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See detailNon-destructive measurement of volume magnetic properties of large, bulk superconductors
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Dennis, T.; Shi, Y. H. et al

Conference (2012, December 07)

The development of large, single grain bulk superconductors by melt processing techniques has generated a need to characterize samples magnetically over large dimensions, exceeding typically 20 mm in ... [more ▼]

The development of large, single grain bulk superconductors by melt processing techniques has generated a need to characterize samples magnetically over large dimensions, exceeding typically 20 mm in diameter. The usual magnetic characterization gives relies on miniature Hall probe mapping and gives information about the field distribution above the sample surface. If volume properties are required (e.g. magnetization hysteresis loops), the sample needs to be cut in smaller pieces, since the DC magnetic characterization systems for measurements at cryogenic temperatures generally accommodate samples of relatively small size (typically < 5-10 mm diameter). In this work we describe how the hysteresis B(H) loops of large bulk superconducting samples exceeding 10 mm diameter can be determined using home-made sensing coils, either in liquid nitrogen or within the experimental chamber of a Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS). Magnetic properties are measured and compared to those given by several Hall probes attached to both faces of sample. The system is used successfully to measure the DC hysteresis loops of entire (RE)BCO bulk superconducting domains. A careful data acquisition and numerical integration of pick-up coil voltage enables the sweep rate of the magnetic field to be varied from 0.5 to 10 mT/s while keeping an excellent signal/noise ratio. A simple model based on demagnetizing field approach is used to emphasize how the hysteresis loops determined by this technique differ from “true” magnetization loops derived from classical magnetic moment measurements (e.g. SQUID or VSM). These differences are supported with numerical modelling of the average magnetization of the bulk sample using the Brandt method. [less ▲]

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See detailnon invasive estimation of left atrial pressure and mitral valve area waveforms during an entire cardiac cycle
Paeme, Sabine ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg et al

in proceeding of 11th national day of the National Committee on Biomedical Engineering (2012, December 07)

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See detailAnticipating Juno Observations of the Magnetosphere of Jupiter
Bunnell; Fowler; Bagenal et al

Poster (2012, December 07)

The Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 and will go into polar orbit. Juno will make the first exploration of the polar regions of Jupiter's vast magnetosphere, combining in situ particles and ... [more ▼]

The Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016 and will go into polar orbit. Juno will make the first exploration of the polar regions of Jupiter's vast magnetosphere, combining in situ particles and fields measurements with remote sensing of auroral emissions in the UV, IR and radio. The primary science period comprises ~30 orbits with 11-day periods with a~1.06Rj perijove, allowing Juno to duck under the hazardous synchrotron radiation belts. Apojove is at ~38Rj. The oblateness of the planet causes the orbit to precess with the major axis moving progressively south at about 1 degree per orbit, eventually bringing the spacecraft into the radiation belts. This orbit allows unprecedented views of the aurora and exploration of the auroral acceleration regions. We present an overview of anticipated Juno observations based on models of the Jovian magnetosphere. On approach to Jupiter and over a capture orbit that extends to ~180Rj on the dawn flank, Juno will traverse the magnetosheath, magnetopause and boundary layer regions of the magnetosphere. Due to the high plasma pressures in the magnetospheric plasmasheet the magnetosphere of Jupiter is known to vary substantially with the changes in the solar wind dynamic pressure. We use Ulysses solar wind data obtained around 5 AU to predict the conditions that Juno will observe over the several months it will spend in these boundary regions. [less ▲]

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See detailGrimm-Rezeption in Maurice Maeterlincks Drama "Pelléas et Mélisande"
Küpper, Achim ULg

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

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See detailLa porosité des frontières entre arts plastiques et bande dessinée
Paques, Frédéric ULg; Goblet, Dominique; De Vos, Yassine et al

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

Conférence-débat sur les relations entre arts plastiques et bande dessinée, et notamment sur la place de la narration dans les arts plastiques.

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See detailGermanistik in der Benelux: Kasus Belgien
Küpper, Achim ULg

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

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See detailShoulder injury prevention in sports using 3D motion capture
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; HAZEE, Amandine ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg et al

Poster (2012, December 07)

In sports, where regular and intensive training could progressively lead to traumatic situations, accurate measurement of kinematic parameters can help to predict and anticipate injuries. Overhead ... [more ▼]

In sports, where regular and intensive training could progressively lead to traumatic situations, accurate measurement of kinematic parameters can help to predict and anticipate injuries. Overhead throwing athletes may develop an increased stiffness of the shoulder capsule. The resulting diminution of the gleno-humeral range of motion is usually associated with decreased performance and injury risks. This study illustrates the detection of these situations that put the athlete at risk. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Methods for Comparing CFD Results to Experimental Measurements
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Guissart, Amandine ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in ... [more ▼]

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in order to compare the unsteady aerodynamic flows around static and oscillating bodies obtained from wind tunnel testing and numerical simulations. Two dimensional Time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry measurements are carried out on the upper surface a 4:1 rectangular cylinder. Simulations are performed using unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes and an unsteady Discrete Vortex Method. It is demonstrated that the proposed technique is a good preliminary step for comparing the main characteristics of unsteady aerodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailSoutien aux aidants des patients souffrant de la maladie d'Alzheimer: Apport de la neuropsychologie
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

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See detailBiorthogonalization Techniques for Least Squares Temporal Difference Learning
Jung, Tobias ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

Poster (2012, December 07)

We consider Markov reward processes and study OLS-LSTD, a framework for selecting basis functions from a set of candidates to obtain a sparse representation of the value function in the context of least ... [more ▼]

We consider Markov reward processes and study OLS-LSTD, a framework for selecting basis functions from a set of candidates to obtain a sparse representation of the value function in the context of least squares temporal difference learning. To support efficient both updating and downdating operations, OLS-LSTD uses a biorthogonal representation for the selected basis vectors. Empirical comparisons with the recently proposed MP and LARS frameworks for LSTD are made. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient ALE mesh management for 3D quasi-Eulerian problems
Boman, Romain ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2012), 92(10), 857-890

In computational solid mechanics, the ALE formalism can be very useful to reduce the size of finite element models of continuous forming operations such as roll forming. The mesh of these ALE models is ... [more ▼]

In computational solid mechanics, the ALE formalism can be very useful to reduce the size of finite element models of continuous forming operations such as roll forming. The mesh of these ALE models is said to be quasi-Eulerian because the nodes remain almost fixed—or almost Eulerian—in the main process direction, although they are required to move in the orthogonal plane in order to follow the lateral displacements of the solid. This paper extensively presents a complete node relocation procedure dedicated to such ALE models. The discussion focusses on quadrangular and hexahedral meshes with local refinements. The main concern of this work is the preservation of the geometrical features and the shape of the free boundaries of the mesh. With this aim in view, each type of nodes (corner, edge, surface and volume) is treated sequentially with dedicated algorithms. A special care is given to highly curved 3D surfaces for which a CPU-efficient smoothing technique is proposed. This new method relies on a spline surface reconstruction, on a very fast weighted Laplacian smoother with original weights and on a robust reprojection algorithm. The overall consistency of this mesh management procedure is finally demonstrated in two numerical applications. The first one is a 2D ALE simulation of a drawbead, which provides similar results to an equivalent Lagrangian model yet is much faster. The second application is a 3D industrial ALE model of a 16-stand roll forming line. In this case, all attempts to perform the same simulation by using the Lagrangian formalism have been unsuccessful. [less ▲]

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See detailMens immobilis. Recherches sur le corpus latin des actes et passions d'Afrique romaine (IIe-VIe siècles)
Fialon, Sabine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

This thesis focuses on a corpus of thirty hagiographical texts from Roman North Africa, dated from the second to the sixth century. None synthesis on this corpus had been made since P. Monceaux’s work in ... [more ▼]

This thesis focuses on a corpus of thirty hagiographical texts from Roman North Africa, dated from the second to the sixth century. None synthesis on this corpus had been made since P. Monceaux’s work in the early twentieth century. In the first part, all the latin texts were collected, together with a translation and an exhaustive research of the sources : for many of them I gave a new critical edition, and a new text, the long recension of the Passion of Marciana, has been discovered. This corpus is then studied from an historical point of view. The first two sections examine these texts as evidence of the christianization of Africa, through the study of the complex phenomenon of persecutions and martyrdom. The third part illustrates the multiple potentialities of hagiographic discourse, which tends to make a new Christian hero, combination of pagan hero and of the theme of Judeo-Hellenistic Just suffering. The latter addresses the corpus as evidence of the literary culture of African elites and contributes to the cultural history of North Africa and of the circulation of ideas and works. It also discusses the question of the africitas, according to the methods of the LASLA of the University of Liège, methods applied to three passions of Caesarean Mauretania. [less ▲]

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See detailLa littérature scientifique dans la formation des bioingénieurs à Gembloux. Vingt années d'évolution du concept d'Information Literacy
Pochet, Bernard ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

In the education of bioengineers at Gembloux, the concept of information literacy was chosen as a guide for information literacy education. This concept describes a set of skills that allow individuals to ... [more ▼]

In the education of bioengineers at Gembloux, the concept of information literacy was chosen as a guide for information literacy education. This concept describes a set of skills that allow individuals to recognize an information need and enable them to locate, evaluate and use information needed. The concept of information literacy has evolved over the last two decades. This essay traces, through five articles and a review of the literature on the subject, the evolution of the concept. It also presents ways to implement information literacy education with a methodological approach, starting by the identification of the need of information to solve a problem to the production of a scientific communication (a homework, a conference, a scholarly paper...). This work addresses also the question of the relative invisibility of the concept of information literacy outside information specialists such as librarians. The major objective is to demonstrate that information literacy education is going well beyond the library. The skills involved are also intellectual, social and cultural skills. They include media and new information technologies and are not limited to technical or technological skills. Information literacy has become an autonomous discipline, with specific content, evolving, to talk about a didactic. Information literacy courses held in Gembloux should be considered as tools to improve the training of bioengineers and particularly the quality of their scientific publications. [less ▲]

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See detailLes trois premiers miliards d’années d’évolution de la vie
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

Conference (2012, December 07)

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See detailYBa2Cu3O7-x thick films on silver tubes for magnetic shielding applications
Namburi, Devendra Kumar ULg; Closset, Raphaël ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

Conference (2012, December 07)

YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thick films are investigated for magnetic shielding applications at low frequencies (< 1 kHz). This requires deposition of YBCO on curved substrates such as tubes, half-tubes or even ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thick films are investigated for magnetic shielding applications at low frequencies (< 1 kHz). This requires deposition of YBCO on curved substrates such as tubes, half-tubes or even more complex shapes. Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) is an efficient method to achieve this goal: positively-charged YBCO particles suspended in a non aqueous medium drift towards the substrate, used as negative electrode for the application of the electric field. A crucial point is then to optimize the heat treatment of the as-deposited layers in order to achieve suitable superconducting properties. In the present work, we have developed a new suspension formulation in butanol, using a suitable surfactant to stabilize the suspension of YBCO powder (grain size < 2 µm). The EPD parameters (deposition voltage, deposition time, number of layers,...) have been selected to provide uniform layers of YBCO on silver substrates of various shapes. In the proposed communication, we shall discuss in detail the optimization of the heat treatments to achieve densification, peritectic recombination and oxygenation of the YBCO thick films deposited on silver. Scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive analysis was extensively used to characterize the (i) density / porosity, (ii) presence of macro-cracks, (iii) thickness uniformity, (iv) secondary phase content. We shall then present the characterization of the superconducting properties of the best films. Typically, a uniformly coated 55μm-thick YBCO film on a curved Ag substrate shows a magnetic Tc onset at 92.2 K and sharp resistive transition (< 1K). [less ▲]

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See detailPiezocision-assisted orthodontic treatment in adult patient: A case report
CHARAVET, Carole ULg; LAMBERT, France ULg; LECLOUX, Geoffrey ULg et al

Conference (2012, December 07)

The duration of orthodontic treatments in adult patient remains a barrier for some patients. The recent scientific reports describing piezocision technique involving minimally invasive corticotomies, seem ... [more ▼]

The duration of orthodontic treatments in adult patient remains a barrier for some patients. The recent scientific reports describing piezocision technique involving minimally invasive corticotomies, seem to be of interest for these particular cases. The present communication describes the clinical case of a 20-year-old patient presenting a class I bilateral, an overcrowding of front areas with the superior canine in mesio-infraclusion and a deviated lower median line. An excellent multidisciplinary approach is mandatory for the planification of such cases. Under local anesthesia, the surgical technique involves vertical minimal incision around the teeth that need to be moved. Trough the minimal incisions, 5mm vertical alveolar osteotomies are performed using ultrasonic surgical device. No suture is necessary. The orthodontic activation is applied 1 week before the surgical procedure and the patient is recalled every 15 days to activate the orthodontic appliance. In this case self-ligating brackets were used to reduce the friction. Post-operative outcomes were painless for the patient and the complete orthodontic procedure took 7 months. The overall treatment appeared to be faster than a conventional orthodontic treatment. However, even if animal studies seem to confirm the clinical feeling described in this case report, further clinical studies including randomized controlled trials are needed to validate this treatment approach. [less ▲]

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See detailLe "basileion", les reines et Actium
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Conference (2012, December 07)

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See detailHorizon Partitioning of soil CO2 sources and their Isotopic Composition (13C) in a Pinus Sylvestris
Goffin, Stéphanie ULg; Parent, Florian; Plain, Caroline et al

Poster (2012, December 07)

The overall aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of mechanisms behind soil CO2 efflux using carbon stable isotopes. Given (i) the interest of conducting in situ studies with soil ... [more ▼]

The overall aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of mechanisms behind soil CO2 efflux using carbon stable isotopes. Given (i) the interest of conducting in situ studies with soil multilayer analysis and (ii) the benefits of isotopic tool to improve mechanistic understanding, these two approaches are combined. Quantifying the origin and the determinism of 13CO2 and 12CO2 production processes in the different soil layers using the gradient-efflux approach is the main goal of this work. To meet this one, the work includes an experimental setup and a modeling approach. The experimental set up (see also communication of Parent et al., session B008) comprised a combination of different systems, which were installed in a Scot Pine temperate forest at the Hartheim site (Southwestern Germany). Measurements include (i) half hourly vertical profiles of soil CO2 concentration (using soil CO2 probes), soil water content and temperature; (ii) half hourly soil surface CO2 effluxes (automatic chambers); (iii) half hourly isotopic composition of surface CO2 efflux and soil CO2 concentration profile and (iv) estimation of soil diffusivity through laboratory measurements conducted on soil samples taken at several depths. Using the data collected in the experimental part, we developed and used a diffusive transport model to simulate CO2 (13CO2 and 12CO2) flows inside and out of the soil based on Fick’s law. Given the horizontal homogeneity of soil physical parameters in Hartheim, we treated the soil as a structure consisting of distinctive layers of 5 cm thick and expressed the fick’s first law in a discrete formalism. The diffusion coefficient used in each layer was derived from (i) horizon specific relationships, obtained from laboratory measurements, between soil relative diffusivity and its water content and (ii) the soil water content values measured in situ. The concentration profile was obtained from in situ measurements. So, the main model inputs are the profiles of (i) CO2 (13CO2 and 12CO2) concentration, (ii) soil diffusion coefficient and (iii) soil water content. Once the diffusive fluxes deduced at each layer interface, the CO2 (13CO2 and 12CO2) production profile was calculated using the (discretized) mass balance equation in each layer. The results of the Hartheim measurement campaign will be presented. The CO2 source vertical profile and its link with the root and the Carbon organic content distribution will be showed. The dynamic of CO2 sources and their isotopic signature will be linked to climatic variables such soil temperature and soil water content. For example, we will show that the dynamics of CO2 sources was mainly related to temperature while changing of isotopic signature was more correlated to soil moisture. [less ▲]

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See detailAbundance and phenological model of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in field crops
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Joie, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2012, December 07)

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. This exotic and invasive species is known to thrive ... [more ▼]

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. This exotic and invasive species is known to thrive principally in shrubs and arboreal habitats. We focus on a phonological model and on annual abundance in various field crops. The abundance of H. axyridis adults and larvae were evaluated during a three-year period, from 2009 to 2011, in four important agronomical crops (wheat, corn, broad bean and potato) in Belgium. H. axyridis colonizes and reproduces in all four crops studied, with larger densities observed in corn and broad bean. The reproduction of H. axyridis occurs principally in corn and occurred much less in wheat and potato. From 2009 to 2011, abundances of H. axyridis populations were constant except in corn, where the observed densities of all immature stages and adults were higher in 2011 than in 2009. The population dynamics of aphids and H. axyridis were characterized by a symmetric logistic function (S-shape) based on the cumulative population size. [less ▲]

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