with high-speed imaging to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and the spray granulometry. The 3D reconstruction of a black-grass plant involves a structured light technique. The overall spray retention was determined by using an interception algorithm combined with a process-driven retention approach as a function of the spray nozzle and formulation used. The interception model allowed determining the spray retention by a single plant and discriminating application parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distributions intercepted by single plant. Such a model can be used to increase the understanding of interactions between spray techniques and plant architectures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe performance of mobile devices' inertial measurement unit for the detection of cattle's behaviors on pasture
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 21)

Over the past decade, the Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) concept has taken a considerable place in the development of accurate methods for a better management of farm animals, as Precision Agriculture ... [more ▼]

Over the past decade, the Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) concept has taken a considerable place in the development of accurate methods for a better management of farm animals, as Precision Agriculture has done for crop production. Mass consumption mobile devices have nowadays the possibility to record accurately user movements with their Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). We used iPhone 4S to detect accurately cattle behaviors such as grazing and ruminating with the aim of performing a precision grazing management on the near future. Results showed accuracies ranging between 84% and 100% when detecting these two major behaviors by analyzing recorded raw signals in the time-domain. Ongoing research tries to link these behaviors to different pasture characteristics and performs a refined signal processing analysis for a better monitoring of some possible behavioral changes. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of mirror nozzle flow
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 15)

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See detailModeling the hygrothermal response of a prefabricated straw bale panel and assessing its impact on indoor climate
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Evrard, Arnaud; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in 2014 ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting (2014, July)

Crop-based materials show many qualities in the quest for construction products with low environmental impact in the construction sector. Their ability to exchange moisture with indoor air offers new ... [more ▼]

Crop-based materials show many qualities in the quest for construction products with low environmental impact in the construction sector. Their ability to exchange moisture with indoor air offers new opportunities for improving interior user comfort and eventually buildings energy performance. Modeling their hygrothermal behavior has thus focused much attention, one of the main objectives being to assess more objectively the resulting performance at building scale. The first natural step in this modeling process is to understand the specific dynamics of heat and mass transfer within such materials. The Building Element Heat Air and Moisture (BEHAM) numerical models were designed to accurately predict internal conditions encountered in materials with partial balance equations. This envelope-based approach, however, requires the knowing of the interior and exterior climate conditions prior to the study. Therefore, it forbids any assessment of mutual exchange between the envelope to the indoor air and prevents any serious validation of the overall performance of materials. In response to this problem, the importance of developing whole building hygrothermal model has recently been raised. General scientific computational tools like MATLAB seem particularly adapted to perform this scaling-up, given their high flexibility and tools integration potentialities. In this communication we study a prefabricated straw bale panel subjected to two distinct and simple solicitations in a climatic chamber. A whole building hygrothermal model developed in MATLAB is then validated with the experimental datasets. The evolution of indoor conditions under the different tests is analyzed in details with an assessment of straw bales performance. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of process-driven spray retention model on ear-ly growth stage barley
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2014, July)

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by crop leaves is affected by application parameters resulting from nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. When optimizing the spray application, such targets are often used to perform retention trials for comparative purpose, i.e. indoor grown monocotyledonous at two leaves stage. A typical arrangement consists in spraying few plants sufficiently spaced underneath the nozzle to avoid interference due to secondary droplets from impacts on other plants. However, retention trials turn out to ineffective for significantly discriminating between application methods and mixtures due to the high variability between trials resulting from the different droplets retained by each plant. An alternative to retention trials is to tackle spray retention with a physical approach at the droplet scale. Such tests are often performed using high speed imaging with high magnification optics to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and neglect, however, the overall plant architecture. The aim of this paper is to evaluate a droplet interception model connecting actual spray retention with process-driven retention models. In this study, barley plants (BBCH11) were sprayed with 2 formulations using the same nozzle. The actual spray retention was assessed by dosing a fluorescent tracer added to the sprayed mixture. The plants were placed linearly below the center of a single moving nozzle during sprayings. Each plant was reconstructed in 3D afterwards using a structured light 3D scanner and used as input for the model. A virtual nozzle was built on the base of droplet size distributions measured with high speed shadow imaging by performing an adjustment of the distribution by the method of moments. A ran-dom droplet distribution was allocated for each spraying of a barley plant. Droplet velocities were given to droplets on the basis of the droplet velocity – diameter correlation by resolving the droplet transport equations for different droplet sizes. Initial droplet positions were ran-domly given. The interception model is based on a mathematical formalism for the intercep-tion between triangles of the 3D plant and droplet directions. If the droplet impacts a leaf, the amount actually retained by the leaf was computed on the basis of the droplet impact energy and impact behavior from experiments with high speed shadow imaging. In conclusion, the interception model allowed determining the spray retention by plants and discriminating ap-plication parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distribu-tions intercepted by single plant. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of on-line flow cytometry for the characterization of microbial stress dynamics during the bioprocess
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Han, Shanshan; Sorensen, Soren et al

Conference (2014, April 03)

Microbial cell population heterogeneity is now recognized as a major source of issues for the development and optimization of bioprocesses. Flow cytometry is a very powerful tool for the follow up of ... [more ▼]

Microbial cell population heterogeneity is now recognized as a major source of issues for the development and optimization of bioprocesses. Flow cytometry is a very powerful tool for the follow up of physiological properties of microbial cells in process-related conditions at the single cell level, and can be used to study the dynamics of segregation directly in bioreactors. In this context, specific interfaces have been developed in order to connect flow cytometer (FC) directly on bioreactor for automated analyses. In this work, we propose a simplified version of such interface and demonstrated its usefulness for multiplexed experiments. This automated FC system has been tested for the follow up of the dynamics of an E. coli pfis::gfpAAV fluorescent bio-reporter and its PI uptake, correlated with membrane permeability. This bioreporter is composed of a fis promoter, a growth dependent promoter-indicator of the nutrient status of cells, fused to a gene expressing an unstable variant of GFP. The results obtained showed that the dynamics of the GFP synthesis is complex and can be attributed to a complex set of biological parameters. Segregation in the membrane permeability has been noticed. This work demonstrates that a simplified version of on-line FC can be used at the process level for the investigation of the dynamics of complex physiological mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact des matériaux biosourcés sur le climat intérieur : Un outil de calcul flexible à l'échelle de la pièce
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2014, March 19)

L'impact de l'utilisation de matériaux d'origine végétale sur le climat intérieur, et donc sur le confort des occupants ainsi que la performance énergétique du bâtiment, n'est établi que partiellement ... [more ▼]

L'impact de l'utilisation de matériaux d'origine végétale sur le climat intérieur, et donc sur le confort des occupants ainsi que la performance énergétique du bâtiment, n'est établi que partiellement. Ces produits présentent des propriétés hygroscopiques et capillaires causant des phénomènes spécifiques liés aux changements de phase dynamiques au sein de la matrice poreuse. Les modèles mathématiques utilisés pour étudier leur comportement hygrothermique de manière détaillée sont souvent des modèles de paroi (dits modèles HAM - Heat Air Moisture). Cela sous-tend qu'ils nécessitent d'imposer des conditions aux limites à toutes les frontières de l'élément étudié, et ne permettent donc pas de connaître les flux de chaleur et de masse réels qu'offrent l'assemblage de matériaux vers le volume d'air intérieur. Pour y accéder, il convient d'intégrer ces modèles à la description de bilans thermique et hydrique de zones. Dans cette communication, nous présentons un modèle hygrothermique capable de simuler l'évolution temporelle du climat intérieur d'une ou de plusieurs pièces ("zones thermiques"). Il est composé d'un module HAM basé sur des équations aux dérivées partielles et caractérisant les transferts dans les matériaux de construction et développé au sein de l'environnement numérique COMSOL Multiphysics. Les équations qui le composent sont flexibles et facilement adaptables au cas expérimental modélisé ainsi qu'aux propriétés des matériaux composant les parois. En outre, on y trouve un traitement complet des phénomènes de changement de phase qui prend en compte l'impact de la température sur la capacité de stockage d'humidité du matériau. Ce premier module, est couplé à un outil caractérisant les bilans chaleur/masse au niveau de la zone à l'aide d'équations aux dérivées ordinaires. Le couplage des modèles est effectué au sein de SIMULINK, un outil de MATLAB destiné à l'étude des systèmes dynamiques. Nous appliquons ensuite ce modèle à l'étude d'un mur en ballots de paille séparant une enceinte climatique de grande taille en deux volumes d'air. Les données d'une expérience simple, un choc thermique imposé à un des volumes d'air, sont comparées aux sorties du modèle numérique. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of on-line flow cytometry for the characterization of microbial stress dynamics during the bioprocess
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Han, Shanshan; Sorensen, Soren et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

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See detailAnalyzing relationships between cattle grazing behavior and pasture attributes using the inertial measurement unit of a mobile phone.
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2014, February 07)

The recent technological developments are boosting the opportunities of accurate method to monitor resource use efficiency in agriculture and in their wake, precision livestock farming (PLF) has ... [more ▼]

The recent technological developments are boosting the opportunities of accurate method to monitor resource use efficiency in agriculture and in their wake, precision livestock farming (PLF) has experienced huge developments over the past decade. These developments focus on the optimization of individual performances of farm animals as opposed to herd management. The aim of this paper is to explore a method to detect accurately and to analyze changes in cattle's behaviors on pasture during grazing time using signals from the inertial measurement unit (IMU) of mobile devices as a possible tool to manage individual grazing behavior. Commercial iPhones or iPods, which include a 3-axis accelerometer, a gyroscope and a GPS sensor, are fitted on a halter and placed on the neck of grazing cows. The acquired IMU data are recovered using an open source application (Sensor Data, Wavefrontlabs) and analyzed in a “white-box” model of the cows’ movements. First results using time-domain analysis allowed the detection of grazing behaviors showed accuracies ranging between 84% and 96%, attesting the relevancy of the method. Refined signal processing method will improve the detection but will also inform more about the relative link between the behaviors and the pasture attributes such as sward height, composition and nutritive value. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Spray Droplet Pinning Fragmentation to Canopy Retention
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Belhamra, Mohamed et al

in Crop Protection (2014), 56

Drop behaviour during impact affects retention. The increase of adhesion is usually seen as the objective when applying crop protection products, while bouncing and shattering are seen as detrimental to ... [more ▼]

Drop behaviour during impact affects retention. The increase of adhesion is usually seen as the objective when applying crop protection products, while bouncing and shattering are seen as detrimental to spray retention. However, observation of drop impacts on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) using high speed shadowgraphy shows that bouncing and fragmentation can occur in Cassie-Baxter as well as in Wenzel wetting regimes. In this last regime, a part of the drop may remain stuck on the surface, contributing to retention. Using simultaneous measurements of drop impacts with high speed imaging and of retention with fluorophotometry for spray mixtures on excised barley leaves using a Teejet 11003 nozzle at 0.2 MPa, it is observed that about 50% of the drops that fragmented in the Wenzel state remain on the horizontal leaf. Depending on the spray mixture, these impact outcomes accounted for 28 to 46% of retention, the higher contribution being correlated with bigger VMD (Volume Median Diameter). This contribution is not negligible and should be considered when modelling spray retention processes. [less ▲]

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See detailAgricultural spray measurement by high-speed shadow imagery
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2014, January 10)

Spray characteristics determine treatment performance and environmental contamination. Shadowgraphy associated with high-speed imaging presents an attractive option for measuring drop velocity and size ... [more ▼]

Spray characteristics determine treatment performance and environmental contamination. Shadowgraphy associated with high-speed imaging presents an attractive option for measuring drop velocity and size simultaneously. This study presents an overview of the contrast problems occurring when using backlighted images and proposes appropriate solutions for reliable and quality measurements. Drop diameter measurement is based on the area inside the sub-pixel contour assuming a circular shape. Drop velocity is determined by tracking a drop on two successive images taking into account the drop size, speed limits and the general flow direction. Then, the drop size distribution is corrected taking in account the sampling rate of each drop. Finally, a comparison between PDA and shadowgraphy measurements realized simultaneously on the same spray location is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray retention assment combining high-speed shadow imagery and fluorescence techniques
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in International Advances in Pesticide Application: Aspects of Applied Biology 122, 2014 (2014, January 08)

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and ... [more ▼]

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and fragmentation are usually seen as detrimental to spray retention. However, observation of droplet impacts on barley using high speed imaging showed that fragmentation impact outcome can occur in two different wetting regimes: Cassie-Baxter or Wenzel’s regime. In the latter, a fraction of the droplet is anchored in the surface roughness, what contributes to retention. Three mixtures were sprayed on excised barley leaves with an 11003 flat-fan nozzle operating at 0.2 MPa. Simultaneous measurements were performed using high speed imaging for droplet impact characterisation. A fluorescent tracer was added to the spray mixture for retention assessment. Retention was related to impact type considering the fraction of the droplet remaining on the leaf surface after a droplet splashing occurring in Wenzel’s wetting regime. This fraction varied from 28‒46% depending on the spray mixture and was correlated to the Volume Median Diameter DV0.5 of the impacting droplets. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of surface orientation on spray retention
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Precision Agriculture (2014)

Research in precision spraying investigates the means to reduce the amount of herbicide applied by directing droplets more accurately towards the weeds. The trend in the development of spot spraying ... [more ▼]

Research in precision spraying investigates the means to reduce the amount of herbicide applied by directing droplets more accurately towards the weeds. The trend in the development of spot spraying equipment is an increase of the spatial resolution and new actuators that are able to target very small areas. However, there is a lack of methods for assigning rates of herbicides relating target to optimal droplet features. A wide range of droplet impact angles occurs during the spray application process because of droplet trajectories and the variability of leaf orientation. In this study, laboratory experiments were conducted to highlight the effect of surface orientation on droplet impact outcomes (adhesion, rebound or splashing) on two very difficult-to-wet surfaces: an artificial surface with a regular roughness pattern and an excised black-grass leaf with an anisotropic roughness pattern. Measurements were performed for different surface orientations with a high-speed camera coupled with backlighting LED. Droplets of two formulations (distilled water and distilled water + a surfactant) were produced with a moving flat-fan hydraulic nozzle to obtain a wide range of droplet sizes and velocities, which were measured by image analysis. Increasing surface angle reduces surface area available for droplet capture. Droplet impact behaviors are then modified since surface tilt induces a tangential velocity component at impact and, consequently, a reduction of the normal component. Impact modifications have also been observed due to the anisotropic roughness pattern of a black-grass leaf. The integration of droplet-surface interaction information offers a significant way to further improve the precision spraying efficiency by considering the optimal droplet size, speed and ejection angle depending on the target surface and architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of rotary atomiser to optimize retention on barley leaves while reducing driftable droplets
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg et al

in International Advances in Pesticide Application, Aspects of Applied Biology 122 (2014, January)

Controlled Droplet Application using rotary atomiser is based on an improved control of droplet size and trajectory comparatively to hydraulic nozzles. On the basis of literature, it was stated that the ... [more ▼]

Controlled Droplet Application using rotary atomiser is based on an improved control of droplet size and trajectory comparatively to hydraulic nozzles. On the basis of literature, it was stated that the use of 60° forward angled spray combined with the narrow drop size distribution of a rotary atomiser could lead to low drift and high retention on monocotyledonous and superhydrophobic weeds at early stage. A Micromax120 atomiser was tuned to emit 270 µm VMD, 60° angled forward, to increase interception by the canopy structure. A spray mixture containing a superspreader adjuvant was used to avoid drop bouncing. An increase of spray retention comparatively to a Teejet 11002 at 1.4 bars was observed, although not proved statistically significant by these preliminary trials. On the drift side, the tilted spinning disc seemed to be advantageous since droplet spectra contains a low percentage of droplets under 100 µm and presents an ejection velocity of 25 m.s-1 at 5000 RPM. The spray drift was reduced about 50%. However, these setting were not found as efficient as expected. Indeed, angled spray proved to be more sensitive to advection and turbulence, as the spray was more exposed to the airflow than for the vertical position. It appears that angling the spray and choosing a drop size spectrum with a Volume Median Diameter as big as 270 µm is not sufficient to reduce significantly this issue. Some alternatives as decreasing the emission height are possible with angled sprays but require height control that seems difficult to reach in practical situations. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l’expérimentation à la modélisation des propriétés hygrothermiques de parois isolées en paille
Louis, Arnaud ULg; Evrard, Arnaud; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Annales du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (2013)

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw ... [more ▼]

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw. Besides an overall characterization of straw properties and two types of earth plaster, a series of tests was performed to determine the hygrothermal properties of these materials: porosity, sorption curve, water vapour diffusion, capillary absorption, total water absorption, specific heat and thermal conductivity. The determination of these parameters required sometimes the implementation of unusual protocols or unreleased materials. Numerical simulations based on the properties defined in the test campaign are also presented. Results clearly point out the influence of the type of plaster and the orientation of fibres into straw bale. [less ▲]

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