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See detailThe adapted augmented Lagrangian method: a new method for the resolution of the mechanical frictional contact problem
Bussetta, Philippe ULg; Daniel, Marceau; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Computational Mechanics (2012), 49(2), 259-275

The aim of this work is to propose a new numerical method for solving the mechanical frictional contact problem in the general case of multi-bodies in a three dimensional space. This method is called ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to propose a new numerical method for solving the mechanical frictional contact problem in the general case of multi-bodies in a three dimensional space. This method is called adapted augmented Lagrangian method (AALM) and can be used in a multi-physical context (like thermo-electro-mechanical fields problems). This paper presents this new method and its advantages over other classical methods such as penalty method (PM), adapted penalty method (APM) and, augmented Lagrangian method (ALM). In addition, the efficiency and the reliability of the AALM are proved with some academic problems and an industrial thermo-electromechanical problem. [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 detailThe limits of the economic value in measuring the global performance of social innovation
Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg; Marée, Michel ULg

in Nicholls Alex; Murdock Alex (Eds.) Social innovation : Blurring boundaries to reconfigure markets (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 detailConsumer valuation of improved rice parboiling technologies in Benin
Matty, Demont; Zossou, Enangnon ULg; Pieter, Rutsaert et al

in Food Quality & Preference (2012), 23(1), 63-70

In Benin, traditional parboiling is still widely practiced among rice processors, resulting in inferior grain quality. A new parboiler was introduced to improve the milling yield and intrinsic quality of ... [more ▼]

In Benin, traditional parboiling is still widely practiced among rice processors, resulting in inferior grain quality. A new parboiler was introduced to improve the milling yield and intrinsic quality of local rice. We conducted Vickrey second price auctions to elicit rural Beninese consumers’ willingness to pay for rice obtained through the new parboiler and two locally innovated parboilers. The individual auctions were followed by a group discussion during which consensus was reached on socially acceptable prices. Relative to traditionally parboiled rice, consumers were willing to pay price premiums of 9–13% for rice obtained through a local parboiler using a container of which the bottom is a perforated metal, 27% for rice obtained through a local parboiler using wooden sticks at the bottom of the pot, and 25–34% for rice parboiled through the improved parboiler. Bids were influenced by the presentation order of the products according to perceived quality. Bids were also higher when participants had been informed on the benefits of improved parboiling techniques, which is a crucial insight for developing marketing and communication strategies for this improved quality product. Group bids were not significantly different from individual bids which suggests that the latter are within the range of socially acceptable prices defined through group consensus. [less ▲]

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See detailTitan airglow: FUV and EUV 2009 UVIS spectra of airglow during day, night and eclipse
Ajello, J.M.; Stevens, M.; West, R. et al

Conference (2012, January)

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See detailCinéma 3D: d'une révolution à l'autre
Thonon, Jonathan ULg

E-print/Working paper (2012)

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See detailUnsteady Navier-Stokes simulation of low-Reynolds stall flutter
Yabili, Sacha ULg; Smith, Marilyn; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Proceedings of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (2012, January)

A solver has been developed within the OpenFoam framework to compute large amplitude motion of two-dimensional rigid configurations. The results obtained with this code were successfully validated on ... [more ▼]

A solver has been developed within the OpenFoam framework to compute large amplitude motion of two-dimensional rigid configurations. The results obtained with this code were successfully validated on rigid airfoils at static and dynamic conditions, as well as correlated with experimental data and numerical solutions from similar unsteady solvers. The results demonstrate that current computational methods are, within the constraints imposed by spatial grids, temporal integration and turbulence modeling, capable of capturing the self-sustained oscillations characterizing stall flutter event with reasonable accuracy, including the mechanisms of energy transfer. [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 detailIntense physical exercise related to the emergent generation of cardiovascular risk markers: a 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 detailMultilocus-based phylogeny and species recognition within the cosmopolitan Peltigera neopolydactyla-dolichorhiza complex
Magain, Nicolas ULg; Miadlikowska, Jolanta; Lutzoni, François et al

Poster (2012, January)

The Peltigera neopolydactyla/dolichorhiza complex is broadly distributed, growing in boreal and temperate regions from northern Norway to southern Chile, as well as in tropical mountains. Observed ... [more ▼]

The Peltigera neopolydactyla/dolichorhiza complex is broadly distributed, growing in boreal and temperate regions from northern Norway to southern Chile, as well as in tropical mountains. Observed morphotype and chemotype variation within this complex suggested the presence of multiple undescribed species. We inferred the phylogeny of Peltigera section Polydactylon with a special focus on the Peltigera neopolydactyla/dolichorhiza complex to determine the full breadth of this species complex, and to assess if taxa from different parts of the worlds but with similar morphological features share a most recent common ancestor. About 525 ITS sequences representing 104 distinct haplotypes were generated for representatives of Peltigera section Polydactylon. We selected a representative of each broadly defined phylotype for which three protein-coding loci: RPB1.1, b-tubulin and EFT2.1 were sequenced. Each of the three protein coding loci provided equivalent or more resolution and support than the ITS locus. The greatest proportion of significantly supported nodes across the tree resulted from β-tubulin alone. Many specimens identified as P. neopolydactyla and P. dolichorhiza are placed outside of this species complex. As currently defined both species represent polyphyletic assemblages of taxa including several potentially undescribed species. Our phylogenies suggest the presence of putatively new species within several complexes across the section. [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 detailTransfer of drug dissolution testing by statistical approaches: Case Study
AL-Kamarany, M. A.; EL Karbane, M.; Ridouan, K. et al

in Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal (2012), 20(1), 93101

The analytical transfer is a complete process that consists in transferring an analytical procedure from a sending laboratory to a receiving laboratory. After having experimentally demonstrated that also ... [more ▼]

The analytical transfer is a complete process that consists in transferring an analytical procedure from a sending laboratory to a receiving laboratory. After having experimentally demonstrated that also masters the procedure in order to avoid problems in the future. Method of transfers is now commonplace during the life cycle of analytical method in the pharmaceutical industry. No official guideline exists for a transfer methodology in pharmaceutical analysis and the regulatory word of transfer is more ambiguous than for validation. Therefore, in this study, Gauge repeatability and reproducibility (R&R) studies associated with other multivariate statistics appropriates were successfully applied for the transfer of the dissolution test of diclofenac sodium as a case study from a sending laboratory A (accredited laboratory) to a receiving laboratory B. The HPLC method for the determination of the percent release of diclofenac sodium in solid pharmaceutical forms (one is the discovered product and another generic) was validated using accuracy profile (total error) in the sender laboratory A. The results showed that the receiver laboratory B masters the test dissolution process, using the sameHPLC analytical procedure developed in laboratory A. In conclusion, if the sender used the total error to validate its analytical method, dissolution test can be successfully transferred without mastering the analytical method validation by receiving laboratory B and the pharmaceutical analysis method state should be maintained to ensure the same reliable results in the receiving laboratory. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CphAII protein from Aquifex aeolicus exhibits a metal-dependent phosphodiesterase activity
Kupper, Michaël; Bauvois, Cédric; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Extremophiles : Life Under Extreme Conditions (2012), 16(1)

The CphAII protein from the hyperthermophile Aquifex aeolicus shows the five conserved motifs of the metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) superfamily and presents 28% identity with the Aeromonas hydrophila subclass ... [more ▼]

The CphAII protein from the hyperthermophile Aquifex aeolicus shows the five conserved motifs of the metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) superfamily and presents 28% identity with the Aeromonas hydrophila subclass B2 CphA MBL. The gene encoding CphAII was amplified by PCR from the A. aeolicus genomic DNA and overexpressed in Escherichia coli using a pLex-based expression system. The recombinant CphAII protein was purified by a combination of heating (to denature E. coli proteins) and two steps of immobilized metal affinity chromatography. The purified enzyme preparation did not exhibit a β-lactamase activity but showed a metal-dependent phosphodiesterase activity versus bis-p-nitrophenyl phosphate and thymidine 5'-monophosphate p-nitrophenyl ester, with an optimum at 85°C. The circular dichroism spectrum was in agreement with the percentage of secondary structures characteristic of the MBL αββα fold. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalgésie péridurale obstétricale et lombalgie du post-partum: un lien de cause à effet?
CHARLIER, Vanessa ULg; Brichant, Géraldine ULg; DEWANDRE, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(1), 16-20

backache is a common problem in the general population. the prevalence of backpain is increased during pregnancy and after delivery. early studies have suggested that labor epidural analgesia might be ... [more ▼]

backache is a common problem in the general population. the prevalence of backpain is increased during pregnancy and after delivery. early studies have suggested that labor epidural analgesia might be associated with an increased incidence of backache in the postpartum period. However, these initial studies were retrospective and their design included several methodological deficiencies. All the prospective studies published afterwards (prospective cohort studies and 3 ran- domized controlled trials) yield the same result : there is no relationship between labor epidural analgesia and long-term postpartum backpain. pregnant women must be aware of this in order to make an informed and appropriate choice about labor epidural analgesia, the most effective technique for intra- partum pain relief. [less ▲]

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See detailSerial FEM/XFEM-Based Update of Preoperative Brain Images Using Intraoperative MRI
Vigneron, Lara; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Warfield, Simon et al

in International Journal of Biomedical Imaging (2012), 2012

Current neuronavigation systems cannot adapt to changing intraoperative conditions over time. To overcome this limitation, we present an experimental end-to-end system capable of updating 3D preoperative ... [more ▼]

Current neuronavigation systems cannot adapt to changing intraoperative conditions over time. To overcome this limitation, we present an experimental end-to-end system capable of updating 3D preoperative images in the presence of brain shift and successive resections. The heart of our system is a nonrigid registration technique using a biomechanical model, driven by the deformations of key surfaces tracked in successive intraoperative images. The biomechanical model is deformed using FEM or XFEM, depending on the type of deformation under consideration, namely brain shift or resection. We describe the operation of our system on two patient cases, each comprising ¯ve intraoperative MR images, and demonstrate that our approach significantly improves the alignment of nonrigidly registered images. [less ▲]

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See detailProbability of detection and positioning error of a hydro acoustic telemetry system in a fast-flowing river: intrinsic and environmental determinants
Bergé, Julien; Capra, Hervé; Pella, Hervé et al

in Fisheries Research (2012), 125-126

In situ fixed acoustic telemetry methods make it possible to study simultaneously the detailed movements of individual fish and their relationship to the environment, but the properties of these methods ... [more ▼]

In situ fixed acoustic telemetry methods make it possible to study simultaneously the detailed movements of individual fish and their relationship to the environment, but the properties of these methods is little known in harsh physical conditions. We examined the probability of tag detection by the system and the positioning error for detected tags of an existing telemetry system installed with 32 fixed hydrophones in a reach of the fast-flowing Rhône River in France. The reach was 1.8 km long and had heterogeneous thermal and hydraulic conditions described by a two-dimensional hydraulic model. We compared positions detected by the system with true positions estimated using a tachometer or a differential GPS, for various sets of experimental tag emissions. We analyzed how the probability of detection and the positioning error were affected by user-defined variables and three groups of environmental variables describing the configuration of the hydrophones around tag position, the physical environment at tag position and the reception quality. Tag emissions from the center channel had an average probability of detection (40-50%) higher than emissions originating from positions close to the banks, and were positioned with smaller average errors (3-5 m). The probability of detection of emissions typically varied between near 0% and 80% with configuration variables (density of surrounding hydrophones and location of tag relative to the hydrophones) and also decreased in the presence of coarse substrate. The positioning error was mainly reduced when user-defined variables of the triangulation software were set by an expert user. Configuration variables also influenced the positioning error with weaker effects than those observed for detection probability. [less ▲]

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