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See detailMultiscale approach of fish responses to different types of environmental contaminations: A case study
Mayon, N.; Bertrand, Annick ULg; Leroy, Delphine ULg et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2006), 367(2-3), 715-731

In order to study the responses of wild fish to environmental contaminations, different sites (two references and three contaminated) were sampled across the Walloon hydrographical network (southern ... [more ▼]

In order to study the responses of wild fish to environmental contaminations, different sites (two references and three contaminated) were sampled across the Walloon hydrographical network (southern Belgium). The status of fish communities was characterized according to an index of biotic integrity (1131). Furthermore, population structure, reproductive parameters and biochemical assays were performed on chub (Leuciscus cephalus) as sentinel species. The results showed impaired responses in fish sampled downstream paper mill effluents (BKME), in a polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contaminated site, and in a river receiving pesticides (i.e. atrazine and hexachlorocyclohexane). High level of hepatic 7-ethoxyresorufin-Odeethylase (EROD) activity were evidence of direct toxicant exposure, while population structures showed unbalanced size-frequency distributions. Moreover, in the pesticide contaminated site, a higher proportion of atretic oocytes was found in females and abnormally high plasma alkali-labile phosphorus (ALP) values were noticed in males, compared to reference sites, suggesting that chubs were exposed to estrogenic compounds. IBI scores from both sites were also lower than in reference sites. On the other hand, no particular response was found in hepatic glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activities, hepatic heat-shock protein HSP70 concentrations and plasma sex steroids (estradiol-17 beta, 11-ketotestosterone and testosterone) in chubs from any sites. By using a multiparametric approach, a better understanding of response mechanisms to pollution in fish may be achieved in order to improve the ecological status of river ecosystems. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Approaches
Duchene, Laurent ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg

in Chinesta, F.; Cueto, E. (Eds.) Advances in Material Forming - Esaform 10 years on (2007)

This paper presents a review of the main families of multiscale models. A first group of models is interested in an accurate modelling of the texture induced anisotropy of the material during numerical ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a review of the main families of multiscale models. A first group of models is interested in an accurate modelling of the texture induced anisotropy of the material during numerical simulations. The differences between the proposed models are mainly due to different choices concerning the necessary compromise between the importance of the microscopic roots of the model and the maximum admissible computation time. The length scale of the investigated process is also an important parameter. The second group of micro-macro models is based on an analysis of the dislocation densities linked to the plastic deformations. A discussion concerning the past evolution, the recent achievements and the future trends concerning multiscale models is also provided. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale aspects in modeling percussive drilling: from wave propagation to rigid body dynamics
Depouhon, Alexandre ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel

in Proceedings of the 3rd International Colloquium on Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Deep Drilling Systems (2014)

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See detailMultiscale computational homogenization methods with a gradient enhanced scheme based on the discontinuous Galerkin formulation
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Becker, Gauthier ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2013), 260

When considering problems of dimensions close to the characteristic length of the material, the size e ects can not be neglected and the classical (so–called first–order) multiscale computational ... [more ▼]

When considering problems of dimensions close to the characteristic length of the material, the size e ects can not be neglected and the classical (so–called first–order) multiscale computational homogenization scheme (FMCH) looses accuracy, motivating the use of a second–order multiscale computational homogenization (SMCH) scheme. This second–order scheme uses the classical continuum at the micro–scale while considering second–order continuum at the macro–scale. Although the theoretical background of the second–order continuum is increasing, the implementation into a finite element code is not straightforward because of the lack of high–order continuity of the shape functions. In this work, we propose a SMCH scheme relying on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method at the macro–scale, which simplifies the implementation of the method. Indeed, the DG method is a generalization of weak formulations allowing for inter-element discontinuities either at the C0 level or at the C1 level, and it can thus be used to constrain weakly the C1 continuity at the macro–scale. The C0 continuity can be either weakly constrained by using the DG method or strongly constrained by using usual C0 displacement–based finite elements. Therefore, two formulations can be used at the macro–scale: (i) the full–discontinuous Galerkin formulation (FDG) with weak C0 and C1 continuity enforcements, and (ii) the enriched discontinuous Galerkin formulation (EDG) with high–order term enrichment into the conventional C0 finite element framework. The micro–problem is formulated in terms of standard equilibrium and periodic boundary conditions. A parallel implementation in three dimensions for non–linear finite deformation problems is developed, showing that the proposed method can be integrated into conventional finite element codes in a straightforward and e cient way. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Computational Modeling of a New Scaffold for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tissue Engineering
Laurent, Cédric ULg

in Computer Methods in Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering (2012)

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See detailMultiscale Computational Modeling of Deformation Mechanics andIntergranular Fracture in Nanocrystalline Copper
Péron-Lührs, Vincent ULg; Sansoz, Frédéric; Jérusalem, Antoine et al

in Computational Materials Science (2014), 90

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum ... [more ▼]

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum (QC) method by simulating the plastic deformation of [110] tilt crystalline interfaces undergoing simple shear, tension and nano-indentation. Unlike our previous work [V. Péron-Lührs et al., JMPS, 2013] however, the GB thickness is here calibrated in the model, providing more accurate insight into the GB widths according to the interface misorientation angle. In this contribution, the new two-scale model is also validated against fullyatomistic NC simulations tests for two low-angle and high-angle textures and two grain sizes. A simplified strategy aimed at predicting the mechanical behavior of more general textures without the need to run more QC simulations is also proposed, demonstrating significant reduction in computational cost compared to full atomistic simulations. Finally, by studying the response of dogbone samples made of NC copper, we show in this paper that such a two-scale model is able to quantitatively capture the differences in mechanical behavior of NC metals as a function of the texture and grain size, as well as to accurately predict the processes of inter-granular fracture for different GB character distributions. This two-scale method is found to be an effective alternative to other atomistic methods for the prediction of plasticity and fracture in NC materials with a substantial number of 2-D grains such as columnar-grained thin films for micro-scale electro-mechanical devices. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Finite Element Modeling of Nonlinear Quasistatic Electromagnetic Problems
Niyonzima, Innocent ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The effective use of composite materials in the technology industry requires the development of accurate models. Typical such materials in electrotechnical applications are lamination stacks and soft ... [more ▼]

The effective use of composite materials in the technology industry requires the development of accurate models. Typical such materials in electrotechnical applications are lamination stacks and soft magnetic composites, used in the so-called magnetoquasistatic (low frequency) regime. Current homogenization models (e.g. the classical homogenization method, mean field homogenization, ...) fail to handle all the difficulties raised by the modeling of these materials, particularly taking into account the complexity of their microstructure and their nonlinear/hysteretic behaviour. In this thesis we develop a multiscale computational method which allows to effectively solve multiscale magnetoquasistatic problems. The technique is inspired by the HMM (heterogeneous multiscale method), which involves the resolution of two types of problems: a macroscale problem that captures slow variations of the overall solution, and many mesoscale problems that allow to determine the constitutive laws at the macroscale and to construct accurate local fields. Macroscale and mesoscale weak, b-conform and h-conform formulations, are derived starting from the two-scale convergence and the periodic unfolding methods. We also use the asymptotic homogenization method for deriving the homogenized linear material laws and, in the end, we derive scale transitions for bridging the scales. Numerical tests carried out in the two-dimensional case allow to validate the models. In the case of b-conform formulations, it is shown that the macroscale solution approximates well the average of the reference solution and that the resolution of the mesoscale problems allows to reconstruct accurate local fields and to compute accurate Joule losses and this, for materials with (non)linear and hysteretic behavior. Similar findings were obtained for the h-conform formulations. In both cases, the deterioration of the accuracy for mesoscale problems located near the boundary of the computational domain could be treated by defining suit- able mesoscale problems near such boundaries. The extension of the model to three-dimensional problems, to multiphysical problems and the inclusion of the mesoscale domains with a stochastic distribution of phases are also some of the possible prospects for improving this work. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale finite element study of Ti-555
Habraken, Anne ULg; Gerday, Anne-Françoise ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg

in Akhtar S. Khan; Babak Farrokh; Baig, M. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Plasticity & Its Current Applications, Mechanics & Mechanisms of Finite Plastic Deformation (2008)

The material parameters of the 2 phases Ti-555 alloy have to be extracted in order to perform simulations on representative microscopic cells and guide the optimization of the alloy. The identification of ... [more ▼]

The material parameters of the 2 phases Ti-555 alloy have to be extracted in order to perform simulations on representative microscopic cells and guide the optimization of the alloy. The identification of the flow parameters of the BCC β-phase is discussed, using macroscopic and microscopic constitutive laws. The validation is performed, comparing experimental and numerical tensile tests obtained for different strain rates. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale image analysis of microcellular solids: application to hybrid silica xerogels
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg

in Journal of Microscopy (2007), 226

A general methodology is proposed to characterize microcellular solids, the structure of which consists of a three-dimensional network of filamentary structures. The analysis is based on transmission ... [more ▼]

A general methodology is proposed to characterize microcellular solids, the structure of which consists of a three-dimensional network of filamentary structures. The analysis is based on transmission electron microscopy observation of the filaments individually and of their spatial arrangement. The micrographs are analyzed with greytone digital image analysis techniques, such as opening granulometry and correlation analysis. The methodology is applied to hybrid organic–inorganic low-density silica solids synthesized by the sol–gel method with an organically modified co-reactant. The quantitative impact of the coreactant on each structural level of the structure is assessed quantitatively. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiscale mean-field homogenization method for fiber-reinforced composites with gradient-enhanced damage models
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, L et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2012), 233-236

In this work, a gradient-enhanced homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled ... [more ▼]

In this work, a gradient-enhanced homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled as elasto-plastic coupled with a damage law described by a non-local constitutive model. Toward this end, the mean-field homogenization is based on the knowledge of the macroscopic deformation tensors, internal variables and their gradients, which are applied to a micro-structural representative volume element (RVE). The macro-stress is then obtained from a homogenization procedure. The methodology holds for 2-phase composites with moderate fiber volume ratios, and for which, at the RVE size, the matrix can be considered as homogeneous isotropic and the ellipsoidal fibers can be considered as homogeneous transversely isotropic. Under these assumptions, the method is successfully applied to simulate the damage process occurring in unidirectional carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy composites submitted to different loading conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale mesh generation on the sphere
Lambrechts, J.; Comblen, R.; Legat, V. et al

in Ocean Dynamics (2008), 58

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See detailA multiscale method for a robust detection of the default mode network.
Baquero, Katherine; Gómez, Francisco; Cifuentes, Christian et al

Poster (2013)

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See detailA multiscale model of sprouting angiogenesis during fracture healing.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Conference (2012, September 18)

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See detailA multiscale model of the influence of oxygen during bone fracture healing.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Poster (2013, April 03)

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See detailMultiscale modeling of back-stress evolution in equal-channel angular pressing: from one pass to multiple passes
Chen, E.; Duchene, Laurent ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2010), 45(17), 4696-4704

Fine-grained materials produced by equalchannel angular pressing (ECAP) exhibit kinematic hardening due to the existence of a back-stress. This article presents a new dislocation-based model, which is ... [more ▼]

Fine-grained materials produced by equalchannel angular pressing (ECAP) exhibit kinematic hardening due to the existence of a back-stress. This article presents a new dislocation-based model, which is able to describe the tension/compression asymmetry of the ECAP processed commercial purity aluminum. By introducing strain relaxation, and relating the back-stress to the inhomogeneous dislocation density distribution in cell walls and in cell interiors, the model can accurately predict the evolution of the dislocation densities, the cell size, and the back-stress. Compared to the other back-stress models, it takes into account the microstructure evolution and gives a better prediction. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale modeling of equal channel angular extruded aluminium with strain gradient crystal plasticity and phenomenological models
Duchene, Laurent ULg; Geers, M. G. D.; Brekelmans, W. A. M. et al

in Rollett, A. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on the Texture of Materials (ICOTOM-15) (2008)

The Equal Channel Angular Extrusion process is used to modify the microstructure of an AA1050 aluminum alloy in order to produce an ultra fine grained material. Due to the severe plastic deformation ... [more ▼]

The Equal Channel Angular Extrusion process is used to modify the microstructure of an AA1050 aluminum alloy in order to produce an ultra fine grained material. Due to the severe plastic deformation undergone by the material during the ECAE process, the subsequent behavior of the material is non-conventional and difficult to model with classical constitutive laws (e.g. ECAE aluminum presents a large initial back-stress which must be adequately incorporated in the model). In this study, the evolution of the back-stress during the ECAE process is analyzed. Two different numerical models were investigated in this respect. The first one is a single crystal strain gradient plasticity model based on dislocation densities. The second model is the Teodosiu and Hu’s hardening model, which is a microstructuraly based phenomenological model at the macroscale. The results provided by the two models are obviously distinct. Nevertheless, some common trends can be pointed out, among which the amplitude of the back-stress that is similar. In agreement with the cyclic deformation mode of the studied route C ECAE process, the evolution of the predicted back-stress is also cyclic in both models. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale modeling of in the influence of oxygen during bone fracture healing.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Van Gastel, Nick; Carmeliet, Geert et al

Poster (2012, September 17)

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See detailMultiscale modeling of sprouting angiogenesis
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Poster (2011, December 02)

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See detailMultiscale modeling of sprouting angiogenesis: tip cells are selected for the top.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Poster (2012, September 05)

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