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See detailOptimization of Biomass-Fuelled Combined Cooling, Heating and Power (CCHP) Systems Integrated with Subcritical or Transcritical Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs)
Maraver, Daniel; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Royo, Javier

in Entropy (2014), 16(5), 2433-2453

This work is focused on the thermodynamic optimization of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs), coupled with absorption or adsorption cooling units, for combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) generation from ... [more ▼]

This work is focused on the thermodynamic optimization of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs), coupled with absorption or adsorption cooling units, for combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) generation from biomass combustion. Results were obtained by modelling with the main aim of providing optimization guidelines for the operating conditions of these types of systems, specifically the subcritical or transcritical ORC, when integrated in a CCHP system to supply typical heating and cooling demands in the tertiary sector. The thermodynamic approach was complemented, to avoid its possible limitations, by the technological constraints of the expander, the heat exchangers and the pump of the ORC. The working fluids considered are: n-pentane, n-heptane, octamethyltrisiloxane, toluene and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane. In addition, the energy and environmental performance of the different optimal CCHP plants was investigated. The optimal plant from the energy and environmental point of view is the one integrated by a toluene recuperative ORC, although it is limited to a development with a turbine type expander. Also, the trigeneration plant could be developed in an energy and environmental efficient way with an n-pentane recuperative ORC and a volumetric type expander. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of biosurfactant lipopeptide production from Bacillus subtilis S499 by plackett-burman design
Jacques, Ph.; Hbid, Ch.; Razafindralambo, Hary ULg et al

Poster (1998, May)

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See detailOptimization of biosurfactant lipopeptide production from Bacillus subtilis S499 by Plackett-Burman design
Jacques, P.; Hbid, C.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1999), 77-9

Bacillus subtilis S499 is well-known for its ability to produce two families of surfactant lipopeptides: Iturin A and Surfactin S1. Fermentation optimization for this strain was performed to amplify the ... [more ▼]

Bacillus subtilis S499 is well-known for its ability to produce two families of surfactant lipopeptides: Iturin A and Surfactin S1. Fermentation optimization for this strain was performed to amplify the surfactant production. Ten active variables were analyzed by two successive Plackett-Burman designs, consisting respectively of 12 and 16 experiments to give an optimized medium. The amount of biosurfactant lipopeptides in the supernatant of a culture carried out in this optimized medium was about five times higher than that obtained in nonoptimized rich medium. The analysis of the surfactant molecules produced in such optimized conditions has revealed the presence of a third family of lipopeptides: the fengycins. The time-dependent production of these three families of molecules in bioreactors showed that surfactin S1 is produced during the exponential phase and iturin A and fengycins during the stationary phase. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of blocked designs in fMRI studies
Maus, Bärbel ULg; Van Breukelen, G.J.P; Goebel, R. et al

in NeuroImage (2009), 47(Supplement 1), 125

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See detailOptimization of blocked designs in fMRI studies
Maus, Bärbel ULg; van Breukelen, G. J. P.; Goebel, R. et al

in Psychometrika (2010), 75(2), 373390

Blocked designs in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are useful to localize functional brain areas. A blocked design consists of different blocks of trials of the same stimulus type and is ... [more ▼]

Blocked designs in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are useful to localize functional brain areas. A blocked design consists of different blocks of trials of the same stimulus type and is characterized by three factors: the length of blocks, i.e., number of trials per blocks, the ordering of task and rest blocks, and the time between trials within one block. Optimal design theory was applied to find the optimal combination of these three design factors. Furthermore, different error structures were used within a general linear model for the analysis of fMRI data, and the maximin criterion was applied to find designs which are robust against misspecification of model parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of calcium phosphate scaffold-cell combinations using an integrative model based approach
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Chai, Yoke Chin; Theys, Tina et al

in International Conference on Tissue Engineering (ECCOMAS) - proceedings (2011, June 03)

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See detailOptimization of conditions for the glycosyltransferase activity of penicillin-binding protein 1a from Thermotoga maritima.
Offant, Julien; Terrak, Mohammed ULg; Derouaux, Adeline ULg et al

in FEBS Journal (2010), 277(20), 4290-8

Cell wall biosynthesis is a key target for antibacterial drugs. The major constituent of the bacterial wall, peptidoglycan, is a netlike polymer responsible for the size and shape of the cell and for ... [more ▼]

Cell wall biosynthesis is a key target for antibacterial drugs. The major constituent of the bacterial wall, peptidoglycan, is a netlike polymer responsible for the size and shape of the cell and for resisting osmotic pressure. It consists of glycan chains of repeating disaccharide units cross-linked through short peptide chains. Peptidoglycan assembly is catalyzed by the periplasmic domain of bifunctional class A penicillin-binding proteins. Cross-linking of the peptide chains is catalyzed by their transpeptidase module, which can be inhibited by the most widely used antibiotics, the beta-lactams. In contrast, no drug in clinical use inhibits the polymerization of the glycan chains, catalyzed by their glycosyltransferase module, although it is an obvious target. We report here the purification of the ectodomain of the class A penicillin-binding protein 1a from Thermotoga maritima (Tm-1a*), expressed recombinantly in Escherichia coli. A detergent screen showed that detergents with shorter aliphatic chains were better solubilizers. Cyclohexyl-hexyl-beta-D-maltoside-purified Tm-1a* was found to be monomeric and to have improved thermal stability. A miniaturized, multiwell continuous fluorescence assay of the glycosyltransferase activity was used to screen for optimal reaction conditions. Tm-1a* was active as a glycosyltransferase, catalyzing the formation of glycan chains up to 16 disaccharide units long. Our results emphasize the importance of the detergent in preparing a stable monomeric ectodomain of a class A penicillin-binding protein. Our assay could be used to screen collections of compounds for inhibitors of peptidoglycan glycosyltransferases that could serve as the basis for the development of novel antibiotics. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of cricket breeding production system for human food in Ratanakiri province (Cambodia)
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Nieus, Clément et al

Poster (2014)

Despite many natural resources, Cambodia is considered as a relatively poor country with a Gross National Income per capita averaging about 880 USD in 2012. Annâdya project in the Ratanakiri province ... [more ▼]

Despite many natural resources, Cambodia is considered as a relatively poor country with a Gross National Income per capita averaging about 880 USD in 2012. Annâdya project in the Ratanakiri province (Cambodia) aims to improve the food security and nutrition of smallholder households by introducing and facilitating the adoption of productive and environmentally sustainable agricultural technologies. The main purpose of this work was to optimize a cheap cricket breeding production system for local farmers to contribute to the reduction of protein deficiency and to create new source of incomes. Cricket development, Teleogryllus testaceus (Walker), was compared between seven diets composed of different ratio of aerial parts of taro, young cassava leaves, young cashew leaves, brown rice flour (with or without the addition of banana slices) and between the traditionally used chicken feed diet. Cricket mortality was relatively low on all diets (<10 %) excepted on the two cashew-based diets where mortality achieves 90 %. Mean adult body mass of the cricket was significantly higher on control diet (chicken feed) and on the two cassava-based diet (80% of cassava leave flour, 20% of brown rice with or without banana slices) than on the other diets (F = 20.87, P<0.001). The nutritional analyzes of the seven diets shows that the ideal diet should contain 19% protein, 5-6% fat, and a percentage of carbohydrates as high as possible. While the cricket mass body gain seems to be proportional to the carbohydrate content of the diet, the use of older cassava leaves, more rich in carbohydrates than the younger ones, is an interesting solution to substitute relatively expensive brown rice and banana slices also consumed by local population. In the future, consideration should be given to the adjustment of cassava leave maturity in function of the cricket growth stage as it is already done with chicken feed in Thai cricket farms. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of drug-cyclodextrin complexation reaction by a static supercritical carbon dioxide method
Brion, Michael; Nizet, Dominique; Piel, Géraldine ULg et al

Conference (2007)

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See detailOptimization of dynamic embedded, Water based surface heat (and cold) emitting system for buildings.
Thomas, Sébastien ULg; Franck, Pierre-Yves ULg; Andre, Philippe ULg

Conference (2009, October)

This paper presents the heat flow model and the experimental test bench developed to optimize a new kind of heating floor. In the first part of the text is described the new kind of high reactivity ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the heat flow model and the experimental test bench developed to optimize a new kind of heating floor. In the first part of the text is described the new kind of high reactivity emitting device for building heating and cooling. A second part illustrates the numerical model developed to evaluate the device efficiency. Finally experimental test bench implementation and results are presented. Both computational and experimental results support the use of colder water in comparison to other heating devices. This implies energy savings for building heating. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of encoding specificity for the diagnosis of early AD: The RI-48 task
Adam, Stéphane ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Ivanoiu, A. et al

in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology (2007), 29(5), 477-487

The aim of this study was to evaluate the discriminant validity of the RI-48 test, a shorter French version of the Category Cued Recall portion of the Double Memory Test developed initially by Buschke and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the discriminant validity of the RI-48 test, a shorter French version of the Category Cued Recall portion of the Double Memory Test developed initially by Buschke and colleagues (1997), in the diagnosis of mild and very mild Alzheimer disease (AD). The distinctive feature of the RI-48 task is that encoding specificity was increased by adding an immediate cued recall stage at the encoding phase. The results show that the RI-48 task seems to be well adapted to the clinical context and to have good psychometric properties, in particular a lack of a ceiling effect. Moreover, this task appears to be especially well suited for the diagnosis of both mild and very mild AD (sensitivity of 93% and 83.8%). From a more theoretical point of view, this study confirms the importance of optimizing the encoding specificity for the diagnosis of very mild AD, since the more encoding specificity is accentuated, the more discriminating power is increased for the diagnosis of very mild AD. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of enzymatic extraction of ferulic acid from wheat bran, using response surface methodology, and characterization of the resulting fractions
Barberousse, Helene; Kamoun, Amel; Chaabouni, Moncef et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2009), 89(10), 1634-1641

BACKGROUND: The agro-industries generate thousands of tons of by-products, such as bran or pulps, each year. They are, at best, used for cattle feeding. Through biocracking, this biomass may constitute a ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The agro-industries generate thousands of tons of by-products, such as bran or pulps, each year. They are, at best, used for cattle feeding. Through biocracking, this biomass may constitute a renewable source for various molecules of interest for the industry. For instance, ferulic acid, a compound showing antioxidant ability, is found in abundance in cereal bran. Its release depends mainly on the breaking of its ester linkage to other constitutive elements of the cell wall, such as arabinoxylans. Response surface methodology was used to evaluate the effects of ferulic acid esterase (FAE) and xylanase activities, as well as incubation time and temperature, on ferulic acid extraction yield from wheat bran. Under optimized conditions, the composition of the hydrolysate and of residual bran were compared to native bran. RESULTS: Experiments carried out under the predicted optimal conditions (FAE amount, 27 U g(-1); xylanase amount, 304 U g(-1); incubation time, 2 h; and temperature, 65 degrees C) led to an extraction yield of 52.8%, agreeing with the expected value (51.0%). The crude ferulic acid fraction was purified with Amberlite XAD16, leading to a final concentration of 125 mu g mL(-1) of ferulic acid in ethanol. The antioxidant capacity of this purified fraction was evaluated by the DPPH. scavenging method: it exhibited better efficiency (EC50 = 10.6 mu mol L-1 in ferulic acid) than the ferulic acid standard (EC50 = 13.7 mu mol L-1). CONCLUSION: These results confirm the potential of wheat bran valorization in the field of natural antioxidant extraction, possibly viable in an industrial scheme. (C) 2009 Society of Chemical Industry [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of experimental procedure and statistical data treatment for kinetics of ethylene hydrogenation on a copper-magnesia catalyst
Pirard, Sophie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2008), 138(1-3), 367-378

This study is an example of practical application of kinetic data treatment for simultaneous model discrimination and parameter estimation. The study is applied to the hydrogenation of ethylene on a ... [more ▼]

This study is an example of practical application of kinetic data treatment for simultaneous model discrimination and parameter estimation. The study is applied to the hydrogenation of ethylene on a copper-magnesia catalyst and brings a deepened analysis about the experimental strategy by comparing several alternative strategies using a priori and sequential experimental designs. The best model corresponds to a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism with non-competing adsorption of hydrogen and ethylene and where the rate-determining step is either the addition of molecularly adsorbed hydrogen or the addition of the second atom of hydrogen adsorbed dissociatively. Furthermore, the important question of knowing in practice how many designs and how many measurements per design are actually necessary to determine accurate kinetic and physico-chemical parameters, is addressed. A data correction procedure is also presented that takes catalyst deactivation into account. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of external poly base sheet resistance in 0.13 µm quasi self-aligned SiGe:C HBTs
You, Suzhen; Van Huylenbroeck, Stefaan; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

in Thin Solid Films (2009), 518(6), 68

This paper investigates the optimization of the external polysilicon base sheet resistance of quasi self-aligned (QSA) SiGe:C HBTs from a 0.13 μm BiCMOS process. Taking advantage of optimized implant ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the optimization of the external polysilicon base sheet resistance of quasi self-aligned (QSA) SiGe:C HBTs from a 0.13 μm BiCMOS process. Taking advantage of optimized implant conditions to improve the doping of the external base poly, and using an optimized non-selective epitaxy process with improved growth rate ratio of 1.7 between the polycrystalline silicon and monocrystalline silicon of the base, the maximum oscillation frequency fmax reaches 300 GHz. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of flexible components in reciprocating engines with cyclic dynamic loading
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg

in Samin, Jean-Claude; Fisette, Paul (Eds.) Proceedings of Multibody Dynamics 2011, Eccomas Thematic Conference: Brussels (Belgium), 4-7 juillet 2011 (2011, July 05)

This work considers the optimization of flexible components of mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems. This approach permits to better capture the effects of dynamic loading under service ... [more ▼]

This work considers the optimization of flexible components of mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems. This approach permits to better capture the effects of dynamic loading under service conditions. This process is challenging because most state-of-the-art studies in structural optimization have been conducted under static or quasi-static conditions. The formulation of the optimization problem for dynamic systems is fundamental; it is not a simple extension of static optimization. Naive implementation leads to fragile and unstable results. The present paper addresses the optimization of a connecting rod of a reciprocating engine with cyclic dynamic loading. Gradient-based methods are adopted for their convergence speed. Different formulations are investigated and compared. A first numerical application considers the optimization of the connecting rod regarding its mass and its elongation. After, another numerical application is carried on considering the stresses in the connecting rod. A conclusion on the influence of the optimization problem formulation is realized. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of formic/acetic acid delignification of Miscanthus ×giganteus for enzymatic hydrolysis using response surface methodology
Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Industrial Crops & Products (2012), 35

A Box–Behnken experimental design and response surface methodology were employed to optimize the pretreatment parameters of a formic/acetic acid delignification treatment of Miscanthus ×giganteus for ... [more ▼]

A Box–Behnken experimental design and response surface methodology were employed to optimize the pretreatment parameters of a formic/acetic acid delignification treatment of Miscanthus ×giganteus for enzymatic hydrolysis. The effects of three independent variables, namely cooking time (1, 2 and 3 h), formic acid/acetic acid/water ratio (20/60/20, 30/50/20 and 40/40/20) and temperature (80, 90 and 107 ◦C) on pulp yield, residual Klason lignin content, concentration of degradation products (furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural) in the black liquor, and enzymatic digestibility of the pulps were investigated. The major parameter influencing was the temperature for pulp yield, delignification degree, furfural production and enzymatic digestibility. According to the response surface analysis the optimum conditions predicted for a maximum enzymatic digestibility of the glucan (75.3%) would be obtained using a cooking time of 3 h, at 107 ◦C and with a formic acid/acetic acid/water ratio of 40/40/20%. Glucan digestibility was highly dependent on the delignification degree. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of Hull Structures for a 60 meters Mega Yacht
Motta, Dario; Caprace, Jean-David ULg; Rigo, Philippe ULg et al

in Proceeding of the 11th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation (2011, September)

As well known already in earliest phases of a ship project many aspects and choices depend on the structural design which has been defined only at a preliminary level. This trend appears to be similar for ... [more ▼]

As well known already in earliest phases of a ship project many aspects and choices depend on the structural design which has been defined only at a preliminary level. This trend appears to be similar for merchant ships, passenger ships and motor yachts. Only in the final part of the project some shipyards begin to apply optimization processes, more or less sophisticated, in order to refine the structural design in view of reducing the weight and/or the construction cost. The weight in particular has a very important impact on pleasure vessels, both motor and sailing. Structural modifications suggested by such optimization procedures imply a number of second order changes in related items such as plant, outfitting and others. As a consequence the structural optimization could be particularly useful if it can be applied during the first stages of the project, this way avoiding very expensive time losses and changes caused by any structural modifications. In this paper the structural optimization of a 60 meters megayacht is presented, performed by LBR-5 code developed by the University of Liege. This code is an optimization tool specifically designed for structures composed by stiffened plates and stiffened cylindrical shells. The optimal solution is reached through an optimization algorithm based on convex linearization and a dual approach. The LBR-5 software has been successfully utilized to optimize hull structures of a 60 meters megayacht. Differently from large ships, the mega yacht has not a “cylindrical body” in the central part of the hull. So, a new module of the software has been used in order to analyze several sections of the ship and to perform an overall optimization. For this application the optimization analysis has been carried out by different approaches: assuming the weight as the objective function a gain of about 8% has been achieved, while a least cost optimization allowed a reduction of 15%. [less ▲]

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See detailOPTIMIZATION OF HUMAN ES CELLS (hESCs) CRYOPRESERVATION
Connan, Delphine ULg; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Grobet, Luc ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 22)

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See detailOptimization Of Issr Marker For African Edible-Seeded Cucurbitaceae Species' Genetic Diversity Analysis
Dje, Yao; Tahi, G. C.; Zoro Bi, Arsène I. et al

in African Journal of Biotechnology (2006), 5(2), 83-87

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