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See detailCombining Territorial Data With Thermal Simulations to Improve Energy Management of Suburban Areas
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Petel, Maud; Hamdi, Asma et al

in Proceedings of GEOProcessing 2012 (2012, January)

Urban sprawl has been identified as a major issue for sustainable development. Energy consumption in suburban buildings, in particular, is a widespread issue because detached types of houses require ... [more ▼]

Urban sprawl has been identified as a major issue for sustainable development. Energy consumption in suburban buildings, in particular, is a widespread issue because detached types of houses require significantly more energy to be heated than more compact urban forms. Energy efficiency is often presented as a viable approach to the mitigation of climate change, but research and studies mainly contend with individual buildings and do not address this issue at larger territorial scales or for a whole building stock. In this respect, this paper first presents a morphological definition of urban sprawl. This definition uses territorial and cadastral data available for the Walloon region of Belgium. Using this definition, a suburban type classification adapted to thermal studies is drawn up. A representative block of each type is selected to model energy use and to determine the total energy consumption of the whole suburban building stock. An application is then presented concerning a comparison of potential energy savings associated with several renovation strategies. The results of this exercise are presented and highlight the benefits of combining Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, territorial data and thermal simulations for the efficient energy management of suburban areas at the scale of the whole building stock. [less ▲]

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See detailMarabout : ex-géant mondial de l'édition industrielle
Durand, Pascal ULg; Habrand, Tanguy ULg

Article for general public (2012)

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See detailContagion inside the Credit Default Swaps markets in the light of 2008 crisis
Sougné, Danielle ULg; Mattar, Jamal ULg

in Journal of Business and Economics (2012)

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See detailAnthracology: past disturbances and vegetation evolution
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg

in CoForChange - Newsletter (2012)

One of CoForChange aims is to highlight the relationship between human settlement and plant distribution. Recent studies show that anthropogenic disturbances have had an impact on vegetation, including ... [more ▼]

One of CoForChange aims is to highlight the relationship between human settlement and plant distribution. Recent studies show that anthropogenic disturbances have had an impact on vegetation, including enabling the expansion of light-demanding species (see Newsl. No 4). To contribute to this analysis in a context of deep scarcity of anthracological data in Africa, we have been studying the charcoals from nine soil pits of the CoForChange project as part of a Master’s. The objective was to understand past and present species composition of the forests in relation with past disturbances. Two anthracological protocols of identification were tested: 1) at species level, by describing the anatomical characteristics of charcoals, by carrying investigations with InsideWood online database, and by comparing anatomical data at XylariumTervuren; 2) at community level, by searching for statistical relationships between ecological traits of species and wood anatomy. The results show that the taxonomic diversity is greater in Marantaceae forests than in lowland forests. Three identifications were obtained from 48 described taxa: Gilbertiodendron dewevrei under G. dewevrei monodominant forest (GIB1 at 40 cm depth, 1510 ± 30 years cal. BP), Millettia drastica and Pterocarpus soyauxii inMarantaceae open forests (F9 at 40 cm, 1200 ± 30 cal. BP). Our hypothesis is that monodominant stands of G. dewevrei are relatively stable. With regard to P. soyauxii, the proportion of this lightdemanding species seems to be decreasing over time (at levels from 20 to 40 cm) for the benefit of Marantaceae. Another result highlights the absence of Triplochiton scleroxylon under T. scleroxylon, which may confirm the hypothesis of the recent settlement of this species. Results on the relationship between wood anatomy and functional traits are still preliminary, and further research will be conducted through a PhD programme. The on-going developments of anthracology in tropical Africa will help to identify a larger number of collected samples, and thus to understand better the evolution of tropical forests. [less ▲]

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See detailLife in the cold: proteomics of the Antarctic bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis
Piette, Florence ULg; Struvay, Caroline ULg; Godin, Amandine ULg et al

in Heazlewood, J. L.; Petzold, C. J. (Eds.) Proteomic Applications in Biology (2012)

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See detail(G)astronomie - Comète glacée
Nazé, Yaël ULg

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See detailRho proteins crosstalk via RhoGDIalpha
Stultiens, Audrey ULg; HO, Thi Thanh Giang ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Communicative & Integrative Biology (2012), 5(1), 99-101

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See detailla méthode conductive selon Petho
Battisti, Oreste ULg

Learning material (2012)

introduction et illustration par un film de la méthode conductive selon Petho, avec le film "je veux le faire tout seul"

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See detailIntense physical exercise related to the emergent generation of cardiovascular risk markers: review
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; LAURENT, Terry ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Biology of Sport (2012), 29(1), 11-16

Objective: The present review was performed in order to bring together the current knowledge about the impact of intense physical exercise on cardiovascular function, especially on plasma levels of ... [more ▼]

Objective: The present review was performed in order to bring together the current knowledge about the impact of intense physical exercise on cardiovascular function, especially on plasma levels of cardiovascular risk markers such as cardiac troponin T (cTnT), myeloperoxidase (MPO), amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), C-reactive protein (CRP) and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL). Methods: Data were collected using the PubMed database. The articles were chosen for their relevance and importance in the area of interest. Results: The literature describes numerous examples where physical exercise induces plasma variation for the markers studied. Intense physical effort increases the levels of cTnT, MPO and NTproBNP, whereas CRP and oxLDL levels tend to be decreased with regular sport activities. Conclusions: The present literature investigation confirms the fact that intense physical exercise has an impact on the plasma variations of the five cardiovascular risk markers studied. However, practising regular exercise remains one of the first strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtienne Klein, "Le Small Bang des nanotechnologies"
Thoreau, François ULg

in Esprit (Paris, France : 1932) (2012), 381

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See detailToward a High Order Throughflow - Investigation of the Nonlinear Harmonic Method Coupled With an Immersed Boundary Method for the Modeling of the Circumferential Stresses
Thomas, Jean-Philippe ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg

in Journal of Turbomachinery (2012), 134(1),

Capturing a level of modeling of the flow inside a multi-stage turbomachine, such as unsteadiness for example, can be done at different degrees of details, either by capturing all deterministic features ... [more ▼]

Capturing a level of modeling of the flow inside a multi-stage turbomachine, such as unsteadiness for example, can be done at different degrees of details, either by capturing all deterministic features of the flow with a pure unsteady method or by settling for an approximated solution at a lower computational cost. The harmonic methods stand in this second category. Amongst them the "Nonlinear Harmonic Method'' from He revealed the most efficient. This method consists of solving the fully nonlinear 3D steady problem and a linearized perturbation system in the frequency domain. As it has been shown by the authors that the circumferential variations exhibit a harmonic behavior, it is proposed here to adapt this method to the throughflow model, where the main nonlinear system would be the common throughflow equations and the auxiliary system would give access to the circumferential stresses. As the numerical local explicit impermeability conditions are unsupported by Fourier series, the adaptation of this technique to the throughflow model passes through a reformulation of the blade effect by a smooth force field as in the "Immersed Boundary Method'' from Peskin. A simple example of an inviscid flow around a cylinder will illustrate the preceding developments, bringing back the mean effect of the circumferential non uniformities into the meridional flow. [less ▲]

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See detailMandible Behavior in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Under CPAP Treatment
Senny, Frédéric ULg; Maury, Gisèle; CAMBRON, Laurent ULg et al

in Open Sleep Journal (2012), 5

Aim: To investigate whether obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients present different behaviors of mandible movements before and under CPAP therapy. Materials and Methodology: In this retrospective study ... [more ▼]

Aim: To investigate whether obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients present different behaviors of mandible movements before and under CPAP therapy. Materials and Methodology: In this retrospective study, patients were selected according to inclusion criteria: both the diagnostic polysomnography recording showing an OSA with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) greater than 25 (n/h) and the related CPAP therapy control recordings were available, presence of mandible movement and mask pressure signals in the recordings, and tolerance to the applied positive pressure. Statistical analysis on four parameters, namely the apneahypopnea index (AHI), the arousal index (ArI), the average of the mandible lowering during sleep (aLOW), and the average amplitude of the oscillations of the mandible movement signal (aAMPL), was performed on two sets of recordings: OSA and CPAP therapy. Results: Thirty-four patients satisfied the inclusion criteria, thus both OSA and CPAP groups included thirty-four recordings each. Significant difference (p < 0.001) was found in the OSA group compared with the CPAP group when considering either the four parameters or only the two ones related to mandible movements. Conclusions: When an efficient CPAP pressure is applied, the mouth is less open and presents fewer broad sharp closure movements, and oscillating mandible movements are absent or very small. [less ▲]

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See detailModèles chaotiques en économie
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Tangente Sup (2012), 63 - 64

Dans cet ouvrage consacré au thème des prévisions, nous montrons que certains modèles mathématiques ,reposant sur des équations récurrentes non linéaires, permettent de décrire des phénomènes qui ... [more ▼]

Dans cet ouvrage consacré au thème des prévisions, nous montrons que certains modèles mathématiques ,reposant sur des équations récurrentes non linéaires, permettent de décrire des phénomènes qui paraissent aléatoires, alors qu'ils sont purement déterministes. Une application à l'économie illustre les propos. [less ▲]

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See detailMaladies du blé d'hiver au Luxembourg Les interactions entre climat, sol et phytotechnie montrent l'importance primordiale du facteur climat
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Delfosse, Philippe et al

in Phytoma : La Défense des Végétaux (2012), 650

Malgré sa petite taille, le GDL est caractérisé par deux régions très contrastées en ce qui concerne les maladies cryptogamiques du blé d’hiver. Une analyse en composante principale a permis d’analyser la ... [more ▼]

Malgré sa petite taille, le GDL est caractérisé par deux régions très contrastées en ce qui concerne les maladies cryptogamiques du blé d’hiver. Une analyse en composante principale a permis d’analyser la distribution des maladies cryptogamiques entre le Gutland et l’Oseling. La distribution des maladies cryptogamiques est significativement différente (P < 0.001) entre le Gutland et l’Oesling. Entre 2003 et 2009, la septoriose et la rouille brune sont des maladies qui caractérisent le Gutland avec respectivement comme pourcentage 51 et 17%. Dans l’Oesling, la sévérité de ces maladies était très faible et n’atteignait même pas 1%. A l’opposé, l’Oesling est caractérisée par l’installation de l’Oïdium surtout en 2003 et 2009 avec respectivement 15 et 40% de sévérité alors cette maladie ne dépassait pas 1% de sévérité en Gutland. Parallèlement à ces maladies, d’autres pathogènes fongiques sont observées uniquement en Gutland et les maladies qu’ils causent sont influencées par la phytotechnie. Il s’agit de l’helminthosporiose et de la rouille jaune avec comme caractéristique le contournement du gène de résistance Yr 17+. La variation dans l’expression des maladies cryptogamiques entre le Gutland et l’Oesling est surtout due aux différences marquées des conditions climatiques entre les deux régions mais aussi aux pratiques agricoles en vigueur (fumure azotée, choix variétal, semis avec labour ou sans labour….). [less ▲]

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See detailLife-cycle assessment of residential buildings in three different European locations, case study
Rossi, Barbara ULg; Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Building & Environment (2012), 51

The paper presents the comparative results of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) of one residential building with two constructive systems in Brussels and one steel frame house located in three different ... [more ▼]

The paper presents the comparative results of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) of one residential building with two constructive systems in Brussels and one steel frame house located in three different European towns: Brussels (Belgium), Coimbra (Portugal) and Luleå (Sweden). In a recent study, a modular building was studied in Coimbra and Luleå. It was shown that in terms of CO2 emissions, the Use Stage was the most harmful stage during the building life-cycle for Coimbra climate. Contrarily, in Luleå, it was the Product Stage, despite energy consumption being higher than Coimbra, due to the way electricity and heat are generated. In the present study, two structural systems are first compared for the Belgian house: steel frame and traditional masonry. A different life-cycle scenario is taken into account for the steel frame house for the three different locations, in which the monthly temperatures, energy mix, heating and cooling systems are defined. The LCA is carried out using the basic tool described in the companion paper. It is worth recalling that the results obtained with the basic tool were verified against Pleiades+Comfie and Equer software, enabling to carry out a complete LCA, for Brussels. Our results confirm that for all the three climates, the Use Stage (Operational energy) is the most harmful period during the building life-cycle and that the energy mix of the country strongly influences the equivalent CO2 emissions related to the Use Stage (Operational carbon) and may entirely reverse the conclusions about the life-cycle carbon footprint of the building. [less ▲]

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