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See detailAn adaptive thermal comfort model for hot humid South-East Asia
Nguyen, Anh Tuan ULg; Singh, Manoj Kumar ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Building & Environment (2012), 56

The present paper presents a full procedure to develop an adaptive comfort model for South-East Asia. Meta-analysis on large number of observations from field surveys which were conducted in this region ... [more ▼]

The present paper presents a full procedure to develop an adaptive comfort model for South-East Asia. Meta-analysis on large number of observations from field surveys which were conducted in this region was employed. Standardization and bias control of the database were fully reported. Statistical tests of significance and weighted regression method applied in the analyses strengthened the reliability of the findings. This paper found a great influence of ‘Griffiths constant’ on the establishment of adaptive comfort equation and proposed an appropriate value. The adaptive comfort model generated is applicable to naturally ventilated building under hot and humid conditions of South-East Asia. The mean neutral comfort temperature (operative temperature, effective temperature, standard effective temperature) in naturally ventilated and air-conditioned building was compared and the differences have been discussed. The similar neutral standard effective temperature in both naturally ventilated and air-conditioned building proposes a new idea to implement SET* into building simulation tools to assess thermal comfort without the attention of building classification. Through the analysis, the effectiveness of behavioral adaptive actions on occupant’s thermal perception has been argued. The extended PMV-PPD model for hot humid conditions was examined and its applicability was recommended. Other comfort related issues, the differences and similarities between various adaptive comfort models were also addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe optimization of microsatellite genotyping and genetic sexing of non-invasively collected polar bear tissue: Implications for monitoring and census.
Harris, Christopher; Van Coeverden De Groot, Peter; Kamookak, L et al

Conference (2012, April)

The monitoring of Polar Bears in Canada has been completed largely through management unit (MU) wide capture-mark-recapture (CMR) surveys. While this data is very useful at the time of collection, these ... [more ▼]

The monitoring of Polar Bears in Canada has been completed largely through management unit (MU) wide capture-mark-recapture (CMR) surveys. While this data is very useful at the time of collection, these surveys are expensive and take time to plan and execute; cannot be feasibly executed across the polar bear range at intervals that reflect the expected rapid environmental changes in the Arctic; and are disdained by the Inuit as being invasive. As part of recent efforts to explore less expensive and non-invasive methods to monitor polar bears (see Wong et al & Van Coevderden de Groot et al this conference) we are evaluating genetic information obtained from non-invasively collected polar bear tissue. In this work we report on the genetic data obtained from non-invasively collected harisnags recovered from sampling stations erected between May-June 2006-2009 in M’Clintock Channel, Nunavut. Across the 4 years 344 hair snags were collected; following Paetkau (2004) we optimized 6 microsatellite loci to reliably amplify polar bear DNA from this tissue and we modified the procedure of Pages et al (2009) to reliably genetically sex these tissues. Our estimates for two common errors with this type of tissue across all loci – allelic dropout (0.026) and false allele (0.03) - were both less than p =.05. This suggests these errors are not going to significantly affect the accuracy of the consensus genotypes collected from these data. Using consensus genotypes from relevant hairsnags, we posit a minimum of 59 (max 82) unique bears entered our sampling stations. Of these, 24% were female, 64% were male, and 12% could not be sexed. We resampled 2 bears in 2006, 1 in 2007, 0 bears in 2008 and 14 bears in 2009 – the 2009 value reflects significantly increased sampling effort in 2009. Five bears were re-sampled between the non-invasive surveys in 2006-2009. When comparing our data to a subset of cubs and subadults captured during the Taylor et al. (2006) CMR survey of M’Clintock Channel (MU), we found 6 genotype matches. Our sampling stations may have a male bias as the sex ratio from the 1998-2000 CMR study was 42.1% ♂ (Taylor et al 2006) vs. 64% ♂ (this study). We cannot accurately determine the age bias (but see Wong et al this conference). Genetic data from Polar bear faecal samples may provide an unbiased sex and age sample of polar bears in any MU. Any data from these samples will help refine hairsnag derived MKNA estimate of polar bears from any MU. Here we report on our efforts to genotype and genetically sex 95 faecals we have collected from M’Clintock Channel from 2006-2009. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings, results from other noninvasive work (Wong et al & Van Coevderden de Groot et al this conference) and ongoing/proposed work in the context of i) a non-invasive Inuit-based polar bear activity and health survey, and ii) a more rigorous census method which may allow more precise adjustments of harvest levels than currently possible using infrequently collected CMR data only. [less ▲]

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See detailToward a Risk Based Simulation for the Erection of an Offshore Windmill Park
Caprace, Jean-David ULg; Petcu, Cristian ULg; Velarde, Marco et al

in Proceeding of the 11th International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (2012, April)

Nowadays, EU shipyards that are facing difficulties due to the global crisis are often trying to diversify their activities. Some of them have already turned to the production of offshore windmill ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, EU shipyards that are facing difficulties due to the global crisis are often trying to diversify their activities. Some of them have already turned to the production of offshore windmill components. The installation and operation of offshore windmills are much more complex than onshore due to the distance and the depth of the water column. This creates problems specific to the production, installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines. A tool for sequencing and installation simulation has been developed to assess the risks associated to the assembly of wind turbines parks via simulations of the different phases of construction considering various random phenomena such as weather conditions and uncertainties on production time. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalogical reasoning in children with specific language impairment
Leroy, Sandrine ULg; Parisse, Christophe; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2012), 26(4),

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of ... [more ▼]

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of construction schemas, thus slowing down morphosyntactic development for children with specific language impairment (SLI). We also hypothesized, in accordance with usage-based theory, that the same analogy mechanism is shared by linguistic and non-linguistic processes. The current study investigated the performance of 15 children with SLI in comparison with age-matched peers on a nonlinguistic analogical reasoning task. Our experimental setting targeted two prerequisites of analogical reasoning: structural alignment and the discovery of relational similarity in comparison with perceptual similarity. The results obtained are compatible with our hypotheses according to which children with SLI would encounter problems building more abstract construction schemas, related to difficulties with analogical reasoning. The study also shows that children with SLI have specific cognitive difficulties regardless of their linguistic development. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated control and structural analysis of DFIG wind turbines using a monolithic approach
Chen, Qiongzhong ULg; D'Ambrosio, Flavio; Defourny, Michel et al

in Proceedings of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2012 (EWEA 2012) (2012, April)

Design of wind turbines requires the coupled analysis among the mechanical, control and aerodynamic subsystems. Different from previous research, which either uses a complicated mechanical model with a ... [more ▼]

Design of wind turbines requires the coupled analysis among the mechanical, control and aerodynamic subsystems. Different from previous research, which either uses a complicated mechanical model with a simple control system model, or vice versa, this paper studies the coupling of subsystems’ dynamics using a high-fidelity aeroelastic model of wind turbine and a detailed analytical model of control generating systems. A monolithic time integration approach is applied so that better numerical accuracy and stability are achieved. Control strategies on power optimization are discussed taking into account the influence of structural flexibility. Simulation examples are given on both stable and turbulent wind situation. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring the phase of the scattering amplitude with vortex beams
Ivanov, Igor ULg

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2012), 85(7), 07600110

We show that colliding vortex beams instead of (approximate) plane waves can lead to a direct measurement of how the overall phase of the plane wave scattering amplitude changes with the scattering angle ... [more ▼]

We show that colliding vortex beams instead of (approximate) plane waves can lead to a direct measurement of how the overall phase of the plane wave scattering amplitude changes with the scattering angle. Since vortex beams are coherent superpositions of plane waves with different momenta, their scattering amplitude receives contributions from plane wave amplitudes with distinct kinematics. These contributions interfere, leading to the measurement of their phase difference. Although interference exists for any generic wave packet collision, we show that using vortex beams dramatically enhances sensitivity to the phase in comparison with nonvortex beams. Since the overall phase is inaccessible in a plane wave collision, this measurement would be of great importance for a number of topics in hadronic physics, for example, meson production in the resonance region, physics of nucleon resonances, and small angle elastic hadron scattering. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamiques écosystémiques co-évolutives: proposition de typologie fonctionnelle des milieux
Hendrickx, Sébastien ULg; Van Der Kaa, Claire ULg; Dopagne, Claude ULg et al

in Notes de recherche - Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial Région Wallonne (2012), 34

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma on the healing of tendons: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Biomedica 2012 (2012, April)

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the cicatrisation of ruptured Achilles tendons of rats. Material and Methods: A 5mm defect was surgically made in the Achilles tendon of 120 rats. A few hours after surgery, 45 rats received a PRP or PBS injection in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were immediately submitted to a biomechanical tensile strength test until rupture using a “cryo-jaw” device. After, theses samples were used for transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the five remained tendons in each group. Results: Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days than those in the control group. The transverse area of tendons in the PRP group was significantly higher at day 5 and 15. The constraint was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group in the late phase of the healing (day 30). Histological and immunohistological analysis showed an increased staining for fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical analysis showing an increased collagen concentration in the callus. The expression of tenomodulin, a tenocyte differentiation marker, was significantly higher in the PRP-treated tendons at day 5. No significant difference in terms of mRNA for type III collagen and matrix metalloproteinase 9 was observed at any time between the 2 groups. Conclusion: A single injection of PRP in sectioned Achilles tendon of rats few hours after surgery influences the early phase of tendons healing, resulting in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailDamping identification of lightly damped linear dynamic systems using Common-base Proper Orthogonal Decomposition
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2012), 28

This paper presents a new technique to identify the damping of linear systems. It is developed from the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) of the free response of the system and extended to the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new technique to identify the damping of linear systems. It is developed from the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) of the free response of the system and extended to the recently proposed Common-base POD (CPOD). The present application of CPOD considers simultaneously several free responses of the system to different initial conditions. The eigen-decomposition of the co-variance matrix leads to a unique vector basis which is likely to contain more information about the dynamics of the system than a vector basis obtained by the classic POD technique. The ability of the technique to estimate the mode shapes and the modal damping is demonstrated on a simulated mass-spring-damper system. Two different distributions of masses are considered in order to confront the CPOD analysis to the intrinsic limitation of POD, i.e. that the mode shapes are identified exactly only if the mass matrix is proportional to the identity matrix. It is shown that the identification of the damping is still possible when the modes are not orthonormal. The robustness of the technique is demonstrated in the presence of noise in the responses of the system and through an experimental application with comparison with other identifications techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailUne cellule d'encadrement pour les producteurs transformateurs
Helleputte, Murielle ULg; De Laubier, Juliette ULg; Di Tanna, Sybille ULg et al

in Wallonie Elevages (2012), 4

La Cellule Qualité Produits Fermiers possède un guichet unique auquel le producteur-transformateur peut s'adresser pour toute question relative à son projet de diversification. En fonction de la demande ... [more ▼]

La Cellule Qualité Produits Fermiers possède un guichet unique auquel le producteur-transformateur peut s'adresser pour toute question relative à son projet de diversification. En fonction de la demande, il est dirigé vers le ou les pôles compétents. [less ▲]

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See detailHow convection and diffusion processes might affect biological imprints, a challenge for modelers
Tison, J.-L.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Thomas, D. et al

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailTHE RESPONSE OF ACETOBACTER SENEGALENSIS TO STRESSORS: A STUDY TOWARDS IMPROVEMENT OF VINEGAR STARTER PRODUCTION
Shafiei, Rasoul ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Acetic Acid Bacteria (2012, April)

Acetic acid bacteria encounter various harsh conditions during acetic acid fermentation. Ethanol as the main substrate and acetic acid as the major product at low pH can influence deeply on the cellular ... [more ▼]

Acetic acid bacteria encounter various harsh conditions during acetic acid fermentation. Ethanol as the main substrate and acetic acid as the major product at low pH can influence deeply on the cellular functions of acetic acid bacteria. In previous studies in CWBI, Acetobacter senegalensis was used for production of dried vinegar starters; however the impact of stressors (ethanol and acetic acid) on A. senegalensis remained unclear. In this study, different techniques such as flow cytometry, culturability on solid medium and 2-DiGE were used comparatively to investigate the effect of carbon sources of inoculum media on the tolerance of A. senegalensis to stressors. Analysis of respiration system by flow cytometric methods showed that the presence of 2% (v/v) acetic acid in inoculum medium, in one hand, causes 80% of cells to continue to do respiration after a sudden exposure to 1- 3% (v/v) acetic acid in stress media while 89.7% of cells grown in glucose appeared as dead cells after an abrupt exposure to 3%(v/v) of acetic acid. On the other hand, 59.2% and 49.33% of cells grown in the presence of 2% (v/v) of acetic acid could maintain their entire membrane integrity after exposure to 1% and 3% (v/v) of acetic acid, respectively. Inoculum medium contained 5% (v/v) of ethanol as a carbon source enabled about 90% of cells to keep their growing capacities after a sudden exposure to 3% acetic acid. In contrast, just 40% of cells grown in glucose as a carbon source maintained their culturability on solid medium after exposure to 1% acetic acid. A similar profile of culturability was observed for the cells grown in 5% (v/v) ethanol or 2% (v/v) of acetic acid. A proteomic approach (2-DiGE) was used to analyze proteins expressed in the presence of different carbon sources. Differentially expressed proteins were mainly associated with energy metabolism, carbohydrate metabolisms, folding, sorting and degradation processes. The relative abundance of proteins was extensively different for cell grown in glucose compared with protein contents of cells grown in ethanol or acetic acid. In conclusion, production of a cost effective vinegar starter needs a qualified biomass which tolerates ethanol and acetic acid. Tolerance of A. senegalensis to acetic acid depends to a great extent on the composition of the medium which cells grow in. In spite of low adaption to acetic acid for cell grown in glucose, using ethanol or acetic acid in inoculum media renders a physiological state in A. senegelensis which enables it to cope with higher concentration of acetic acid readily, this biomass has a potential to be used as a starter [less ▲]

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See detailChronique de doctrine en droit des marchés et contrats publics
Durviaux, Ann-Lawrence ULg; Delvaux, Thierry ULg; Fisse, Damien ULg et al

in Marchés et Contrats Publics = Overheidsopdrachten en -Overeenkomsten (2012), 1/2012

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See detailDynamic interaction between lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase and C-terminal Src kinase controls T cell activation
Tautz, Lutz; Vang, Torkel; Liu, Wallace et al

in FASEB Journal (2012, April), 26

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner ... [more ▼]

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner when forming a complex. Here, we show that dissociation of the LYP/CSK complex is necessary for recruitment of LYP to lipid rafts, where it down-modulates TCR-mediated signaling. Our findings may also explain the reduced TCR signaling associated with a single nucleotide polymorphism, which confers increased risk for autoimmunity and results in the expression of a LYP allele that can no longer bind CSK. Development of a potent and selective chemical probe of LYP allowed us to confirm that the observed down-modulation of TCR-induced signaling was due to the LYP catalytic activity. Our compound also represents a starting point for the development of a LYP-based treatment of autoimmunity. [less ▲]

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See detailA prospective study of cardiac valvular status in patients treated with cabergoline for Endocrine Disease
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Tome Garcia, M et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2012, April), 73(2), 148

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See detailA new species of Caprella (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Mediterranean Sea
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Guerra-García, José Manuel

in Helgoland Marine Research (2012)

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area ... [more ▼]

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). The species is close to Caprella liparotensis, but can be clearly distinguished by smaller size, presence of a short rostrum, body elongate and dorsally smooth, absence of serrate carina on the basis of gnathopod 2 and pereopods, mouthparts scarcely setose, absence of Wne setae on peduncle of antenna 1 and absence of swimming setae on antenna 2. The number of caprellid species reported from the Mediterranean Sea has increased from 23 (1993) to 41 (2010), consequently, further taxonomical studies should be addressed to properly estimate the total amphipod diversity in the Mediterranean Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical characterization of cabergoline resistant prolactinomas : a multicenter experience on 92 patients
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Jaffrain Rea, ML; PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2012, April), 73(2), 153

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See detailNon invasive sleep monitoring
Deliège, Benjamin; Coppieters't Wallant, Dorothe ULg

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailEnseigner à des étudiants non acquis à la matière…
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailThe size and book-to-market effects revisited
Lambert, Marie ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg

E-print/Working paper (2012)

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