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See detailSelf-assemblage and quorum in the earthworm Eisenia fetida (Oligochaete, Lumbricidae)
Zirbes, Lara ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Mescher, Mark et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(3), 32564

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See detailTechnique(s), médiation et politique - entre Latour, Marx et Heidegger
Pieron, Julien ULg

Conference (2012, March 01)

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See detailRecent disturbances in the Congo Basin : an anthracological contribution to vegetation reconstructions
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Hubau, Wannes; Gillet, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

In contrast to the well-known vegetation history of the northern hemisphere, few is known about past vegetation change in Central Africa. However, recent palaeoecological and biogeographical studies ... [more ▼]

In contrast to the well-known vegetation history of the northern hemisphere, few is known about past vegetation change in Central Africa. However, recent palaeoecological and biogeographical studies suggest that early human disturbances had a substantial influence on Central Africa vegetation patterns, particularly allowing the expansion of light-demanding species. This interesting hypothesis is the basis of one of the main research questions of the ERA-net BIODIVERSA CoForChange project: what was and is the relationship between (increasing) human activity and vegetation change? A recently developed protocol for the identification of ancient Central African charcoal fragments opened the door for vegetation reconstructions with a high spatial and taxonomical resolution. Therefore, we chose to study macro-charcoals from pedoanthracological profiles situated in N Congo and SE Camero0n. In total, 48 taxa were found in nine radiocarbon dated profiles. At the moment, three taxa have been identified down to species level. First, we found numerous fragments of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei under a current monodominant forest of G. dewevrei (40 cm depth, 1421-1327 cal. BP). This seems to confirm the presumption that monodominant forests of G. dewevrei, shade-bearer species, are relatively stable. Second, we evidenced the lack of Triplochiton scleroxylon charcoals under a T. scleroxylon stand, which could confirm the hypothesis of the recent nature of those stands. Finally, our results suggest that taxonomic diversity of charcoal findings in open canopy Marantaceae forests is greater than in dense forests. Pterocarpus soyauxii and Millettia drastica have been found under an open Marantaceae forest at 40 cm depth (1184-1055 cal. BP). The abundance of the light-demanding species P. soyauxii appears to be decreasing over time (levels 20 to 40 cm depth) to the benefit of giant herbs. Anthracology in Central Africa is on the rise and the first results of the CoForChange project are promising. More identifications will follow, resulting in a better understanding of the evolution of Central African forests. [less ▲]

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See detailTests with a Carlina-type diluted telescope. Primary coherencing
Le Coroller, H.; Dejonghe, J.; Regal, X. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 539

Aims: Studies are under way to propose a new generation of post-VLTI interferometers. The Carlina concept studied at the Haute-Provence Observatory is one of the proposed solutions. It consists in an ... [more ▼]

Aims: Studies are under way to propose a new generation of post-VLTI interferometers. The Carlina concept studied at the Haute-Provence Observatory is one of the proposed solutions. It consists in an optical interferometer configured like a diluted version of the Arecibo radio telescope: above the diluted primary mirror made of fixed cospherical segments, a helium balloon (or cables suspended between two mountains), carries a gondola containing the focal optics. Since 2003, we have been building a technical demonstrator of this diluted telescope. First fringes were obtained in May 2004 with two closely-spaced primary segments and a CCD on the focal gondola. We have been testing the whole optical train with three primary mirrors. The main aim of this article is to describe the metrology that we have conceived, and tested under the helium balloon to align the primary mirrors separate by 5-10 m on the ground with an accuracy of a few microns. Methods: Getting stellar fringes using delay lines is the main difficulty for astronomical interferometers. Carlina does not use delay lines, but the primary segments have to be positioned on a sphere i.e. coherencing the primary mirrors. As described in this paper, we used a supercontinuum laser source to coherence the primary segments. We characterize the Carlina's performances by testing its whole optical train: servo loop, metrology, and the focal gondola. Results: The servo loop stabilizes the mirror of metrology under the helium balloon with an accuracy better than 5 mm while it moves horizontally by 30 cm in open loop by 10-20 km/h of wind. We have obtained the white fringes of metrology; i.e., the three mirrors are aligned (cospherized) with an accuracy of ≈1 μm. We show data proving the stability of fringes over 15 min, therefore providing evidence that the mechanical parts are stabilized within a few microns. This is an important step that demonstrates the feasibility of building a diluted telescope using cables strained between cliffs or under a balloon. Carlina, like the MMT or LBT, could be one of the first members of a new class of telescopes named diluted telescopes. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling European tree species distribution change over the Holocene
Dury, Marie ULg; Dullinger, Stefan; Hülber, Karl et al

Conference (2012, March 01)

The postglacial re-colonization of Europe by temperate tree species from a few glacial refugia during the Holocene (10,000 BP) is a very interesting case to study the mechanisms of the vegetation dynamics ... [more ▼]

The postglacial re-colonization of Europe by temperate tree species from a few glacial refugia during the Holocene (10,000 BP) is a very interesting case to study the mechanisms of the vegetation dynamics. The relative roles that played the climate conditions, the species dispersal capacities and the competition between species in the re-colonization rates remain controversial. We investigate these different aspects with the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB DVM). Transient runs were performed over the Holocene using the HadCM3 AOGCM-reconstructed climate. European-wide species migration at 0.5° x 0.5° is represented in the model using migration rates derived from a high resolution cellular automaton, CATS-UPSCALE. Individual tree species migration rates were pre-calculated with CATS-UPSCALE every 1000 years over each grid cell used by the DVM in the climatic conditions reconstructed by the AOGCM. The impacts of competition on plant dispersal are not taken into account by the automaton. Thus, in CARAIB, a function has been constructed to reduce the potential CATS migration rates in competition conditions. It is based on the species dispersal kernel and on the net primary productivity of the different species present on the grid cell. The migration of one species, from its 10,000 BP refugia, is studied within a landscape defined by a set of other species for which no dispersal limitations are assumed. Here, we illustrate the results obtained for two wind-dispersed (Abies alba and Picea abies) and for a no wind-dispersed (Fagus sylvatica) tree species. The speeds and the paths of the postglacial spread obtained with the DVM are compared to the past distributions of the three species reconstructed from pollen and macrofossil data. The Holocene climate conditions simulated by the HadCM3 AOGCM do not constrain the European re-colonization of the studied species, except in Scandinavia at the beginning of the period for Picea abies. We observe that, during the past 10,000 years, species occupied regions where climate conditions were different from present observed species climate requirements, notably in the 10k species refugia. This result may imply that at present the species do not occupy their potential distribution area and thus that the postglacial re-colonization is not completed yet. We also show that species dispersal capacities cannot explain the observed species migration over the Holocene and that competition has played an important role. Indeed, when we use the potential migration rates (no competition), species spread too fast. [less ▲]

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See detail"L'avenir de l'enseignement du français langue étrangère"
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailExposé introductif
Husson, Jean-François ULg

Speech (2012)

Cet exposé introductif au séminaire de l'Association Internationale des Maires Francophones aborde les antagonismes économiques et sociaux, sans négliger la dimension religieuse. La seconde partie de l ... [more ▼]

Cet exposé introductif au séminaire de l'Association Internationale des Maires Francophones aborde les antagonismes économiques et sociaux, sans négliger la dimension religieuse. La seconde partie de l'exposé traite du rôle des élus locaux et des instruments à leur disposition. [less ▲]

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See detailHow pristine is the Congo Basin forest ? Some answers from Erythrophleum spp. (Caesalpiniaceae) and Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) natural stands in southeastern Cameroon
Bourland, Nils ULg; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre; Guion, Hélène ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

Erythrophleum spp. and Pericopsis elata are two important African timber taxa suffering from regeneration problems. Those light demanding trees could have established in openings made by past human ... [more ▼]

Erythrophleum spp. and Pericopsis elata are two important African timber taxa suffering from regeneration problems. Those light demanding trees could have established in openings made by past human activities (mainly slash-and-burn cultivation). Our study aimed at verifying this assumption in a 340,000 ha forest concession in southeastern Cameroon. Anthracological excavations were made alongside transects opened in patches where those taxa occur as well as the surrounding environment. Numerous charcoal elements and some pottery fragments were found in excavated soils in all studied sites. Charcoals and pieces of pottery were found within the first 100 and 50 cm of soil, respectively. According to radiocarbon dating conducted on charcoals and burnt seeds, fires occurred between 2,150 to 195 years BP. This finding was consistent with the analysis of archaeological materials decoration techniques. Our results revealed intense past anthropological activities in this area, seriously questioning the assumption of a pristine Congo Basin [less ▲]

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See detailCould current Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches in southeastern Cameroon be reasonably linked to past anthropogenic activities ?
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François ULg; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at understanding its origins so as to help securing its future. This study, lead away from engineering works, was conducted in four different sites located within the natural distribution area of the species and took into account the different growing conditions were the species occurs. Our observations were based on an analysis of charcoal elements and pottery fragments discovered in subsurface layers of soils as well as on current botanical and pedological surveys. Discovered evidence of past human activities led to the assumption that this part of the Congo Basin was much more inhabited than previously thought. Some of the results obtained for P. elata could apply for other long lived light demanding species growing in the same environment. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF STEAM EXPLOSION ON CRYSTALLINITY PROPERTIES OF PURE CELLULOSE FIBER INFLUENCE OF STEAM EXPLOSION ON CRYSTALLINITY PROPERTIES OF PURE CELLULOSE FIBER INFLUENCE OF STEAM EXPLOSION ON CRYSTALLINITY PROPERTIES OF PURE CELLULOSE FIBER
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on crystallinity properties of a pure bleached cellulose. Steam explosion process is composed of two distinct ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on crystallinity properties of a pure bleached cellulose. Steam explosion process is composed of two distinct stages: vapocracking and explosive decompression. The treatment intensities is determined by a severity factor, established by a correlation between temperature process and retention time. The results show that steam explosion treatment has an impact on the crystallinity properties of pure cellulose fiber. When the severity factor is below 5.2, an increase of the overall crystallinity of the samples is observed with the treatment intensities. For higher intensities, a significant thermal degradation of cellulose lead to an important change in substrate composition, which lead to a further decrease of cellulose crystallinity [less ▲]

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See detailSTEAM EXPLOSION : PROCESS AND IMPACT ON LIGNOCELLULOSIC MATERIAL
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

Steam explosion is a thermomechanochemical process which allows the breakdown of lignocellulosic structural components by steam heating, hydrolysis of glycosidic bonds by organic acid formed during the ... [more ▼]

Steam explosion is a thermomechanochemical process which allows the breakdown of lignocellulosic structural components by steam heating, hydrolysis of glycosidic bonds by organic acid formed during the process and shearing forces due to the expansion of the moisture. The process is composed of two distinct stages: vapocracking and explosive decompression. Cumul effects of both phases include modification of the physical properties of the material (specific surface area, water retention capacities, color, cellulose crystallinity rate,…), hydrolysis of hemicellulosic components (mono and oligosaccharides released) and modification of the chemical structure of lignin. These effects permit the opening of lignocellulosic structures and increase the enzymatic hydrolysis rate of cellulose components in the aim to obtain fermentable sugars used in second generation biofuels process. [less ▲]

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See detailBricolage Planning: Understanding Planning in a Fragmented City
Farah, Jihad ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Polyzos, Serafeim (Ed.) Urban Development (2012)

Planning today is a field in reconstruction where new ways of thinking and making the city are experienced. It is trying to deal with the increasing fragmentation of space and society that is challenging ... [more ▼]

Planning today is a field in reconstruction where new ways of thinking and making the city are experienced. It is trying to deal with the increasing fragmentation of space and society that is challenging its efficacy - even its relevance. In this chapter, by relying on Actor-Network Theory's concepts and case studies of Beirut's suburbs, we observe and analyze new practices, tools and efforts made to charter new ways for gathering resources and organizing collective action. In these case studies, we can see that in a fragmented city and on a local level, urban development initiatives are not necessarily chaotic juxtapositions of autonomous projects. Local networks including different kinds of actors may well be in action. These local networks represent laboratories experimenting governance arrangements, urban planning tools and territory building strategies by using at-hand resources and know-how. We call this planning approach Bricolage Planning. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure modifying effects of strontium ranelate in knee osteoarthritis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Chapurlat, R; Christiaensen, C et al

in Osteoporosis International (2012, March), 23(S2), 58-59

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See detailTi alloys processed by selective laser melting and by laser cladding: microstructures and mechanical properties
Mertens, Anne ULg; Contrepois, Quentin ULg; Dormal, Thierry ULg et al

in proceedings of 12th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES, MATERIALS & ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING, Noordwijk 20-23 mars 2012 (2012, March)

Selective laser melting (SLM) and laser cladding were developed in the late 1990s as economic layer-by-layer near-net-shape processes allowing for the production – and also, in the case of laser cladding ... [more ▼]

Selective laser melting (SLM) and laser cladding were developed in the late 1990s as economic layer-by-layer near-net-shape processes allowing for the production – and also, in the case of laser cladding, the restoration - of complex parts. Both techniques involve the melting of a metallic powder with a laser. In the case of SLM, the metallic powder is deposited layer by layer and then molten locally according to the desired shape, whereas in laser cladding the metallic powder is projected onto a substrate through a tube coaxial with the laser. In both processes, the metallic melt pools then cool down and solidify very rapidly, thus producing strongly out of equilibrium microstructures that might exhibit high internal stresses. In the present work, efforts have been made to enhance the flexibility of the laser cladding process: a second laser with a maximum power of 300W was installed beside the original laser (with a higher maximum power of 2000W), thus allowing for the processing of parts with thinner walls and/or coatings. Moreover, flexibility was also improved in relation with the geometry of the parts by use of a 5-axes displacement control. Samples of alloy Ti-6Al-4V, that is widely used in the aeronautic industry due to its high specific strength, have been processed both by SLM and by laser cladding. The resulting microstructures have been characterised in details by optical microscopy, SEM and EBSD so as to allow for a better understanding of the solidification process and of the subsequent phase transformations taking place upon cooling for both techniques. The influence of processing parameters such as the orientation of the deposition of the successive powder layers on the mechanical properties was also investigated by means of uniaxial tensile testing performed on samples with different deposition orientations in regard to the direction of mechanical solicitation. Moreover, some of the samples for mechanical testing had undergone an annealing treatment at 640°C for 4 hours to relieve internal stresses, in order to assess more precisely the effect of those stresses on the tensile properties. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical and physical hydraulic modelling of Piano Key Weirs
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Machiels, Olivier ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 4th Int. Conf. on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia (2012, March)

During the last few years, several piano key weirs (PKWs) have been built in France by Electricité de France (EDF). Thanks to the reduced footprint and high release capacities of this new type of weir ... [more ▼]

During the last few years, several piano key weirs (PKWs) have been built in France by Electricité de France (EDF). Thanks to the reduced footprint and high release capacities of this new type of weir, making it particularly suited for concrete dams rehabilitation, lots of other projects in varied countries are under construction or study. The prototype use of PKW requires knowledge about its structural behaviour, hydraulic capacities as well as integration into dams’ environment. This paper aims at presenting numerical and physical modelling works performed at the University of Liege to address the last two points. In particular, large scale physical modelling and parametric scale models enabled to understand the hydraulic behaviour of the structure and to highlight its main geometric parameters as well as their best variation interval depending on various criteria related to the weir design (discharge efficiency, cost…). A 1D numerical model has also been developed based on these experimental investigations. It enables to predict in a few minutes, with 10% accuracy, the discharge capacity of a given PKW geometry on its usual operation head range. This model, available as a freeware on http://www.pk-weirs.ulg.ac.be, constitutes a key tool for the first design of such weirs. Finally, the scale model studies of major projects such as Raviège dam (France) for EDF and Ouldjet Mellegue Project (Algeria) for Coyne et Bellier – Tractebel Engineering enable to confront theoretical predictions with experimental results and to address the problem of PKW integration on dam crests. [less ▲]

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See detailOud word je niet alleen. Een enquête over eenzaamheid en sociaal isolement bij ouderen in België
Vandenbroucke, S; Lebrun, JM; Vermeulen, B et al

Report (2012)

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See detailInondations en Wallonie, une fatalité ?
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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