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See detailSea ice and snow cover characteristics during the winter-spring transition in the Bellingshausen Sea: an overview of SIMBA 2007
Lewis, M. J.; Tison, Jean-Louis; Weissling et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part II, Topical Studies in Oceanography (2011), 58(9-10), 10191038

The Sea Ice Mass Balance in the Antarctic (SIMBA) experiment was conducted from the RVIB N.B. Palmer in September and October 2007 in the Bellingshausen Sea in an area recently experiencing considerable ... [more ▼]

The Sea Ice Mass Balance in the Antarctic (SIMBA) experiment was conducted from the RVIB N.B. Palmer in September and October 2007 in the Bellingshausen Sea in an area recently experiencing considerable changes in both climate and sea ice cover. Snow and ice properties were observed at 3 short-term stations and a 27-day drift station (Ice Station Belgica, ISB) during the winter-spring transition. Repeat measurements were performed on sea ice and snow cover at 5 ISB sites, each having different physical characteristics, with mean ice (snow) thicknesses varying from 0.6m (0.1m) to 2.3m (0.7m). Ice cores retrieved every five days from 2 sites and measured for physical, biological, and chemical properties. Three ice mass-balance buoys (IMBs) provided continuous records of snow and ice thickness and temperature. Meteorological conditions changed from warm fronts with high winds and precipitation followed by cold and calm periods through four cycles during ISB. The snow cover regulated temperature flux and controlled the physical regime in which sea ice morphology changed. Level thin ice areas had little snow accumulation and experienced greater thermal fluctuations resulting in brine salinity and volume changes, and winter maximum thermodynamic growth of ~0.6m in this region. Flooding and snow-ice formation occurred during cold spells in ice and snow of intermediate instead nearly isothermal, highly permeable ice persisted. In spring, short-lived cold air episodes did not effectively penetrate the sea ice nor overcome the effect of ocean heat flux, thus favoring net ice thinning from bottom melt over ice thickening from snow-ice growth, in all cases. These warm ice conditions were consistent with regional remote sensing observations of earlier ice breakup and a shorter sea ice season, more recently observed in the Bellingshausen Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrouver à qui parler ?
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Lettre de l'AIRDF (2011), 50

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See detailInfluence of carbon xerogel textural properties on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide
Almazán-Almazán, M. C.; López-Domingo, F. J.; Domingo-García, M. et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2011), 173(1), 19-28

X-ray microtomography coupled to image analysis has been used to study the influence of the adsorbent pore texture and the experimental conditions on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide in packed ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography coupled to image analysis has been used to study the influence of the adsorbent pore texture and the experimental conditions on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide in packed filters. By applying this imaging technique the internal axial adsorption profiles for increasing exposure times to the gas stream are analysed. This experimental technique establishes a new technology to study in situ the dynamic adsorption of volatile compounds. Resorcinol-formaldehyde based carbon xerogels have been used as adsorbents, as their pore texture can be tuned by changing the synthesis conditions. The textural characteristics of the adsorbents (surface areas and pore volumes) have been assessed by using nitrogen and carbon dioxide adsorption as well as mercury porosimetry. The methyl iodide dynamic adsorption results show that, for the same gas flow rate and CH3I inlet concentration, the adsorbed amount is highly dependent on large pore volumes. Thus, samples with almost the same micropore volumes (adsorption volumes) have different methyl iodide adsorption capacities, which are related to, the above mentioned, large pores. The influence of both the gas carrier flow rate and the methyl iodide inlet concentration on the adsorption can be explained using the so-called linear driving force model. This approach takes into account the fact that internal transport limitations are directly related to the pore texture. Moreover, the simulation of the dynamic adsorption process has allowed relating the simulated axial concentration profiles to the experimental X-ray microtomography data. [less ▲]

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See detailInventaire des archives de la Société anonyme d'Ougrée-Marihaye (1835-1955)
Delvaux, Anne-Catherine ULg

Book published by Archives générales du Royaume (2011)

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See detailMéthodologie de constitution d'une collection d'échantillons de sols en relation avec les principaux matériaux parentaux en Wallonie (Belgique méridionale)
Legrain, Xavier ULg; Renneson, Malorie ULg; Genot, Valérie ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(S2), 683-697

Over the past few years, there has been growing concern about soils and their properties, thanks to greater environmental awareness. Consequently, existing documents on soil are valuable in risk ... [more ▼]

Over the past few years, there has been growing concern about soils and their properties, thanks to greater environmental awareness. Consequently, existing documents on soil are valuable in risk assessment and for the research of well-adapted solutions. In this context, this paper reviews the main stages of soil mapping in Belgium and presents current works to valorize the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia and update associated databases. Belgium is among the first countries to be completely covered by a detailed soil map (1:20,000). The origin of the Soil Map of Belgium, its realisation between 1947 and 1991, the principles and characteristics as well as the related products are described. But since its publication, due to the increasing need of soil information and thanks to the development of geographical information systems the Walloon part of the map was digitalised between 2000 and 2003 by the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia (DSMW) Project. From this early action at regional level, a selection of immediately derived products is presented and briefly commented. However, if these products go beyond the initial objective of agricultural production increase, they do not always meet the environmental challenges nor the future legislation at European, national and regional levels. To fill this gap, the recent tasks carried out by the DMSW team are presented through a description of their methodological and technical framework. The long-term objective is to build Regional Soil Information Systems based on the use of the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia as a tool of integration, structuring and referencing of pedological information. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of municipal waste management in Belgium (Liège) for the last thirty years
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Renzoni, Roberto ULg; Digneffe, Jean-Marc et al

in SETAC Europe 17th LCA Case Studies Symposium : "Sustainable lifestyles", Budapest 28 February - 1 March 2011 (2011)

Waste is considered as a major concern of our century. Management tools were provided to help municipalities to reduce their emissions and to find the best way to valorize their waste. Life cycle ... [more ▼]

Waste is considered as a major concern of our century. Management tools were provided to help municipalities to reduce their emissions and to find the best way to valorize their waste. Life cycle assessment methodology was used jointly by the University of Liège and by Intradel, inter-municipal of the region of Liège (Belgium) to evaluate the impact of their activities and their improvement through years. [less ▲]

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See detailA test-length correction to the estimation of extreme proficiency levels
Magis, David ULg; Béland, Sébastien; Raîche, Gilles

in Applied Psychological Measurement (2011), 35

In this paper, the estimation of extremely large or extremely small proficiency levels, given the item parameters of a logistic item response model, is investigated. On the one hand, the estimation of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the estimation of extremely large or extremely small proficiency levels, given the item parameters of a logistic item response model, is investigated. On the one hand, the estimation of proficiency levels by maximum likelihood (ML), despite being asymptotically unbiased, may yield infinite estimates. On the other hand, with an appropriate prior distribution, the Bayesian approach of maximum a posteriori (MAP) yields finite estimates, but it suffers from severe estimation bias at the extremes of the proficiency scale. In a first step, we propose a simple correction to the MAP estimator in order to reduce this estimation bias. The correction factor is determined through a simulation study and depends only on the length of the test. In a second step, some additional simulations highlight that the corrected estimator behaves like the ML estimator and outperforms the standard MAP method for extremely small or extremely large abilities. Although based on the Rasch model, the method could be adapted to other logistic item response models. [less ▲]

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See detailAtouts, faiblesses et défis futurs de la filière lait et produits laitiers en Belgique
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Centre wallon de Recherches agronomiques (Ed.) Seizième Carrefour des Productions Animales "La Filière laitière bovine européenne est-elle durable ?" (2011)

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See detailModélisation numérique de l'expérience SDZ pour l'Andra
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg

Report (2011)

An in situ ventilation test (SDZ) is performed by the French national radioactive waste management agency (ANDRA) in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground research laboratory. The aim is to characterise the ... [more ▼]

An in situ ventilation test (SDZ) is performed by the French national radioactive waste management agency (ANDRA) in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground research laboratory. The aim is to characterise the effect of the desaturation and possible resaturation of the damaged zone located around an experimental gallery due to controlled ventilation imposed in this gallery. Hydro and hydro-mechanical numerical modellings are realised in order to acquire a better understanding of clayey rock behaviour and transfers occurring during the test. [less ▲]

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See detailThe prosody of non-native speech
Rasier, Laurent ULg

Scientific conference (2011)

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See detailRate of Malignancies and Infections in a Large Single Center Cohort of IBD Patients Treated With Thiopurines and Anti-TNF-Antibodies.
Ochsenkühn, T; Steinborn, A; Beigel, F et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2011)

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See detailEffective Production of the Biodiesel Additive STBE by a Continuous Flow Process
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Winter, Marc; Chevalier, Bérengère et al

in Bioresource Technology (2011), 102

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See detailInventaire des archives de la Compagnie générale des Conduites d'Eau (1865-1965)
Delvaux, Anne-Catherine ULg

Book published by Archives générales du Royaume (2011)

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See detailModeling post-combustion CO2 capture with amine solvents
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg

in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (2011), 29

Carbon capture and storage is a technology that can contribute to face the challenge of rising energy demand combined with a growing environmental awareness. In the present work, the CO2 capture process ... [more ▼]

Carbon capture and storage is a technology that can contribute to face the challenge of rising energy demand combined with a growing environmental awareness. In the present work, the CO2 capture process with monoethanolamine (MEA) is modeled using the simulation tool Aspen Plus. Two different modeling approaches are studied and compared: the equilibrium and the rate-based approaches. An optimization of key process parameters is performed and process modifications are studied with the objective of improving the global process energy efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive modelling of the combined effect of temperature and water activity (aw) on the in vitro growth of Erwinia spp infecting potato tubers in Belgium
Moh, Augustin; Massart, Sébastien ULg; Lahlali, Rachid et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(3), 378-386

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See detailEntre parc et muséum: unité et diversité des musées de science et technique
Gob, André ULg

in Chaumier, Serge (Ed.) Expoland : Ce que le parc fait au musée : ambivalence des formes de l'exposition (2011)

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See detailVoice related complaints in the pediatric population
Verduyckt, Ingrid; Remacle, Marc; Jamart, Jacques et al

in Journal of Voice (2011), 25(3), 373-380

Subjective evaluation of the voice by the patient is routinely assessed in the adult dysphonic population; this Q6 is, however, not the case in the pediatric population. There were three objectives of ... [more ▼]

Subjective evaluation of the voice by the patient is routinely assessed in the adult dysphonic population; this Q6 is, however, not the case in the pediatric population. There were three objectives of this study: the first goal was to study the ability of children aged 5–13 years to express themselves about physical, emotional, and sociofunctional aspects of their voice. The second goal was to explore if specific voice-related complaints were expressed by dysphonic children as compared with normophonic children. The third goal was to compare the dysphonic children’s voice-related complaints with those of their mothers. The overall objective was to set the grounds for the elaboration of a standardized questionnaire in French concerning subjective evaluation of voice in children. Twenty-five dysphonic children with vocal complaint (15 nodules, one polyp, one microweb, eight unspecified) and 55 normophonic children aged 5–13 years were interviewed. The interviews were semistructured based on a canvas of voice-related questions. The dysphonic children’s mothers were interviewed with the mean of a written questionnaire and were invited to discuss their answers orally with the examiner. The results were analyzed ualitatively and statistically.AChi-square test and the Fisher’s test were used to analyze the differences between the complaints expressed by the dysphonic and the normophonic children, and a binomial test was used to compare the children’s answers with their mothers’ answers. The qualitative analysis of the interviews suggests that children are capable of reflecting over their ownvoice and of giving autonomous information about different aspects of their voice. It also appeared that voice is a complex phenomenon and that it needs to be clearly and cautiously defined to the children.We identified 27 different complaints related to the voice, out of which 17 were significantly more expressed by dysphonic than by normophonic children (P < 0.05). Three of the 27 identified complaints show significant discordances between the mothers and the dysphonic children. The results suggest that children are capable of making a subjective and autonomous evaluation of their voice and that dysphonic children experience significantly more voicerelated discomfort than nondysphonic children. The complaints expressed by the dysphonic children and their mothers are not all in concordance. The main conclusion is that a standardized subjective evaluation of the voice, not only by the parents but also by the child itself, would be relevant in the assessment of pediatric dysphonia. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a Chitosan Nanofibrillar Scaffold for Skin Repair and Regeneration.
Tchemtchoua Tateu, Victor ULg; Atanasova, G.; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

in Biomacromolecules (2011), 12

The final goal of the present study was the development of a 3-D chitosan dressing that would shorten the healing time of skin wounds by stimulating migration, invasion, and proliferation of the relevant ... [more ▼]

The final goal of the present study was the development of a 3-D chitosan dressing that would shorten the healing time of skin wounds by stimulating migration, invasion, and proliferation of the relevant cutaneous resident cells. Three-dimensional chitosan nanofibrillar scaffolds produced by electrospinning were compared with evaporated films and freeze-dried sponges for their biological properties. The nanofibrillar structure strongly improved cell adhesion and proliferation in vitro. When implanted in mice, the nanofibrillar scaffold was colonized by mesenchymal cells and blood vessels. Accumulation of collagen fibrils was also observed. In contrast, sponges induced a foreign body granuloma. When used as a dressing covering full-thickness skin wounds in mice, chitosan nanofibrils induced a faster regeneration of both the epidermis and dermis compartments. Altogether our data illustrate the critical importance of the nanofibrillar structure of chitosan devices for their full biocompatibility and demonstrate the significant beneficial effect of chitosan as a wound-healing biomaterial. [less ▲]

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