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See detailCoordinated primary frequency control among non-synchronous systems connected by a multi-terminal high-voltage direct current grid
Dai, Jing; Phulpin, Yannick; Sarlette, Alain et al

in IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution (2012), 6(2), 99-108

The authors consider a power system composed of several non-synchronous AC areas connected by a multiterminal high-voltage direct current (HVDC) grid. In this context, the authors propose a distributed ... [more ▼]

The authors consider a power system composed of several non-synchronous AC areas connected by a multiterminal high-voltage direct current (HVDC) grid. In this context, the authors propose a distributed control scheme that modifies the power injections from the different AC areas into the DC grid so as to make the system collectively react to load imbalances. This collective reaction allows each individual AC area to downscale its primary reserves. The scheme is inspired by algorithms for the consensus problem extensively studied by the control theory community. It modifies the power injections based on frequency deviations of the AC areas so as to make them stay close to each other. A stability analysis of the closed-loop system is reported as well as simulation results on a benchmark power system with five AC areas. These results show that with proper tuning, the control scheme makes the frequency deviations converge rapidly to a common value following a load imbalance in an area. [less ▲]

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See detailA candidate cell of origin for cervical cancer
Herfs, Michael ULg; Yamamoto; Laury et al

in Modern Pathology : An Official Journal of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (2012, February), 25(2), 4-552

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See detailLes quotas
Stone, Pete; Cornet, Annie ULg; Cusumano, Christophe ULg

in Peretti, Jean Marie (Ed.) L'encyclopédie de la Diversité: regards croisés (2012)

Within the framework of policies to promote the diversity, the use of quota is more and more discussed, what besides brings to the foreground tensions about this issue. There is no uniform model about ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of policies to promote the diversity, the use of quota is more and more discussed, what besides brings to the foreground tensions about this issue. There is no uniform model about that in the European countries. This article realizes an inventory of fixtures, in Belgium and in France, on the laws concerning the usage of the quota and the arguments (positive and negatives) in this issue. This research participates to show that the development of the quote in Europe joins in the passage of a regulation " soft law " towards one " hard law ". [less ▲]

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See detailSubproblem Approach for Thin Shell Dual Finite Element Formulations
Dang, Quoc Vuong ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2012), 48(2), 407-410

A subproblem technique is applied to dual thin shell finite element formulations. Both the magnetic vector potential and magnetic field formulations are considered. The subproblem approach developed ... [more ▼]

A subproblem technique is applied to dual thin shell finite element formulations. Both the magnetic vector potential and magnetic field formulations are considered. The subproblem approach developed herein couples three problems: a simplified model with only inductors, a thin region problem using approximate interface conditions and a correction problem to improve the accuracy of the thin shell approximation, in particular near their edges and corners. Each problem has its own geometry and is solved on its associated finite element mesh. [less ▲]

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See detailLes carrières professionnelles des cadres : regard croisé du genre et de l'âge
Grodent, Françoise ULg

Scientific conference (2012, February)

Ce papier a pour objectif de réaliser une revue de littérature qui doit permettre de construire une recherche empirique visant à apporter une vision comparative des carrières des hommes et des femmes ... [more ▼]

Ce papier a pour objectif de réaliser une revue de littérature qui doit permettre de construire une recherche empirique visant à apporter une vision comparative des carrières des hommes et des femmes cadres en regard de trois groupes d’âge : les moins de 35 ans, les [35-50] ans et les plus de 50 ans. Nous considérons les deux sexes étant donné que les trajectoires professionnelles sont influencées par le sexe de la personne ainsi que par les stéréotypes et les rôles qui y sont directement associés (genre). Les générations, quant à elles, nous permettront de tenir compte de l’évolution des facteurs de contexte que sont notamment ces rôles attribués au masculin et au féminin à travers les époques. En effet, les constructions sociales liées au sexe des individus sont susceptibles de changer d’une génération à l’autre et donc d’agir distinctement sur les intentions de carrière. Le fait d’introduire la dimension générationnelle, en plus de celle du genre, est l’occasion d’aborder le concept d’intersectionnalité qui consiste en un croisement des groupes cibles propres à la gestion de la diversité. A l’issue de cet aperçu théorique faisant état de la littérature existante relative à cette thématique des carrières des individus occupant un poste à responsabilités, nous pourrons mettre en évidence différentes questions de recherche qu’il nous faudra, dans un second temps, confronter à la réalité du terrain. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple functional variants at the 3p21 locus contribute to ulcerative colitis: Results from a European consortium
Cleynen, I; Artieda, M; Verspaget, H et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2012)

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

Article for general public (2012)

Survivantes; Kepler-20 et KOI-961;Êta Carinae; Exo-Saturne ? ; GRAIL; Tranquillityite; H1743-322; Matière noire; ACT-CL J0102-4915; Nébuleuse Oméga

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See detailLa cécidomyie équestre : un ravageur à tenir à l'oeil
Censier, Florence ULg; Chavalle, Sandrine; De Proft, Michel et al

in Destain, Jean-Pierre; Bodson, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2012, February)

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See detailA non-linear homogeneous model for bone-like materials under compressive load.
Mengoni, Marlène ULg; Voide, Romain; de Bien, Charlotte ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (2012), 28(2), 334-348

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which ... [more ▼]

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which currently is only feasible at the expense of extremely high computational costs, coarser models can be used if the local morphology has been linked to the apparent mechanical behavior. The aim of this paper is to implement and validate such a constitutive law. This law is able to capture the non-linear structural behavior of bone-like materials through the use of fabric tensors. It also allows for irreversible strains using an elastoplastic material model incorporating hardening. These features are expressed in a constitutive law based on the anisotropic continuum damage theory coupled with isotropic elastoplasticity in a finite strains framework. This material model was implemented into Metafor, a non-linear FE software. The implementation was validated against experimental data of cylindrical samples subjected to compression. Three materials with bone-like microstructure were tested : aluminum foams of variable density (ERG, Oakland, CA), PLA (polylactic acid) foam (CERM, University of Liège) and cancellous bone tissue of a deer antler (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège). [less ▲]

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See detailDes idées fausses et autres illusions en management
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

Article for general public (2012)

L’objet de ce bref article est de revoir certaines idées fausses et autres illusions en management, dont les retombées dans la vie dépassent, de très loin, l’attention que nous devrions accorder à y ... [more ▼]

L’objet de ce bref article est de revoir certaines idées fausses et autres illusions en management, dont les retombées dans la vie dépassent, de très loin, l’attention que nous devrions accorder à y renoncer. [less ▲]

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See detailOntslagmanagement in psychiatrische ziekenhuisen. Eindrapport 2010-2011
Goossens, E; César, Angèle ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg et al

Report (2012)

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See detailRhino vs paquebot: 1-0
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

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See detailEvaluation of the cytotoxicity of organic dust components on thp1 monocytes-derived-macrophages using high content analysis
Ramery, Eve ULg; O'Brien, Peter James

in Environmental Toxicology (2012)

Organic dust contains pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce significant airway diseases following chronic exposure. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells of the ... [more ▼]

Organic dust contains pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce significant airway diseases following chronic exposure. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells of the respiratory tract. Several studies have investigated the effects of PAMPs and mainly endotoxins, on cytokine production. However the sub-lethal cytotoxicity of organic dust components on macrophages has not been tested yet. The novel technology of high content analysis (HCA) is already used to assess subclinical drug-induced toxicity. It combines the capabilities of flow cytometry, intracellular fluorescence probes, and image analysis and enables rapid multiple analyses in large numbers of samples. In the present study, HCA was used to investigate the cytotoxicity of the 3 major PAMPs contained in organic dust, ie. endotoxin (LPS), peptidoglycan (PGN) and β-glucans (zymosan) on THP-1 monocyte-derived macrophages. LPS was used at concentrations of 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 1 μg/ml; PGN and zymosan were used at concentrations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 μg/ml. Cells were exposed to PAMPs for 24 h. In addition, the oxidative burst and the phagocytic capabilities of the cells were tested. An overlap between PGN intrinsic fluorescence and red/far-red fluorescent dyes occurred, rendering the evaluation of some parameters impossible for PGN. LPS induced sub-lethal cytotoxicity at the lowest dose (from 50 ng/ml). However, the greatest cytotoxic changes occurred with zymosan. In addition, zymosan, but not LPS, induced phagosome maturation and oxidative burst. Given the fact that β-glucans can be up to 100-fold more concentrated in organic dust than LPS, these results suggest that β-glucans could play a major role in macrophage impairment following heavy dust exposure and will merit further investigation in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Developments of Alloyed Steels for Hot Strip Roughing Mills : Characterization of High-Chromium Steel and Semi-High Speed Steel
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

in Iron and Steel Technology (2012)

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill - high chromium steel (HCS) and semi-high-speed steel (semi-HSS), In this paper, the new semi-high-speed steel grade is studied

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See detailPOST-COMBUSTION CO2 CAPTURE: Global Process Simulation and Solvent Degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Lepaumier, Hélène; Blandina, Fabrice et al

Poster (2012, February)

One of the biggest upcoming challenges concerning both environmental and energy systems engineering is the control and limitation of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity. Fossil fuels-fired ... [more ▼]

One of the biggest upcoming challenges concerning both environmental and energy systems engineering is the control and limitation of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity. Fossil fuels-fired power plants are in this context one of the main contributors due to the large amounts of CO2 emitted. Different technologies have been developed for capturing CO2 from such power plants. This work focuses on post-combustion CO2 capture by reactive absorption into amine solvents like monoethanolamine (MEA). The main drawback of this technology is actually the high energy requirement of the process, especially for solvent regeneration. It is then highly interesting to model the capture process so that optimal operating conditions could be approached by simulation thus reducing the number of expensive experimental tests. Thanks to the simulation, it has been possible to identify the most influent process variables and to optimize their value. It was also possible to study the impact of process modifications on the global capture efficiency. The improvements studied allowed for a reduction by up to 14% of the process exergy consumption. Another major drawback of the post-combustion CO2 capture is solvent degradation, which can be due to thermal as well as oxidative mechanisms. Degradation affects the CO2 capture process since it may cause corrosion, foaming and fouling, possibly inducing a decrease of the solvent efficiency and high additional operating costs due to solvent replacement. In order to study degradation of conventional amine solvents as well as degradation of novel solvents, a degradation test rig has been built at the University of Liège in collaboration with the company Laborelec, member of the GDF SUEZ group. First results show that degradation obtained on this lab installation can be compared to degradation results observed on CO2 capture pilot installation. The final objective of this thesis is to make a link between degradation and simulation. Experimental data obtained on the degradation test rig will be implemented into the existing simulation model so that optimal operating conditions considering both process energy efficiency and solvent degradation can be determined. [less ▲]

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