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See detailExperimental and theoretical studies of DyIII: radiative lifetimes and oscillator strengths of astrophysical interest
Zhang, Z. G.; Svanberg, S.; Palmeri, P. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002), 334(1), 1-10

The lifetimes of three short-lived levels belonging to the 4f(9) 6p configuration and of two long-lived levels of the 4f(9) 5d configuration of Dy iii have been measured for the first time using time ... [more ▼]

The lifetimes of three short-lived levels belonging to the 4f(9) 6p configuration and of two long-lived levels of the 4f(9) 5d configuration of Dy iii have been measured for the first time using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence techniques. They are in good agreement with theoretical values calculated within the framework of a pseudo-relativistic configuration interaction approximation. Using the experimental lifetimes and the theoretical branching fractions, a first set of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest has been obtained for Dy III. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and theoretical studies suggesting the possibility of metallic boron nitride edges in porous nanourchins
Terrones, M.; Charlier, Jean-Christophe; Gloter, A. et al

in Nano Letters (2008), 8(4), 1026-1032

We first describe the synthesis of novel and highly porous boron nitride (BN) nanospheres (100–400 nm o.d.) that exhibit a rough surface consisting of open BN nanocones and corrugated BN ribbons. The ... [more ▼]

We first describe the synthesis of novel and highly porous boron nitride (BN) nanospheres (100–400 nm o.d.) that exhibit a rough surface consisting of open BN nanocones and corrugated BN ribbons. The material was produced by reacting B2O3 with nanoporous carbon spheres under nitrogen at ca. 1750 °C. The BN nanospheres were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution electron microscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The porous BN spheres show relatively large surface areas of ca. 290 m2/g and exhibit surprisingly stable field emission properties at low turn-on voltages (e.g., 1–1.3 V/µm). We attribute these outstanding electron emission properties to the presence of finite BN ribbons located at the surface of the nanospheres (exhibiting zigzag edges), which behave like metals as confirmed by first-principles calculations. In addition, our ab initio theoretical results indicate that the work function associated to these zigzag BN ribbons is 1.3 eV lower when compared with BN-bulk material. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and theoretical transition probabilities in singly ionized gold
Biémont, Emile ULg; Blagoev, K.; Fivet, V. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2007), 380(4), 1581-1588

Absolute transition probabilities have been measured for lines originating from the 5d(9)6d and 5d(9)7s electronic configurations in the spectrum of singly ionized gold (Au II). The laser-induced ... [more ▼]

Absolute transition probabilities have been measured for lines originating from the 5d(9)6d and 5d(9)7s electronic configurations in the spectrum of singly ionized gold (Au II). The laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy has been applied to free gold atoms and ions produced by laser ablation. Absolute transition probabilities have been determined using the branching fraction and the Boltzmann plot methods. Theoretical branching fractions as well as radiative lifetime values have also been obtained by a relativistic Hartree-Fock method taking core polarization and configuration interaction effects into account. The new results are compared with previous results when available. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental anti-angiogenesis causes upregulation of genes associated with poor survival in glioblastoma.
Saidi, Ahlame; Javerzat, Sophie; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2008), 122(10), 2187-98

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are the most promising anti-angiogenic agents used increasingly in the clinic. However, to be efficient, anti-VEGF agents need to be associated with ... [more ▼]

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are the most promising anti-angiogenic agents used increasingly in the clinic. However, to be efficient, anti-VEGF agents need to be associated with classic chemotherapy. Exploring gene regulation in tumor cells during anti-angiogenesis might help to comprehend the molecular basis of response to treatment. To generate a defined anti-angiogenic condition in vivo, we transfected human glioma cells with short-interfering RNAs against VEGF-A and implanted them on the chick chorio-allantoic membrane. Gene regulation in avascular tumors was studied using human Affymetrixtrade mark GeneChips. Potentially important genes were further studied in glioma patients. Despite strong VEGF inhibition, we observed recurrent formation of small, avascular tumors. CHI3L2, IL1B, PI3/elafin and CHI3L1, which encodes for YKL-40, a putative prognosticator for various diseases, including cancer, were strongly up-regulated in avascular glioma. In glioblastoma patients, these genes showed coregulation and their expression differed significantly from low-grade glioma. Importantly, high levels of CHI3L1 (p = 0.036) and PI3/elafin mRNA (p = 0.0004) were significantly correlated with poor survival. Cox regression analysis further confirmed that PI3 and CHI3L1 levels are survival markers independent from patient age and sex. Elafin-positive tumor cells were only found in glioblastoma, where they were clustered around necrotic areas. PI3/elafin is strongly induced by serum deprivation and hypoxia in U87 glioma cells in vitro. Our results indicate that anti-angiogenesis in experimental glioma drives expression of critical genes which relate to disease aggressiveness in glioblastoma patients. In particular, CHI3L1 and PI3/elafin may be useful as new prognostic markers and new therapeutic targets. [less ▲]

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See detailAn experimental approach for synthesis of Fe-Al-O multiferroic fibrous material
Starbov, N; Starbova, K; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2012), 398

Basic principles of the electro-hydrodynamics are applied for synthesis of solid state Fe-Al-O multi-ferroic fibrous material. For that purpose stable blend spinning solutions comprised of a high ... [more ▼]

Basic principles of the electro-hydrodynamics are applied for synthesis of solid state Fe-Al-O multi-ferroic fibrous material. For that purpose stable blend spinning solutions comprised of a high molecular assisting organic polymer and salts of iron and aluminum are developed. These solutions are tested under electrospinning conditions and synthesis of homogeneous as spun non-woven mats characterized by fibre mean diameters in the microand nano-size range is successfully demonstrated. Multi-step thermal procedure is applied for the consecutive solvent evaporation, polymer pyrolisis and final fibre calcination. Electronoptical imaging technique and XRD are applied for revealing the sample morphology and the phase composition correspondingly. The results obtained outline the wide possibilities for fabrication of multi-ferroics fibrous nano-materials on the basis of Fe-Al-O. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental approach of the behavioural spawning tactics in Barbus meridionalis using paternity analysis.
Binda, O.; Poncin, Pascal ULg; Chenuil, A. et al

Poster (1997)

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See detailAn Experimental Approach to Link Powder Physical Properties to 3D Particle Shape
Califice, Arnaud ULg; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Particulate Systems Analysis 2011 (2011, September)

A series of samples have been characterized by 3D image analysis (using X-Ray microtomography). The samples consist of blends of metallic particles: steel shot abrasives (“balls”), steel fibres and ... [more ▼]

A series of samples have been characterized by 3D image analysis (using X-Ray microtomography). The samples consist of blends of metallic particles: steel shot abrasives (“balls”), steel fibres and angular steel grit particles. The blends were systematically prepared in different proportions of the raw products. Various shape and size parameters were measured on the particles: equivalent volume diameter (dV), maximum inscribed sphere diameter (dIN), particle length (maximum Feret diameter), particle elongation (El), particle flatness (Fl) etc. The results are expressed as statistical shape and size parameters, expressed both as volume and number weighted distributions. The blends have been tested for compaction using a cylindrical container which experiences a series of 500 free falls over a height of 3mm. The compaction dynamics was monitored using a sensor that measures the evolution of the solid volume fraction as a function of the tap number. From the obtained compaction curve, the Hausner ratio and a flowability index were extracted. The same blends have also been analysed using a rotating drum at different rotation speeds to analyze the evolution of the flowing angle. As the system is based on the analysis of a time sequence of 50 images (separated by 0.5 sec) it is possible to measure the intermittent character of the powder flow. The resulting measure is a cohesive index of the powder. The results obtained from physical testing were systematically plotted as a function of various statistical indices of the shape and size distributions in order to reveal correlations between particle shape properties and physical behaviour. Some clear trends appeared, demonstrating the influence of particle shape on powder physical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental arguments concerning a hydraulic connection layer during limestone convective drying
Prime, Noémie ULg; Housni, Z.; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, UNSAT 2014 (2014)

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See detailExperimental assessment of the effect of the real flame emissivity for steel elements engulfed into fire
Tondini, Nicola; Vassart, Olivier; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Babrauska, Vytenis; Grayson, Stephen; Hirschler, Marcelo (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the Fire and Materials 2013 Conference (2013)

This paper presents the results of an experimental campaign performed to assess the effect of the flame emissivity for steel members engulfed into fire. In detail, two sizes of circular steel tubes were ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of an experimental campaign performed to assess the effect of the flame emissivity for steel members engulfed into fire. In detail, two sizes of circular steel tubes were engulfed into pool fires of two different diameters. Two fuels were used and for both fuels tests without column (used as comparison with existing localised fire models) and with column were performed. The temperature of the column and of the flames were measured at different heights. The width of the flame was also measured and used to calculate the emissivity of the flame the value of which was employed in numerical simulations in order to predict the evolution of the temperature of the steel column. Comparison with numerical analyses where the recommended values of the Eurocode were used is also shown. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental astrochemistry: from ground-based to space-borne laboratories (Foreword)
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Cottin, Hervé; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2015, January), 84(4-6),

The investigation of the origin and evolution of molecules in space environments, either in interstellar or interplanetary conditions, constitutes a topic of high importance in modern space sciences. The ... [more ▼]

The investigation of the origin and evolution of molecules in space environments, either in interstellar or interplanetary conditions, constitutes a topic of high importance in modern space sciences. The presence of diversified and complex molecules motivates astrochemists to explore their formation mechanisms along with the physical conditions ruling these physico-chemical processes. Beside theoretical approaches aiming at simulating these processes, experimental techniques are nowadays frequently applied. Both laboratory and space experiment projects allow to reproduce to some extent the adequate conditions to understand some of these processes. The most recent results based on these techniques, and the prospects for future investigations, including the use of space platforms, were the scientific motivation of this workshop. These proceedings summarize a part of the content of this workshop, including abundant references to the relevant bibliography. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental campaign and modeling of a low capacity waste heat recovery system based on a single screw expander
Desideri, Adriano ULg; Van Den Broek, Martijn; Gusev, Sergei et al

in 22nd International Compressor Engineering Conference at Purdue, July 14-17, 2014 (2014)

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See detailEXPERIMENTAL CHALLENGES TO THE STANDARD MODEL: A REEVALUATION
Cudell, Jean-René ULg

Doctoral thesis (1987)

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See detailExperimental characterisation and modelling of homogeneous solid suspension in an industrial stirred tank
Calvo, Sébastien ULg; Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Advances in Mechanical Engineering (2013), Volume 2013

In this work, we study the conditions needed to reach homogeneous distribution of aluminium salts particles in water inside a torispherical bottom shaped stirred tank of 70 L equipped with a Pfaudler RCI ... [more ▼]

In this work, we study the conditions needed to reach homogeneous distribution of aluminium salts particles in water inside a torispherical bottom shaped stirred tank of 70 L equipped with a Pfaudler RCI type impeller and three equispaced vertical baffles. The aim of the present study is to develop a CFD model describing the quality of particle distribution in industrial scale tanks. This model, validated with experimental data, is used afterwards to develop scale-up and scale-down correlations to predict the minimum impeller speed needed to reach homogeneous solid distribution Nhs.The commercial CFD software Fluent 14 is used to model the fluid flow and the solid particle distribution in the tank. Sliding Mesh approach is used to take the impeller motion into account. Assuming that the discrete solid phase has no influence on the continuous liquid phase behaviour, the fluid flow dynamics is simulated independently using the well-known k-ε turbulence model. The liquid-solid mixture behaviour is then described by implementing the Eulerian Mixture model. Computed liquid velocity fields are validated by comparison with PIV measurements. ComputedNhs were found to be in good agreement with experimental measurements. Results fromdifferent scales allowed correlating Nhs values to the volumetric power consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Characterisation of Damage Occuring during Single Point Incremental Forming of a Ferritic Steel
Mertens, Anne ULg; Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) has been developed as a new dieless process for forming metal sheets. This technique appears very promising in view of the current requirements for rapid ... [more ▼]

Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) has been developed as a new dieless process for forming metal sheets. This technique appears very promising in view of the current requirements for rapid prototyping and/or small series production [1]. However, inaccuracies in the shape of the processed part and material failure constitute important limiting factors for applications. In the present research, a numerical approach, based on the damage model proposed by Gurson [2], has been chosen to analyse and optimise the process, predict the material rupture and the process limit. From experimental observations of plastic deformation and ductile fracture, damage is related to the nucleation, growth and coalescence of microvoids [3]. Gurson’s model uses the volume fraction of these voids as a main variable. Hence the determination of this value is a key factor for a correct identification and validation of the model. More particularly, the present work focuses on two different methods used to experimentally characterise damage occurring during single point incremental forming of a ferritic steel. Void measurements carried out by optical microscopy combined with image analysis have been compared with porosity values obtained from density measurements based on the Archimedes’ principle [4], so as to assess the feasibility of using this method for a quick characterisation of the damage. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental characterization and constitutive modeling of TA6V mechanical behavior in plane strain state at room temperature
Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tuninetti Vásquez, Victor ULg; Ben Bettaieb, Mohamed ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2011), 1383

This paper presents an experimental and theoretical study of the quasi-static behavior of TA6V titanium alloy in plane strain state. In order to quantify the anisotropy of the material, tests were carried ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an experimental and theoretical study of the quasi-static behavior of TA6V titanium alloy in plane strain state. In order to quantify the anisotropy of the material, tests were carried out at room temperature on specimens cut out from a sheet along three loading directions. The initial yield locus is described by the phenomenological CPB06ex3 criterion and Voce’s type isotropic hardening is used. Finite element simulations are performed and compared with the experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental characterization and elasto-plastic modeling of the quasi-static mechanical response of TA-6 V at room temperature
Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Hammami, Walid ULg; Libertiaux, Vincent ULg et al

in International Journal of Solids & Structures (2011), 48(9), 12771289

The paper presents an experimental study of the quasi-static deformation behavior of a TA-6V in sheet form. To quantify the plastic anisotropy and the tension-compression asymmetry of this material at ... [more ▼]

The paper presents an experimental study of the quasi-static deformation behavior of a TA-6V in sheet form. To quantify the plastic anisotropy and the tension-compression asymmetry of this material at room temperature, monotonic tensile and compressive tests were carried out on specimens cut out along several orientations in the plane of the sheet. It was observed that although the tensile flow stress anisotropy is very mild, the Lankford coefficients’ anisotropy is very pronounced. To describe the observed mechanical response an elastic/plastic approach was used. Yielding was described using a family of yield criteria that account for strength differential effects and allow an improved description of the anisotropy and its evolution through multiple linear transformations. Comparisons between uniaxial monotonic data and FE simulations using the model show a very good agreement. [less ▲]

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