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See detailA contribution to the audit of an air-conditioning system: modeling, simulation and benchmarking
Adam, Christophe; Andre, Philippe ULg; Hannay, Cleide et al

(2006, December)

This paper intends to show how benchmarks can help in the audit of a HVAC system and how these benchmarks can be generated. The work presented is part of the European “AUDITAC” project. How can an auditor ... [more ▼]

This paper intends to show how benchmarks can help in the audit of a HVAC system and how these benchmarks can be generated. The work presented is part of the European “AUDITAC” project. How can an auditor declare that a given HVAC is “consuming too much”? He can’t make any judgment, if not having some reference, i.e. some “benchmarks” available. Focus is given here to cooling regime, but even then, heating cannot be forgotten (for example, the remaining heating demand can be satisfied thanks some recovery on the condensers of the chillers). The dramatic question is: what should be the consumption(s) for such a building, in such a climate, with such occupancy, such internal loads and such actual indoor environment? Better than to look for a (very hypothetical) global weather index, similar to heating degree-days, it seems more rational to run a simulation model on a few thousands of hours, corresponding to one (or to several) cooling season(s). Current performances of simulation tools make this approach very expedient. The climate can then be considered as it is, without any simplification. The main simplification is still welcome on the system (building + HVAC) side, in order to get calculation robustness, easy understanding and easy parameter identification. In this perspective, the building has to be subdivided in a very limited number of zones and only a few components of the HVAC system have to be included in the simulation model, with as simple as possible control strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailAn exceptional specimen of the early land plant Cooksonia paranensis, and a hypothesis on the life cycle of the earliest eutracheophytes
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Dilcher, D. L.; Bergamaschi, S. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2006), 142(3-4), 123-130

An exceptionally large specimen of the early land plant Cooksonia paranensis Gerrienne et al. has been discovered from the type locality (Jackson de Figueiredo, Parana Basin, Brazil; early Lochkovian ... [more ▼]

An exceptionally large specimen of the early land plant Cooksonia paranensis Gerrienne et al. has been discovered from the type locality (Jackson de Figueiredo, Parana Basin, Brazil; early Lochkovian, Early Devonian). This nearly complete specimen consists of five dichotomous axes attached at their base to a small thalloid(?) structure. Each terminal axis segment ends in an expanded, cup-like, empty tip. Three interpretations of the specimen are proposed. (1) The whole specimen is a gametophyte of the Sciadopkyton-type, with a central area from which five axes depart; under this interpretation, the terminal cups are gametangiophores. (2) The basal structure represents the remains of a rhizome bearing five upright aerial axes, in which case the whole plant is a sporophyte. (3; our favoured hypothesis) The specimen is a cluster of five individual sporophytes still attached to the remains of a small female or bisexual gametophyte. In the latter case, this fossil is evidence that reduced thalloid gametophytes and branched axial sporophytes are plesiomorphic among the earliest eutracheophytes. We suggest that a major difference in life cycle defines a basal dichotomy in tracheophytes. Eutracheophyta, including all living vascular plants, have a heteromorphic, sporophyte dominant alternation of generations, whereas their extinct sister-group Rhymopsida (renamed here Paratracheophyta) is characterised by a more or less isomorphic alternations of generations. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom model validation to production of reference simulations: how to increase reliability and applicability of building and HVAC simulation models
Adam, Christophe; Andre, Philippe ULg; Georges, Bernard ULg et al

(2006, December)

Validation of simulation models appears from a long time as a key issue in order to promote a more intensive and more efficient use of simulation models in the field of building and HVAC simulation. IEA ... [more ▼]

Validation of simulation models appears from a long time as a key issue in order to promote a more intensive and more efficient use of simulation models in the field of building and HVAC simulation. IEA Annex 34/43 originally targeted a number of specific applications where a more advanced validation was required: ground coupling problems, multizone building, shading, day lighting and cooling load interaction, HVAC components and ventilated facades. These validation exercises were built on the large methodological experience obtained in previous projects and address sometimes very fundamental problems of heat transfer in buildings. Consulting engineers and practitioners might see these exercises as a bit too far from their objectives and it is the reason why an additional activity was proposed with the specific aim of producing, based upon the results of the validation of models, a set of reference simulations. These applications cover a range of building types (residential, commercial) and systems (production, distribution emission) and run in a variety of climates. The paper will describe how models dedicated to these applications were developed, starting from validation results, going through the selection and consolidation of simulation hypothesises and ending with a number that might be considered as reference for the concerned applications. The paper will concentrate on models required by a residential building application (multizone building equipped with a heat pump or a condensing boiler). Simulations make use of both EES and TRNSYS software and both software are applied in parallel as far as possible in the different applications in order to get a better judgment of their potential advantages and drawbacks. The use of reference simulations in view of qualifying normative methods currently in development in the frame of the European Energy Performance in Buildings Directive is also addressed and demonstrated in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of 2D and 3D vision on performance of novice subjects using da Vinci robotic system
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Gaudissart, Quentin; Cadière, Guy-Bernard et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2006), 106(6), 662-664

Purpose of the study : The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of 3D and 2D vision on performance of novice subjects using da Vinci robotic system. Methods : 224 nurses without any surgical ... [more ▼]

Purpose of the study : The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of 3D and 2D vision on performance of novice subjects using da Vinci robotic system. Methods : 224 nurses without any surgical experience were divided into two groups and executed a motor task with the robotic system in 2D for one group and with the robotic system in 3D for the other group. Time to perform the task was recorded. Results : Our data showed significant better time performance in 3D view (24.67 +/- 11.2) than in 2D view (40.26 +/- 17.49, P < 0.001). Conclusions : Our findings emphasized the advantage of 3D vision over 2D view in performing surgical task, encouraging the development of efficient and less expensive 3D systems in order to improve the accuracy of surgical gesture, the resident training and the operating time. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling and simulation of an air conditioning chilled water system
Lebrun, Jean ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Teodorese, Ion

(2006, December)

This paper is giving an overview of problems encountered and solutions available for the simulation of an air conditioning system. Focus is given on the chilling water subsystem (from the chiller to the ... [more ▼]

This paper is giving an overview of problems encountered and solutions available for the simulation of an air conditioning system. Focus is given on the chilling water subsystem (from the chiller to the cooling coil). Main component simulation models (chillers, pumps, piping, valves, cooling coils and fans) are presented; they are tuned on manufacturer’s catalogue data. The way of integrating these models into a global HVAC system simulation is illustrated thanks to one example: the simulation of (a part of) a real chilled water loop, which is submitted to an exhaustive monitoring. Cooling demands and corresponding energy consumptions are systematically simulated and measured on one-minute time basis. This provides the opportunity for a global checking of the simulation by comparing simulated and measured cooling coil outputs. Further work should also include comparisons on chiller consumptions. [less ▲]

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See detailQuestions de didactique du français langue seconde (cycle de conf.)
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2006, December)

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See detailA numerical comparison of control strategies applied to an existing ice storage system
Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Energy Conversion and Management (2006), 47(20), 3619-3631

While ice storage systems are designed according to a defined strategy for warm day loads, it is interesting to consider other conventional control strategies for mid-season day loads. Three different ... [more ▼]

While ice storage systems are designed according to a defined strategy for warm day loads, it is interesting to consider other conventional control strategies for mid-season day loads. Three different charging-discharging control strategies are applied to an existing cooling plant and compared in terms of operating costs and energy consumption. A cooling plant model is built. A time stage equal to 15 min is considered to simulate numerically a whole charging-discharging process and compare the different control strategies. These simulations take into account existing technical constraints and set points. EES software is used. The operating costs of the cooling plant are evaluated by taking into account both the energy and the demand cost rate. It is shown that an ice storage system can allow savings of operating costs. However, they can increase energy consumption. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLectotypification of the Famennian pre-ovule Condrusia rumex Stockmans, 1948
Prestianni, Cyrille ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2006), 142(3-4), 161-164

Condrusia rumex Stockmans 1948 occurs in several localities of the Belgian Evieux Formation (late Famennian, Upper Devonian). It consists of a hastate organ borne at the tip of "slender, dichotomizing ... [more ▼]

Condrusia rumex Stockmans 1948 occurs in several localities of the Belgian Evieux Formation (late Famennian, Upper Devonian). It consists of a hastate organ borne at the tip of "slender, dichotomizing" axes. Various interpretations have been given to this intriguing structure, ranging from a spore-bearing organ to a fern prothallus but recent investigations consider Condrusia to be an ovulate structures produced by early seed plants. The genus Condrusia includes 3 species: C rumex Stockmans, C. minor Stockmans and C. brevis Petrosjan. C rumex was described by Stockmans in 1948, who provided a diagnosis and illustrations, but failed to designate a holotype. We are currently reinvestigating the genus and we here designate and illustrate a lectotype for the genus and species C. rumex. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre méfiance et intégration. Les germanophones dans l'armée belge (1920-1955)
Brüll, Christoph ULg

in Cahiers Belges d'Histoire Militaire (2006), 4

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See detailDeployment of an Algorithm for Large-Scale Topology Discovery
Donnet, Benoît ULg; Raoult, Philippe; Friedman, Timur et al

in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas In Communications (2006), 24(12), 2210--2220

Topology discovery systems are starting to be in- troduced in the form of easily and widely deployed software. Unfortunately, the research community has not examined the problem of how to perform such ... [more ▼]

Topology discovery systems are starting to be in- troduced in the form of easily and widely deployed software. Unfortunately, the research community has not examined the problem of how to perform such measurements efficiently and in a network-friendly manner. This paper describes several contributions towards that end. These were first presented in the proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 2005. We show that standard topology discovery methods (e.g., skitter) are quite inefficient, repeatedly probing the same interfaces. This is a concern, because when scaled up, such methods will generate so much traffic that they will begin to resemble DDoS attacks. We propose two metrics focusing on redundancy in probing and show that both are important. We also propose and evaluate Doubletree, an algorithm that strongly reduces redundancy while maintaining nearly the same level of node and link coverage. The key ideas are to exploit the tree-like structure of routes to and from a single point in order to guide when to stop probing, and to probe each path by starting near its midpoint. Following the SIGMETRICS work, we implemented Doubletree, and deployed it in a real network environment. This paper describes that implementation, as well as preliminary favorable results. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-macro mechanical modeling of bone-implant interface by means of the homogenization theory
Amor, Nadia; Van Cleynenbreugel, Tim; Geris, Liesbet ULg et al

Poster (2006, December)

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See detailSurgical treatment of thoraco-abdominal and low thoracic aneurysms of the aorta. One single center experience over ten years
El Arid, J.-M.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2006), 106(6), 669-674

This work presents the results of surgery in thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAA) and thoracic descending aortic aneurysms (TDA) in one single center between January 1rst, 1996 and December 31, 2005 ... [more ▼]

This work presents the results of surgery in thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAA) and thoracic descending aortic aneurysms (TDA) in one single center between January 1rst, 1996 and December 31, 2005. It concerns open surgery in 42 and endovascular procedures in ten patients. Forty two patients (11 TDA and 31 TAA (4 type I, 12 type II, 6 type III and 9 type IV)) define the open surgery series. Twenty six patients were operated on elective basis and 16 patients in emergency condition. Surgical correction was made under partial cardio-pulmonary bypass (PCPB) in 70% of cases via femoral vessels; most significant intercostal arteries were reimplanted and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) drainage used in half of the cases. Operative mortality was zero in the elective group (0/26) and attained 19% in the emergent group (3/16). Mortality was linked to cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) in two cases and post-pump left lung hemorrhagic intarction in one case. The paraplegia accounts 2/26 in the elective group and one in the emergent group (1/16). That is 7.1% in both groups. At the end of five years, survival is 66% in elective group and 74% in the emergency group. Ten patients (5 TDA and 5 TAA (2 type I, 3 type III)) were treated endovascularly. Operative mortality and postoperative paraplegia were nil. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh prevalence of pituitary adenomas: A cross-sectional study in the province of Liege, Belgium
Daly, Adrian ULg; Rixhon, M.; Adam, Christelle et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2006), 91(12), 4769-4775

Context: Prevalence data are important for assessing the burden of disease on the health care system; data on pituitary adenoma prevalence are very scarce. Objective: The objective of the study was to ... [more ▼]

Context: Prevalence data are important for assessing the burden of disease on the health care system; data on pituitary adenoma prevalence are very scarce. Objective: The objective of the study was to measure the prevalence of clinically relevant pituitary adenomas in a well-defined population. Design: This was a cross-sectional, intensive, case-finding study performed in three regions of the province of Liège, Belgium, to measure pituitary adenoma prevalence as of September 30, 2005. Setting: The study was conducted in specialist and general medical practitioner patient populations, referral hospitals, and investigational centers. Methods: Three demographically and geographically distinct districts of the province of Liège were delineated precisely using postal codes. Medical practitioners in these districts were recruited, and patients with pituitary adenomas under their care were identified. Diagnoses were confirmed after retrieval of clinical, hormonal, radiological, and pathological data; full demographic and therapeutic follow-up data were collected in all cases. Results: Sixty-eight patients with clinically relevant pituitary adenomas were identified in a population of 71,972 individuals; the mean (± SD) prevalence was 94 ± 19.3 cases per 100,000 population (95% confidence interval, 72.2 to 115.8). The group was 67.6% female and had a mean age at diagnosis of 40.3 yr; 42.6% had macroadenomas and 55.9% underwent surgery. Prolactinomas comprised 66% of the group, with the rest having nonsecreting tumors (14.7%), somatotropinomas (13.2%), or Cushing’s disease (5.9%); 20.6% had hypopituitarism. Conclusion: The prevalence of pituitary adenomas in the study population (one case in 1064 individuals) was more than 3.5–5 times that previously reported. This increased prevalence may have important implications when prioritizing funding for research and treatment of pituitary adenomas. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of angry and happy expressions on recognition memory for unfamiliar faces in delusion-prone individuals
Laroi, Frank ULg; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (2006), 37(4), 271-282

Numerous studies suggest a cognitive bias for threat-related material in delusional ideation. However, few studies have examined this bias using a memory task. We investigated the influence of delusion ... [more ▼]

Numerous studies suggest a cognitive bias for threat-related material in delusional ideation. However, few studies have examined this bias using a memory task. We investigated the influence of delusion-proneness on identity and expression memory for angry and happy faces. Participants high and low in delusion-proneness were presented with happy and angry faces and were later asked to recognise the same faces displaying a neutral expression. They also had to remember what the initial expressions of the faces had been. Remember/know/guess judgments were asked for both identity and expression memory. Results showed that delusion-prone participants better recognised the identity of angry faces compared to non-delusional participants. Also, this difference between the two groups was mainly due to a greater number of remember responses in delusion-prone participants. These findings extend previous studies by showing that delusions are associated with a memory bias for threat-related stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of trophic relationships between symbiotic tropical ophiuroids using C and N stable isotope analysis
Fourgon, Didier; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Eeckhaut, Igor

in Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (2006), 86(6), 1443-1447

Analyses of the natural abundance of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes were performed to investigate the feeding habits of two ophiurolds, Ophiomastix venosa and Ophiocoma scolopendrina, and to assess ... [more ▼]

Analyses of the natural abundance of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes were performed to investigate the feeding habits of two ophiurolds, Ophiomastix venosa and Ophiocoma scolopendrina, and to assess the potential benefit obtained by the symbiotic Ophiomastix venosa juveniles. A tracer experiment was also carried Out to clarify the contribution of algae to the nitrogen uptake amongst the tested ophiurolds. Our results suggest that Ophiocoma scolopendrina adults occupy a higher position in the food web than Ophiomastix venosa and mainly feed on neuston. In contrast, O. venosa adults feed on the alga Sargassum densifolium, and on organic matter associated with sediment. Free juveniles and symbiotic juveniles of O. venosa have intermediate PC values between both adult species. The high proportion of C-13 in the symbiotic juveniles compared to the one in their conspecific adults indicates that their diet slightly differs from the latter and is closer to that of Ophiocoma scolopendrina. This raises the hypothesis that symbiotic juveniles steal neuston front their associated host, O. scolopendrina. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental tests for the Babu-Zee two-loop model of Majorana neutrino masses
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg; Hirsch, M.

in Journal of High Energy Physics [=JHEP] (2006), 0612

The smallness of the observed neutrino masses might have a radiative origin. Here we revisit a specific two-loop model of neutrino mass, independently proposed by Babu and Zee. We point out that current ... [more ▼]

The smallness of the observed neutrino masses might have a radiative origin. Here we revisit a specific two-loop model of neutrino mass, independently proposed by Babu and Zee. We point out that current constraints from neutrino data can be used to derive strict lower limits on the branching ratio of flavour changing charged lepton decays, such as μ→eγ. Non-observation of Br(μ→eγ) at the level of 10^(−13) would rule out singly charged scalar masses smaller than 590 GeV (5.04 TeV) in case of normal (inverse) neutrino mass hierarchy. Conversely, decay branching ratios of the non-standard scalars of the model can be fixed by the measured neutrino angles (and mass scale). Thus, if the scalars of the model are light enough to be produced at the LHC or ILC, measuring their decay properties would serve as a direct test of the model as the origin of neutrino masses. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport 2 projet FIRST DEI IMOBIOSE
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

Report (2006)

Le projet FIRST DEI IMOBIOSE est financé par la région wallonne et en partenariat avec la société Meurens Natural. Ce projet a pour but de produire des sirops d’isomaltooligosaccharides prébiotiques à ... [more ▼]

Le projet FIRST DEI IMOBIOSE est financé par la région wallonne et en partenariat avec la société Meurens Natural. Ce projet a pour but de produire des sirops d’isomaltooligosaccharides prébiotiques à partir de sirops de céréales et ce dans le respect du cahier des charges biologique, mais également de les caractériser d’un point de vue de leur composition et de leurs effets sur la santé. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and molecular characterization of planktonic cyanobacteria from Belgium and Luxembourg
Willame, R.; Boutte, C.; Grubisic, Stana ULg et al

in Journal of Phycology (2006), 42(6), 1312-1332

For the first time in Belgium and Luxembourg, the diversity and taxonomy of 95 cyanobacterial strains isolated from freshwater blooms were assessed by the comparison of phenotypes and partial 16S rRNA ... [more ▼]

For the first time in Belgium and Luxembourg, the diversity and taxonomy of 95 cyanobacterial strains isolated from freshwater blooms were assessed by the comparison of phenotypes and partial 16S rRNA gene sequences. The results showed the high diversity of nanoplanktonic, picoplanktonic, and benthic-periphytic cyanobacteria accompanying the main bloom-forming taxa. Indeed, besides 15 morphotypes of bloom-forming taxa, seven non-bloom-forming planktonic morphotypes and 11 morphotypes from benthic-periphytic taxa were isolated in culture from the plankton samples of 35 water bodies. The bloom-forming strains belonged to the genera Microcystis, Woronichinia, Planktothrix, Anabaena, and Aphanizomenon, whereas the other strains isolated from the same samples were assigned to the nanoplanktonic Aphanocapsa, Aphanothece, Snowella, and Pseudanabaena; to the picoplanktonic Cyanobium; and to the benthic periphytic Geitlerinema, Komvophoron, Leptolyngbya, Lyngbya, Phormidium, Calothrix, Nostoc, and Trichormus. The results supported both the polyphyletism of genera such as Aphanocapsa, Aphanothece, Leptolyngbya, Geitlerinema, Anabaena, and Aphanizomenon as well as the validity of genera such as Microcystis, Planktothrix, and Pseudanabaena with gas vesicles and cells constricted at the cross wall. The results obtained showed the close relationship between Snowella and Woronichinia for which very few sequences exist. The first sequence of Komvophoron appeared poorly related to other available cyanobacterial sequences. Although in a few cases a good agreement existed between phenotypic and genotypic features, there was generally a discrepancy. Strains with identical morphotypes show small differences in the 16S rRNA sequences, which might be related to the different chemical properties of their habitats. The results showed the importance of the polyphasic approach in order to improve the taxonomy of cyanobacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomates et vérification
Wolper, Pierre ULg

in Encyclopédie de l'informatique et des systèmes d'information (2006)

La vérification de programmes consiste à analyser les comportements possibles de programmes en vue de déterminer s’ils seront toujours conformes à ce qui est attendu. Pour ce faire, les caractéristiques ... [more ▼]

La vérification de programmes consiste à analyser les comportements possibles de programmes en vue de déterminer s’ils seront toujours conformes à ce qui est attendu. Pour ce faire, les caractéristiques souhaitées des comportements sont exprimées formellement et confrontées, par des techniques mathématiques rigoureuses, à l’ensemble des comportements du programme à analyser. Dans ce contexte, les automates jouent un triple rôle. Tout d’abord, ils sont fréquemment utilisés en tant que langage de programmation simplifié pour décrire les programmes à analyser. Ensuite, ils servent de formalisme de description de propriétés de comportements, soit directement, soit par traduction à partir d’un langage logique. Finalement, ils s’avèrent très utiles en tant que formalisme de description d’ensembles infinis de valeurs. [less ▲]

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