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See detailEffect of concrete surface treatment on adhesion in repair systems
Garbacz, A.; Gorka, M.; Courard, Luc ULg

in Magazine of Concrete Research (2005), 57(1), 49-60

Existing concrete surfaces need to be roughened to a profile necessary to achieve mechanical interlocking with any repair material. In this study, different surface treatments (e.g. grinding, sandblasting ... [more ▼]

Existing concrete surfaces need to be roughened to a profile necessary to achieve mechanical interlocking with any repair material. In this study, different surface treatments (e.g. grinding, sandblasting, shotblasting, hand- and mechanical milling) were performed and the quality of the preparation established on the basis of three main parameters: surface geometry, superficial concrete microcracking and adhesion. Surface geometry was characterised on the basis of the measurement of surface profile-profilometry-and the analysis of statistical and amplitude parameters calculated from the waviness (lower frequencies) and the roughness (higher frequencies) profiles of the surface. Investigations were also performed to assess the quality of the superficial zone of concrete and cracks were systematically observed in relation to surface treatment where both scanning electron microscopy and light microscopy were used for analysis. Finally, a repair mortar with or without bond coat, was applied to the concrete substrates in order to measure adhesion. Relationships clearly show the effect of roughness on adhesion in the case where no bond coat was used and also the influence of the power of the surface treatment on the waviness shape of the profile and the presence of microcracks in the near-surface layer related to failure type. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of continuous galvanizing thermal cycle on the microstructure and mechanical properties of two multiphase TRIP-assisted steels
Mertens, Anne ULg; McDermid, Joseph R.

in Proceedings of the MS&T'05 Conference (2005, September)

Multiphase TRIP assisted-steels are particularly attractive for the automotive industry, as they exhibit an exceptional strength-ductility balance which is attained through the combination of a complex ... [more ▼]

Multiphase TRIP assisted-steels are particularly attractive for the automotive industry, as they exhibit an exceptional strength-ductility balance which is attained through the combination of a complex microstructure and of a TRIP effect, i.e. the mechanically induced transformation of metastable retained austenite. This multiphase microstructure - and particularly the retention of metastable austenite - is obtained through the combination of appropriate chemistry and processing conditions, i.e an intercritical annealing followed by an isothermal hold in the temperature range for bainite formation. It has been established that this second step is important in controlling austenite retention and hence the mechanical properties. In the present work, the effect of heat treatment cycles compatible with the continuous hot dip galvanizing process, namely a high bainitic dwell temperature, on the microstructure and mechanical properties of two multiphase TRIP-assisted steel grades - one Si-alloyed grade and one mixed Si-Al grade - has been studied. It was shown that bainite formation in the Si-alloyed grade was too slow to bring about the retention of a significant amount of austenite down to room temperature. The mixed Al-Si grade, on the other hand, exhibited faster bainite formation kinetics under heat treatment conditions compatible with the CGL process, such that it is possible to retain a significant amount of austenite. The partial substitution of silicon by aluminum appears thus a promising path for the production of galvanized TRIP-assisted steels. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of continuous galvanizing thermal cycle on the microstructure and mechanical properties of two multiphase TRIP-assisted steels
Mertens, Anne ULg; Bellhouse, Erika M.; Fourmentin, Richard et al

Scientific conference (2005, June 28)

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See detailEffect of convective outer layers modeling on non-adiabatic seismic observables of delta Scuti stars
Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 470

Context: The identification of pulsation modes in delta Scuti stars is mandatory for constraining the theoretical stellar models. The non-adiabatic observables used in the photometric identification ... [more ▼]

Context: The identification of pulsation modes in delta Scuti stars is mandatory for constraining the theoretical stellar models. The non-adiabatic observables used in the photometric identification methods depend, however, on convection modeling in the external layers. Aims: We determine how the treatment of convection in the atmospheric and sub-atmospheric layers affects the mode identification and what information about the thermal structure of the external layers can be obtained from amplitude ratios and phase lags in Strömgren photometric bands. Methods: We derive non-adiabatic parameters for delta Scuti stars by using, for the first time, stellar models with the same treatment of convection in the interior and in the atmosphere. We compute classical non-gray mixing length models, and as well non-gray ``full spectrum of turbulence'' (FST) models. Furthermore, we compute the photometric amplitudes and phases of pulsation by using the colors and the limb-darkening coefficients as derived from the same atmosphere models as used in the stellar modeling. Results: We show that the non-adiabatic phase-lag is mainly sensitive to the thermal gradients in the external layers, hence to the treatment of convection, and that this sensitivity is also clearly reflected in the multi-color photometric phase differences. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of conventional controlled-rate freezing and vitrification on quality of bovine blasotcysts produced in vitro
Kaidi, Safia; Bernard, S.; Lambert, Philippe ULg et al

in Biology of Reproduction (2001), 65

This study compares the effects of conventional controlled-rate freezing and vitrification on the morphology and metabolism of in vitro-produced bovine blastocysts. Day 7 expanded blastocysts cultured in ... [more ▼]

This study compares the effects of conventional controlled-rate freezing and vitrification on the morphology and metabolism of in vitro-produced bovine blastocysts. Day 7 expanded blastocysts cultured in synthetic oviduct fluid with 5% fetal calf serum were frozen in 1.36 M glycerol, 0.25 M sucrose or vitrified in 25% glycerol, 25% ethylene glycol. Cell alterations and in vitro development were evaluated immediately after thawing or after 72 h. The effect of cryopreservation on inner cell mass and trophectoderm (TE) cell number as well as glucose, pyruvate, and oxygen uptakes, and lactate release by blastocysts were evaluated. Immediately after thawing, blastocysts showed equivalent cell membrane permeabilization after both cryopreservation procedures, while alterations in nuclear staining were more frequent in vitrified embryos. After culture, similar survival and hatching rates were observed. Both procedures decreased cell number immediately after thawing and after 72 h. However, the number of TE cells was lower in frozen embryos than in vitrified ones. In relation to this, frozen blastocysts showed a decrease in glucose, pyruvate, and oxygen uptake, although those parameters were not altered in vitrified embryos. An increased glycolytic activity was also observed in frozen embryos, indicating a stress response to this procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of cooling on the behaviour of a steel beam under fire loading including the end joint response
Simoes da Silva, Luis; Santiago, Aldina; Vila Real, Paulo et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing (2003)

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See detailEffect of corn steep liquor supplementation and scale up on Lactococcus starter production.
Hamdi, M.; Hamza, S.; Mtimet, N. et al

in Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering (2000), 22

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See detailEffect of correlations on the momentum distribution of protons in 208Pb
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Mahaux, Claude ULg; Ngô, Hélène

in Nuclear Physics A (1986), 452

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See detailEffect of crisis of recurrent airway obstruction on indices of oxidative stress in the bronchoalveolar lavage of horses
Art, Tatiana ULg; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Smith, N. et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1998)

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See detailEffect of cross country on plasma levels of myeloperoxidase in saddle ponies
Art, Tatiana ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Gangl, M. et al

in Abstracts book of iceep (2006)

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See detailThe effect of culture on businesses' perception of CSR
Dufays, Frédéric ULg

Master's dissertation (2005)

Numerous interpretations regarding the content, the form, and the rationale for CSR co-exist despite the publication of international codes of conduct such as the U.N. Global Compact. The variety in ... [more ▼]

Numerous interpretations regarding the content, the form, and the rationale for CSR co-exist despite the publication of international codes of conduct such as the U.N. Global Compact. The variety in perceptions of CSR can be explained by a number of factors: individual characteristics such as gender, age, and personal values; organisational characteristics such as firm size and organisational culture; and environmental factors such as industry and national institutions. The latter factor lies at the core of this thesis, which attempts to evaluate the influence of culture, i.e. informal institution, on the perception of CSR by using Hofstede’s cultural values framework. Annual reports and CSR reports and corporate web pages of thirty large corporations issued from two industries and three countries are systematically reviewed. Besides an important industry effect, several relationships between culture and the perception of CSR can be observed, though their direction is sometimes contrary to expectations or unclear. Summing up, firms perceive they need a broader commitment to CSR to acquire their social license to operate in stronger uncertainty avoidance, less masculine and less individualistic countries. Lower individualism, lower masculinity, and higher uncertainty avoidance indexes are associated with a perception of CSR as a strategy resulting in net benefits. Overall, this thesis contributes to the argument against the universality of CSR in the academic debate and shows the necessity to consider culture and industry in analysing CSR. It also insists on the importance of industrial recipes and isomorphism in integrating CSR in businesses’ corporate strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of current flow on bipolar plate/gas diffusion layer interfacial contact resistance in Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells (PEMFC)
Stergiopoulos, Vaios ULg; Lafort, Adeline; Maseri, Fabrizio et al

in Proceedings of the Fundamentals and Development of Fuel cells 2013 conference (2013, April)

Stainless steel bipolar plates can be excellent alternative to graphite bipolar plates since they display better mechanical properties and the manufacturing procedure is easier and cheaper. However, they ... [more ▼]

Stainless steel bipolar plates can be excellent alternative to graphite bipolar plates since they display better mechanical properties and the manufacturing procedure is easier and cheaper. However, they are chemically instable in the corrosive environment of PEMFCs, and a thin oxide layer is developed on the plate’s surface. This layer causes a significant increase in the interfacial contact resistance (ICR) between the plates and gas diffusion layers. In an effort to characterize various stainless steel samples, before and after their exposure to the corrosive environment of a PEMFC, the interfacial contact resistance (ICR) between the plates and a commercial gas diffusion layer (GDL) was studied as a function of the pressure applied on the assembly. The ICR was studied in the range of 0-500 N/cm2 of pressure applied to the assembly; the ICR value was determined by means of galvanostatic potentiometry, where a constant current is applied to the assembly and the average value of the potential over time is recorded. The ICR is then calculated, after appropriate simplifications, as: ICR = Rtot = Iapplied / Vmonitored (1) It was observed that, besides the expected exponential reduction of ICR versus pressure, the value of the current applied to the assembly impacted greatly the obtained values for the ICR, irrespective of the applied pressure. This indicates that the observed phenomenon is not caused by any morphological changes on the interface. A possible explanation is that, at higher currents, the temperature increases locally due to ohmic heating, inducing thus changes in the GDL’s resistivity. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of cyclodextrin derivatives on bronchial epithelial cell layer permeability
Belhadj-Salem, Leila; Bosquillon, Cynthia; Delattre, Luc ULg et al

Poster (2007)

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See detailThe Effect of Cyclodextrins on the Aqueous Solubility of a New Mmp Inhibitor: Phase Solubility, 1 H-Nmr Spectroscopy and Molecular Modeling Studies, Preparation and Stability Study of Nebulizable Solutions
Bertholet, Pascal; Guéders, Maud ULg; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences : A Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005), 8(2), 164-175

PURPOSE: Ro 28-2653 (RO) is a synthetic inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which is potentially effective against bronchial remodeling. Given that this molecule has very poor aqueous ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Ro 28-2653 (RO) is a synthetic inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which is potentially effective against bronchial remodeling. Given that this molecule has very poor aqueous solubility, different cyclodextrins (CDs) have been tested to increase its solubility. The aim of this study was to prepare and to characterize inclusion complexes between RO and CDs, in order to develop nebulizable solutions. METHODS: The complex formation was investigated by phase solubility studies. (1)H-NMR spectroscopy and molecular modeling studies were carried out to elucidate the structure of the inclusion complex between RO and dimethyl-beta-CD (DIMEB). Nebulizable solutions of RO were developed with CDs and a stability study was performed over 9 months. RESULTS: The phase solubility studies showed that beta-CD and its derivatives form a 1:2 complex with RO, whereas gamma-CD includes RO with a 1:1 stoichiometry and a weak stability constant. T-ROESY spectra showed that DIMEB is able to complex two RO substituents (nitrophenyl and biphenyl groups) with preferential orientations, while molecular modeling demonstrated that the configurations observed with (1)H-NMR are energetically favorable, especially owing to H-bond formation between RO and DIMEB. Two CDs were selected to develop nebulizable solutions of RO and the stability study demonstrated that RO degradation in solution is strongly dependent on the concentration of the 1:2 inclusion complex. CONCLUSIONS: CDs are able to include RO and to improve its aqueous solubility. The beta-CD derivatives can be used to formulate nebulizable solutions of RO, the stability of which depends on the concentration of the 1:2 complex. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of cyclodextrins on the membrane permeability of liposomes
Piel, Géraldine ULg; Piette, Marie ULg; Barillaro, Valery et al

Poster (2005, November)

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