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See detailMaterials for advanced power engineering 2006 : Proceedings of the 8th Liège conference
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Carton, Marc ULg; Schubert, F. et al

Book published by Schriften des Forschungszentrum Julich, Reihe energietechnik/Energy Technology Forschungszentrum Julich (2006)

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See detailActivités économiques et intérêt local : mesure des flux et identifications des localisations optimales
Bastin, A.; Fontaine, P.; Istaz, D. et al

Report (2006)

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See detailOn the application and interpretation of Keeling plots in paleo climate research - Deciphering δ 13C of atmospheric CO 2 measured in ice cores
Köhler, Peter; Fischer, Hubertus; Schmitt, Jochen et al

in Biogeosciences (2006), 3(4), 539-556

The Keeling plot analysis is an interpretation method widely used in terrestrial carbon cycle research to quantify exchange processes of carbon between terrestrial reservoirs and the atmosphere. Here, we ... [more ▼]

The Keeling plot analysis is an interpretation method widely used in terrestrial carbon cycle research to quantify exchange processes of carbon between terrestrial reservoirs and the atmosphere. Here, we analyse measured data sets and artificial time series of the partial pressure of atmospheric carbon dioxide (pCO(2)) and of delta C-13 of CO2 over industrial and glacial/interglacial time scales and investigate to what extent the Keeling plot methodology can be applied to longer time scales. The artificial time series are simulation results of the global carbon cycle box model BICYCLE. The signals recorded in ice cores caused by abrupt terrestrial carbon uptake or release loose information due to air mixing in the firn before bubble enclosure and limited sampling frequency. Carbon uptake by the ocean cannot longer be neglected for less abrupt changes as occurring during glacial cycles. We introduce an equation for the calculation of long-term changes in the isotopic signature of atmospheric CO2 caused by an injection of terrestrial carbon to the atmosphere, in which the ocean is introduced as third reservoir. This is a paleo extension of the two reservoir mass balance equations of the Keeling plot approach. It gives an explanation for the bias between the isotopic signature of the terrestrial release and the signature deduced with the Keeling plot approach for long-term processes, in which the oceanic reservoir cannot be neglected. These deduced isotopic signatures are similar (-8.6 parts per thousand) for steady state analyses of long-term changes in the terrestrial and marine biosphere which both perturb the atmospheric carbon reservoir. They are more positive than the delta C-13 signals of the sources, e.g. the terrestrial carbon pools themselves (similar to -25 parts per thousand). A distinction of specific processes acting on the global carbon cycle from the Keeling plot approach is not straightforward. In general, processes related to biogenic fixation or release of carbon have lower y-intercepts in the Keeling plot than changes in physical processes, however in many case they are indistinguishable (e.g. ocean circulation from biogenic carbon fixation). [less ▲]

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See detailVenus' ultraviolet airglow and aurora: Monte Carlo simulations and comparison with observations
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, V. I.; Bisikalo, D. V. et al

in European Planetary Science Congress 2006 (2006)

The Venus airglow has been observed from spectrometers on board rockets probes and satellites such as OUVS on Pioneer Venus Venera Galileo HUT on the Space Shuttle and quite recently SPICAV on Venus ... [more ▼]

The Venus airglow has been observed from spectrometers on board rockets probes and satellites such as OUVS on Pioneer Venus Venera Galileo HUT on the Space Shuttle and quite recently SPICAV on Venus Express The spectrum is dominated by emissions from helium hydrogen oxygen and carbon lines and CO bands Localized emissions of OI at 1304 and 1356 A have been sporadically observed on the nightside and are likely caused by precipitation of auroral electrons in the wake of the planet We have developed a Monte Carlo code solving the Boltzmann equation for energetic electrons to calculate the energy distribution function and fluxes of primary and secondary auroral electrons and for photoelectrons The model is used to calculate the vertical distribution of the excitation rate of various excited states For optically thick transitions such as the 3P-3S triplet at 1304 A a radiative transfert code is used to calculate the emergent emission rate We find that the relative intensity of the oxygen and CO Cameron band emissions is a sensitive indicator of the energy of auroral electrons The observed values indicate that the mean energy is on the order of 10-50 eV Dayglow intensity and distributions are also compared with observed characteristics [less ▲]

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See detailEEG imaging methods applied to brain-computer interface
Noirhomme, Quentin ULg; Macq, B.

in Proceedings of SPIE Medical Imaging 2006 (2006)

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See detailNonaqueous capillary electrophoresis method for the enantiomeric purity determination of S-timolol using heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-sulfo)-beta-cyclodextrin: validation using the accuracy profile strategy and estimation of uncertainty.
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2006), 1120(1-2), 102-11

Nonaqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) was successfully applied to the enantiomeric purity determination of S-timolol maleate using heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-sulfo)-beta-cyclodextrin (HDMS-beta-CD ... [more ▼]

Nonaqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) was successfully applied to the enantiomeric purity determination of S-timolol maleate using heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-sulfo)-beta-cyclodextrin (HDMS-beta-CD) as chiral selector. With a background electrolyte made up of a methanolic solution of 0.75 M formic acid, 30 mM potassium camphorsulfonate and containing 30 mM HDMS-beta-CD, the determination of 0.1% of R-timolol in S-timolol could be performed with an enantiomeric resolution of 8.5. Pyridoxine was selected as internal standard. The NACE method was then fully validated by applying a novel strategy using accuracy profiles. It is based on beta-expectation tolerance intervals for the total measurement error which includes trueness and intermediate precision. The uncertainty of measurements derived from beta-expectation tolerance intervals was estimated at each concentration level of the validation standards. To confirm the suitability of the developed and validated method, several real samples of S-timolol maleate containing R-timolol maleate at different concentrations were analysed and the results were compared to those obtained by liquid chromatography. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Effects of Dietary N-3 and Antioxidant Supplementation on Erythrocyte Membrane Fatty Acid Composition and Fluidity in Exercising Horses
Portier, Karine; de Moffarts, Brieuc; Fellman, Nicole et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (2006), 36

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Fatty acid supplementation could modulate erythrocyte membrane fluidity in horses at rest and during exercise, but information is lacking on the effect of exercise ... [more ▼]

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Fatty acid supplementation could modulate erythrocyte membrane fluidity in horses at rest and during exercise, but information is lacking on the effect of exercise. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of exercise with, and without, an oral antioxidant supplementation enriched with n-3 fatty acids on erythrocyte membrane fluidity (EMF) and fatty acid composition in eventing horses. METHODS: Twelve healthy and regularly trained horses were divided randomly into 2 groups: group S received an oral antioxidant cocktail enriched in n-3 fatty acid (alphatocopherol, eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) whereas group P was placebo-treated. At the end of 4 weeks, all horses performed a standardised exercise test (ET) under field conditions. Venous blood was sampled before starting treatment (TO), immediately before (T1) as well as 15 min (T2) and 24 h (T3) after ET. Spin labelled (16-DOXYL-stearic acid) red blood cell membranes were characterised using the relaxation correlation time (Tc in inverse proportion to EMF). Fatty acid composition (%) of the membrane was determined by gas-liquid chromatography. RESULTS: Supplementation did not induce changes in EMF (T1 vs. TO) but significant changes in membrane composition were observed and there were increases in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid PUFA, n-3/n-6 ratio, and total n-3 fatty acids. Exercise (T2 vs. T1) induced a significant decrease of EMF in group P (Tc: +19%, P<0.05) and nonsignificant decrease in group S (Tc: +5%), whereas membrane fatty acid composition did not change in either group. During the recovery period (T3 vs. T2), EMF decreased significantly in group S (Tc: +29%, P<0.05) and nonsignificantly in group P (Tc: +18%) without any significant changes in fatty acid composition. CONCLUSION AND POTENTIAL RELEVANCE: An enriched oral antioxidant supplementation induced changes in membrane composition, which modulated the decrease in EMF induced by exercise. Long chain n-3 fatty acid supplementation might therefore be beneficial. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of coupled poromechanics processes
Charlier, Robert ULg; Laloui, Liesse; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in Revue Européenne de Génie Civil (2006), 10(6-7), 669-702

This paper is the basis for a course dedicated to geomechanics for energy production. A number of different coupling are discussed, with respectively the fluid flow (saturated and unsaturated) and the ... [more ▼]

This paper is the basis for a course dedicated to geomechanics for energy production. A number of different coupling are discussed, with respectively the fluid flow (saturated and unsaturated) and the thermal transfers in deformable porous media. Eventually some aspects on the numerical modelling with the finite element method are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFast multipole accelerated finite element-boundary element analysis of shielded induction heaters
V Sabariego, Ruth ULg; Sergeant, Peter; Gyselinck, Johan et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2006), 42(4), 1407-1410

This paper deals with the analysis of a shielded induction heater by means of a fast multipole accelerated hybrid finite-element boundary-element model. It concerns an experimental setup with passive and ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the analysis of a shielded induction heater by means of a fast multipole accelerated hybrid finite-element boundary-element model. It concerns an experimental setup with passive and active shielding for mitigating the stray field in the surrounding area. Numerical results of the magnetodynamic model are compared with measurements. Further, various aspects of the numerical scheme are discussed and its efficiency is evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailA preliminary study of serum haptoglobin in bovine fetal blood.
Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Boutet et al

in Proceedings of the 6th European Colloquium on Acute Phase Proteins (2006)

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See detailFrom an architectural sketch to feasible structural systems
Mora, Rodrigo; Juchmes, Roland ULg; Rivard, Hugues et al

in Gero, John, S.; Goel, Ashok K. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2006)

The goal of this research is to propose an integrated approach to incorporate structural engineering concerns into architectural schematic designs for timely and well-informed decision making. This is ... [more ▼]

The goal of this research is to propose an integrated approach to incorporate structural engineering concerns into architectural schematic designs for timely and well-informed decision making. This is done through a platform that is based on two software prototypes, EsQUIsE for capturing and interpreting architectural sketches, and StAr for assisting engineers during conceptual structural design. An integrated information model is provided for communication. Given the dissimilar “quality” of the information managed by both prototypes, sketch interpretation mechanisms are also required to “tune-up” communications for bringing the sketch to a precise structural engineering definition. As a result, the engineer can propose feasible structural systems earlier than usual. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase concentration in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from healthy horses and those with recurrent airway obstruction
Art, Tatiana ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (2006), 70(4), 291-296

The aim of this work was to measure the myeloperoxidase (MPO) concentration in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid collected from horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), both in crisis and in ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to measure the myeloperoxidase (MPO) concentration in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid collected from horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), both in crisis and in remission, as well as from healthy horses. Seven horses with RAO were exposed to moldy hay until the maximum change in pleural pressure was greater than 1.5 kPa. At that point, BAL was performed, and the total cell counts and percentages in the fluid were immediately determined. To measure the MPO concentration in BAL-fluid supernatant, we used a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with polyclonal antibodies against equine MPO. The tests were repeated on the horses with RAO after they had spent 2 mo on pasture. Six healthy horses serving as controls underwent the same tests. The absolute and relative neutrophil counts and the MPO concentration in the BAL fluid were significantly greater in the horses with an RAO crisis than in the control horses. After 2 mo on pasture, the horses that had been in RAO crisis were clinically normal, and their neutrophil counts and MPO levels in BAL fluid had significantly decreased; during remission their neutrophil counts were not significantly different from those in the healthy horses, but their MPO concentration remained significantly higher. This study showed that determining the MPO concentration in a horse's BAL fluid is technically possible and that during remission from RAO the concentration remains higher than normal. Thus, MPO may be a marker of neutrophil presence and activation in the lower airways. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrosion behaviour of different hot rolled steels
Perez, F. J.; Martinez, L.; Hierro, M. P. et al

in Corrosion Science (2006), 48(2), 472-480

The oxidation-corrosion behaviour of hot rolled alloys was examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The corrosion behaviour of the non-oxidised alloys was first determined in order to have a ... [more ▼]

The oxidation-corrosion behaviour of hot rolled alloys was examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The corrosion behaviour of the non-oxidised alloys was first determined in order to have a reference behaviour. Then, each alloy was oxidised for 1 and 3 days at 650 degrees C in air and its corrosion behaviour was also determined. For all the alloys, Fe2O3 was formed at the scale-gas interface. However, the Fe2O3 crystallographic structures varied as a function of the alloy composition. Differences in the corrosion behaviour are due to the thickness, the microstructure and the porosity of the scale. The new graphite chromium iron alloy (Hi-Cr + C) have an oxidation-corrosion behaviour close to the indefinite chill double paired (ICDP) one and is therefore thought to be a good candidate to replace the ICPD alloy. In the case of the high speed steel (HSS) alloy, the oxidation-corrosion kinetics are too slow to prevent sticking problems. The Co addition decreases the corrosion-oxidation rates for the non-oxidised and oxidised samples but this effect is limited in time. (C) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTNFa and IKKb-mediated TANK/I-TRAF phosphorylation: implications for interaction with NEMO/IKKg and NF-kB activation
Bonif, Marianne; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Close, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2006), 394

Pro-inflammatory cytokines trigger signalling cascades leading to NF-kappaB (nuclear factor-kappaB)-dependent gene expression through IKK [IkappaB (inhibitory kappaB) kinase]-dependent phosphorylation and ... [more ▼]

Pro-inflammatory cytokines trigger signalling cascades leading to NF-kappaB (nuclear factor-kappaB)-dependent gene expression through IKK [IkappaB (inhibitory kappaB) kinase]-dependent phosphorylation and subsequent degradation of the IkappaB proteins and via induced phosphorylation of p65. These signalling pathways rely on sequentially activated kinases which are assembled by essential and non-enzymatic scaffold proteins into functional complexes. Here, we show that the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNFalpha (tumour necrosis factor alpha) promotes TANK [TRAF (TNF receptor-associated factor) family member associated NF-kappaB activator] recruitment to the IKK complex via a newly characterized C-terminal zinc finger. Moreover, we show that TANK is phosphorylated by IKKbeta upon TNFalpha stimulation and that this modification negatively regulates TANK binding to NEMO (NF-kappaB essential modulator). Interestingly, reduced TANK expression by RNA interference attenuates TNFalpha-mediated induction of a subset of NF-kappaB target genes through decreased p65 transactivation potential. Therefore the scaffold protein TANK is required for the cellular response to TNFalpha by connecting upstream signalling molecules to the IKKs and p65, and its subsequent IKKbeta-mediated phosphorylation may be a mechanism to terminate the TANK-dependent wave of NF-kappaB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailCe que l'annuaire fait à Internet: Sociologie des épreuves documentaires
Lejeune, Christophe ULg

in Cahiers de la Documentation = Bladen voor Documentatie (2006), 60(3), 12-22

Internet regorge de communautés de passionnés en tous genres. C'est de l'une d'elles que traite cette contribution. Lancée en 1998. l'initiative en question regroupe des volontaires construisant un ... [more ▼]

Internet regorge de communautés de passionnés en tous genres. C'est de l'une d'elles que traite cette contribution. Lancée en 1998. l'initiative en question regroupe des volontaires construisant un annuaire de sites Internet. Bien avant le succès de Wikipédia, cette communauté est loin d'avoir laissé indifférents les géants de l'informatique puisque Netscape l'a sponsorisée depuis ses débuts et que le service d'annuaire de Google utilise sa base de données. Apparemment éloigné des bibliothèques, ce groupe de passionnés n'en est pas moins en train de réaliser le rêve de Paul Otlet, pionnier (belge) de la documentation. En effet, en collectant les adresses de sites Internet, en les répertoriant, les classant, ces personnes reproduisent, un siècle plus tard, ce qui fut le travail des premiers documentalistes. Ils se confrontent à des problèmes similaires. Ils y trouvent souvent des solutions analogues. Et, parfois, leurs solutions divergent. Après quatre années d'observation fouillée de cette communauté virtuelle, l'auteur propose une mise en perspective de cette activité classificatoire avec les usages et les outils de la documentation. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary sarcoma of an abdominal aortic aneurysm
Defawe, O.D.; Thiry, Albert ULg; Lapiere, C.M. et al

in Abdominal Imaging (2006), 31(1, Jan-Feb), 117-119

Primary tumors of the aorta are extremely rare and the diagnosis is made most often after surgery or autopsy. Because clinical symptoms of abdominal sarcoma are similar to those of occlusive or aneurysmal ... [more ▼]

Primary tumors of the aorta are extremely rare and the diagnosis is made most often after surgery or autopsy. Because clinical symptoms of abdominal sarcoma are similar to those of occlusive or aneurysmal disease, aortic sarcomas are frequently mistaken for these lesions. The imaging findings are frequently nonspecific and therefore do not allow a definitive preoperative diagnosis. We report a case of an epithelioid angiosarcoma in the vessel wall of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. [less ▲]

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