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See detailExperimental investigation on the seismic behaviour of masonry housing in low seismicity areas
Degée, Hervé ULg; Plumier, André ULg

in Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (2006)

This contribution presents the results of an experimental investigation carried out on the shaking table of the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering of Lisbon (LNEC), in order to validate the ... [more ▼]

This contribution presents the results of an experimental investigation carried out on the shaking table of the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering of Lisbon (LNEC), in order to validate the efficiency of some constructive proposals aiming at improving the structural behaviour of non engineered masonry housing subjected to low to moderate seismic action, with rather low costs compared to traditional North-European practice. Two specimens have been tested. These specimens were two full-scale small houses with two levels. The first one was built as a traditional Belgian house, while the second included some anti-seismic technical details. The main conclusions are that both specimens were still standing at the maximum earthquake level foreseen for Belgium, but that the improved model was much less damaged regarding crack openings in the walls. Therefore the economic consequences and repair costs would be much lower with these improvements. However the maximum ground acceleration that can be sustained by the structures seems to be very little influenced by the constructional detailing. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigation on the seismic behaviour of north European masonry houses
Degée, Hervé ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Candeias, P. et al

in Proceedings of SISMICA 07, Sismic Congress (2007)

This paper presents the results of shaking table tests performed on two full-scale masonry houses typical from North-European countries. The main objective of the experimental study is to assess the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of shaking table tests performed on two full-scale masonry houses typical from North-European countries. The main objective of the experimental study is to assess the seismic behaviour of such houses for situations of low to moderate seismicity and to investigate the actual effect of some reinforcing details. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigations and analytical models for behavior of Grade 8.8 bolts and butt welds under heating and subsequent cooling
Hanus, François ULg; Zilli, Giuliana; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in kodur, venkatesh; Franssen, Jean-Marc (Eds.) Structures in Fire - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference (2010, June 03)

The present article describes the experimental tests undertaken on Grade 8.8 tests and butt welds at the Centro Sviluppo Materiali during heating or subsequent cooling, presents a model for the force ... [more ▼]

The present article describes the experimental tests undertaken on Grade 8.8 tests and butt welds at the Centro Sviluppo Materiali during heating or subsequent cooling, presents a model for the force-displacement diagram of bolts during a natural fire that integrates the influence of the temperature history, and gives values of strength reduction factors for the cooling phase [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigations of temperature and suction effects on compressibility and pre-consolidation pressure of a sandy silt
Salager, Simon; François, Bertrand ULg; El Youssoufi, M. S. et al

in Soils and Foundations (2008), 48(4), 453-466

Research interest in the thermo-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils is growing as a result of an increasing number of geomechanical problems involving both thermal and unsaturated effects. In this ... [more ▼]

Research interest in the thermo-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils is growing as a result of an increasing number of geomechanical problems involving both thermal and unsaturated effects. In this framework, this paper addresses a unified thermo-mechanical experimental study of saturated and unsaturated states and, in so doing, contributes to the understanding of the non-isothermal mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. The present experimental program has been carried out on a sandy silt called "Sion silt" using two thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) cells, one isotropic and one oedometric. The characteristics of these two cells are briefly presented, as well as the THM paths followed. The main results are presented and interpreted in the light of a suitable THM constitutive framework. The compressibility of the soil tested appears not to be affected by the temperature but decreases with a suction increase. As far as the apparent preconsolidation stress is concerned, the results show a decrease of the yield limit with increasing temperature, while a suction increase tends to enhance this limit. Finally, an analytical expression is proposed to describe the evolution of the apparent preconsolidation stress with respect to temperature and suction. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigations of the material behavior of Ti6Al4V titanium alloy
Rossi, Barbara ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Zolotas, Eric et al

Report (2011)

Computer models are widely used to support the development of conventional design methods based on expensive full-scale tests or trial and error methods. Nevertheless, in order to accurately model metal ... [more ▼]

Computer models are widely used to support the development of conventional design methods based on expensive full-scale tests or trial and error methods. Nevertheless, in order to accurately model metal forming processes as well as structural behavior of load carrying elements, it is necessary to afford an accurate knowledge of the material properties. Titanium is one of the material for which various industrial sectors such as aerospace or biomedical are showing an increasing interest. This paper presents the experimental tests performed on the titanium based alloy Ti6Al4V to investigate on its mechanical behavior, especially in terms of its anisotropy and hardening. For that purpose, a classical uniaxial and a non-standard biaxial experimental equipments designed by Florès in the Materials and Structures Mechanics Laboratory of the University of Liège have been used to perform tensile, simple shear and cyclic shear tests as well as successive simple shear and plane strain tests, which provide the main contribution of this paper in the form of stress-strain curves. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigations on non-engineered masonry houses in low to moderate seismicity areas
Degée, Hervé ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Candeias, P. et al

in Proceedings of the 14WCEE, 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (2008)

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See detailExperimental investigations on the behaviour of a composite frame after the loss of a column
Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Beale, R. G. (Ed.) Proceeding of the 6th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures (2007, July 24)

Recent events such as natural catastrophes or terrorism attacks have highlighted the necessity to ensure the structural integrity of buildings under exceptional loading, i.e. other accidental loads than ... [more ▼]

Recent events such as natural catastrophes or terrorism attacks have highlighted the necessity to ensure the structural integrity of buildings under exceptional loading, i.e. other accidental loads than those already taken into consideration in the design process. According to Eurocodes and some other national design codes, the structural integrity of civil engineering structures should be ensured through appropriate measures but, in most of the cases, no precise practical guidelines on how to achieve this goal are provided. Even basic requirements to fulfil are generally not clearly expressed. An European RFCS project called “Robust structures by joint ductility” has been set up in 2004, for three years, with the aim to provide requirements and practical guidelines allowing to ensure the structural integrity of steel and composite structures under exceptional loading through an appropriate robustness. This project involves analytical, numerical and experimental investigations; in particular, one substructure test simulating the loss of a column in a composite building, because of an unexpected impact, was performed in September 2006 at the University of Liège. This paper describes the experimental test carried out at the University of Liège, as part of this European project, and the first interpretation of the results. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental irreversible passive energy transfer in coupled nonlinear oscillators
McFarland, D. Michael; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Kowtko, Jeffrey J. et al

in Fifth EUROMECH Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, Eindhoven, 2005 (2005, August)

Experimental verification of passive nonlinear energy pumping in two configurations of coupled oscillators with essential nonlinearities is carried out. In the experiments presented the nonlinear ... [more ▼]

Experimental verification of passive nonlinear energy pumping in two configurations of coupled oscillators with essential nonlinearities is carried out. In the experiments presented the nonlinear attachment interacts with a single linear mode, and passive targeted energy transfer occurs at a single ‘fast’ frequency in the neighborhood of the eigen frequency of a linear mode. Good agreement between simulated and experimental results is observed, in spite of the strongly (essentially) nonlinear and transient nature of the dynamics of the systems considered. The experiments bear out earlier predictions that a significant fraction of the energy introduced directly to a linear structure by an external impulsive (broadband) load can be transferred (pumped) to an essentially nonlinear attachment, and dissipated there locally without spreading back to the system. In addition, the reported experimental results confirm that (a) nonlinear energy pumping in systems of coupled oscillators can occur only above a certain threshold of the input energy, and (b) there is an optimal value of the energy input at which a maximum portion of the energy is absorbed and dissipated at the NES. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental lifetime determination in neutral praseodymium (Pr I) and neodymium (Nd I)
Biémont, Emile ULg; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Svanberg, S. et al

in Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (2004), 37(7), 1381-1389

Radiative lifetime measurements have been performed, with a time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique, for 18 even-parity levels of Pr I and 15 odd-parity levels of Nd I. The new results are ... [more ▼]

Radiative lifetime measurements have been performed, with a time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique, for 18 even-parity levels of Pr I and 15 odd-parity levels of Nd I. The new results are compared with the few experimental data available in the literature and good agreement is found. However, fragmentary knowledge of the spectra prevents reliable calculation of branching fractions and calls for additional laboratory efforts in order to provide the astrophysicists with reliable transition probabilities needed for investigating the magnetic fields in chemically peculiar stars. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental M1 Transition Rates in Highly Charged Krypton Ions
Träbert, E.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Brown, G. V. et al

in Physical Review. A (2001), 64

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See detailExperimental method for the assessment of agricultural spray retention based on high-speed imaging of drop impact on a synthetic superhydrophobic surface
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Biosystems Engineering (2012), 112(1), 56-64

Spray retention is a critical stage in pesticide application since non-retained drops can result in reduced efficacy, economic loss and environmental contamination. Current methods of retention assessment ... [more ▼]

Spray retention is a critical stage in pesticide application since non-retained drops can result in reduced efficacy, economic loss and environmental contamination. Current methods of retention assessment are based either on field experiments or laboratory studies. The former are usually performed on whole plants under realistic spray application conditions but offer no insight into the physics behind the process whilst the latter mainly focus on drop impact physics but are usually restricted to unrealistically low drop speeds. The aim of the paper is to devise an experimental method to investigate retention at drop scale level as a function of operational parameters but under controlled realistic conditions. A device based on highspeed video was developed to study retention on a synthetic superhydrophobic surface for a moving agricultural nozzle. The sizes and velocities of the drops generated were measured immediately before impact using image analysis. Impact class proportions were established and transition boundaries between impact outcomes were quantified using Weber number. Two contrasting experiments were performed to investigate the ability of method to detect small parametric changes. The insignificant changes in spray pattern that occur from pressure changes, did not significantly affect impact class boundaries, but changed the proportion of drops in each class because of size and velocity variations. The use of a surfactant reduced the volume median diameter of the spray, increased impact speed and changed the impact class boundaries. The method should allow a precise parametric investigation of spray retention in laboratory and close to field conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental methods for Lode angle characterization in ductile fracture
Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2013)

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See detailExperimental modal analysis of a beam travelled by a moving mass using Hilbert Vibration Decomposition
Bertha, Mathieu ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2014, July)

In this paper the problem of modal identification of time-varying system is investigated. To do so, a technique based on the sifting process of the Hilbert Vibration Decomposition (HVD) method is ... [more ▼]

In this paper the problem of modal identification of time-varying system is investigated. To do so, a technique based on the sifting process of the Hilbert Vibration Decomposition (HVD) method is presented. The key idea is to estimate the instantaneous frequency of the dominant mode, to extract its corresponding component by demodulation of the recorded signals and then to iterate with the subsequent dominant mode. In the case of multiple recorded signals, a source separation method is used as a preprocessing step to facilitate the identification of the instantaneous frequency for the following demodulation step. To illustrate the method, an experimental set-up consisting in a beam travelled by a non negligible mass is considered. The whole structure is randomly excited during the travel of the mass and some responses on the beam are recorded. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental modal analysis of nonlinear structures using broadband data
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements collected under broadband forcing. The use of such a type of forcing signal allows to excite multiple NNMs simultaneously and, in turn, to save testing time. A two-step methodology integrating nonlinear system identification and numerical continuation of periodic solutions is proposed for the extraction of the individual NNMs from broadband input and output data. It is demonstrated using a numerical cantilever beam possessing a cubic nonlinearity at its free end. The proposed methodology can be viewed as a nonlinear generalization of the phase separation techniques routinely utilized for experimental modal analysis of linear structures. The paper ends with a comparison between this new nonlinear phase separation technique and a previously-developed nonlinear phase resonance method. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental modal analysis of nonlinear vibrating structures using nonlinear normal modes
Peeters, Maxime ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in IV European Conference on Computational Mechanics, Paris, 2010 (2010)

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See detailExperimental modal analysis using blind source separation techniques
Poncelet, Fabien ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, Leuven, 2006 (2006)

Recently, statistical and empirical signal processing techniques such as the proper orthogonal decomposition and the Hilbert-Huang transform have shown promise for structural system identification. In the ... [more ▼]

Recently, statistical and empirical signal processing techniques such as the proper orthogonal decomposition and the Hilbert-Huang transform have shown promise for structural system identification. In the present study, experimental modal analysis is carried out by employing blind source separation techniques and by interpreting the response of a mechanical system as a static mixture of sources. Specifically, it is shown under which circumstances the normal coordinates of the vibration modes may be interpreted as virtual sources. The advantages and limitations of the proposed method will be discussed, and the procedure will be demonstrated using numerical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental model for the study by chemiluminescence of the activation of isolated equine leucocytes.
Benbarek, H.; Deby, Ginette ULg; Deby, C. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (1996), 61(1), 59-64

The activation of human polymorphonuclear leucocytes (the respiratory burst) can be studied by measuring their chemiluminescent response. This technique was adapted to equine leucocytes to investigate the ... [more ▼]

The activation of human polymorphonuclear leucocytes (the respiratory burst) can be studied by measuring their chemiluminescent response. This technique was adapted to equine leucocytes to investigate the effects of cell number, activator concentration, enhancers of chemiluminescence, pH, temperature and inhibitors. Leucocytes were isolated from citrated blood from healthy horses and chemiluminescence was measured with a Bio-Orbit luminometer sensitive to 900 nm light. The optimal cell density for the maximal chemiluminescent response ranged from 10(6) to 10(7) leucocytes 600 microliters-1. Chemiluminescence increased as a function of temperature, and the concentrations of luminol, lucigenin and phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), and was pH related (optimal pH value = 8.0 for lucigenin and 8.5 for luminol). The inhibition of chemiluminescence by 5 x 10(-5) M azide was 88 per cent for luminol and 37 per cent for lucigenin. Superoxide dismutase (100 IU) totally inhibited the chemiluminescence response. Approximately 30 per cent variability in chemiluminescence was observed under the same assay conditions, depending on the origin of the leucocytes. Based on these results, the conditions selected for the measurement of equine leucocyte chemiluminescence were: 10(6) to 10(7) leucocytes 600 microliters-1, 1 x 10(-6)M PMA, 1 mM luminol or 0.4 mM lucigenin, physiological pH (7.4) and physiological temperature (37.8 degrees C). These conditions were similar to those used for measuring the chemiluminescent response of human leucocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental model of equine alveolar macrophage stimulation with TLR ligands.
Waldschmidt, Ingrid; Pirottin, Dimitri ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2013), 155(1-2), 30-37

Pulmonary diseases are common in horses and have a major economic impact on the equine industry. Some of them could be associated with an inadequate immune response in the lung, but methods to evaluate ... [more ▼]

Pulmonary diseases are common in horses and have a major economic impact on the equine industry. Some of them could be associated with an inadequate immune response in the lung, but methods to evaluate this response in horses are lacking. The aim of this study was to develop and validate an experimental model that could be applied in several physiological and pathological conditions to assess the innate immune response of equine pulmonary cells. Equine alveolar macrophages (AMs) obtained from bronchoalveolar lavages were isolated from other cells by adhesion. TLR2, 3, and 4 expression in AMs was studied and their responses to commercial ligands (respectively FSL-1, Poly(I:C), and LPS) were evaluated after determination of the appropriate dose and time of incubation. TLR responses were assessed by measuring cytokine production using (1) gene expression of TNFalpha, IFNbeta, Il-1beta, and IFNalpha by qPCR (indirect method); and (2) cytokine production for TNFalpha and IFNbeta by ELISA (direct method). TLR 2, 3, and 4 were expressed by AMs. TLR 2 stimulation with 10ng/mL of FSL-1 during 3h significantly increased IL-1beta and TNFalpha gene expression. TLR 3 stimulation with 1000ng/mL of Poly(I:C) during 1h increased IFNbeta, IFNalpha, Il-1beta and TNFalpha expression. TLR 4 stimulation with 100ng/mL of LPS during 3h increased TNFalpha, IFNbeta, and Il-1beta expression. Results obtained by ELISA quantification of TNFalpha and IFNbeta produced by AMs following stimulation during 6h were similar: FSL-1 increased TNFalpha production but not IFNbeta, Poly(I:C) and LPS increased production of IFNbeta and TNFalpha. In conclusion, pulmonary innate immunity of horses can be assessed ex vivo by measuring cytokine production following stimulation of AMs with TLR agonists. This experimental model could be applied under several conditions especially to improve the understanding of equine respiratory disease pathogenesis, and to suggest novel therapeutic opportunities. [less ▲]

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