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See detailAssessment of crop based farming systems with a focus on pigeonpea in one selected district in arid and semi-arid lands in the Kenyan coast. Ed. by E. Feoli, D. Pottier, Z. Woldu. Sustainable development of dryland areas of East Africa
Mwang'Ombe, A.W; Olubayo, F; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Workshop, Addis Ababa, November 9th-12th 1998. European Commission (2000)

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See detailAn assessment of cross-listed firms’ diversification potential
Mouchette, Xavier ULg; Muller, Aline ULg

E-print/Working paper (2014)

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See detailAssessment of damage and anisotropic plasticity models to predict Ti-6Al-4V behavior
Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg; Tuninetti, Víctor; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2015, April), 651-653

The plastic behavior of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy includes several features as strength differential effect, anisotropy and yield strength sensitivity to temperature and strain rate. Monotonic tensions in the ... [more ▼]

The plastic behavior of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy includes several features as strength differential effect, anisotropy and yield strength sensitivity to temperature and strain rate. Monotonic tensions in the three orthogonal directions of the material are performed to identify the Hill ’48 yield criterion. Monotonic compression and plane strain tensile tests are also included in the experimental campaign to identify the orthotropic yield criterion of CPB06. An assessment of the two models is done by comparing the yield loci and the experimental data points for different levels of plastic work. A first approach of the damage modelling of the Ti-6AL-4V alloy is investigated with an extended Gurson-Tvergaard-Needleman damage model based on Hill ’48 yield criterion. Finite element simulations of the experiments are performed and numerical results allows checking force-displacement curves until rupture and local information like displacement and strain fields. The prediction ability of the Hill ’48, CPB and extended Gurson models are assessed on simple shear and notched tensile tests until fracture. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of detection thresholds of metal oxide sensors based e-nose to the pollution emitted by odorous sources.
Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Romain, Anne-Claude ULg

in Proceedings of the Ninth international symposium on olfaction and electronic nose ISOEN'02 (2002, September)

The paper describes a method to assess the global concentration level of a complex odorous gas mixture which is detected by an electronic nose, and consequently to assess the detection threshold of the ... [more ▼]

The paper describes a method to assess the global concentration level of a complex odorous gas mixture which is detected by an electronic nose, and consequently to assess the detection threshold of the instrument for that particular odour. The studied case is the odour generated by urban waste composting facilities. The measurement is performed in the lab with an array of 12 tin oxide gas sensors on samples collected near the emission. The selected method consists in finding an equivalence between the response of each individual sensor to the concentrations of ethanol used as a standard gas and the responses to various dilution of the original sample. The main issues of that procedure are the order of magnitude of the "concentration" of the non-diluted compost emission sample expressed in ethanol-equivalent and the detection threshold of the sensor array for the compost gas. The latter result requires a suitable definition of the detection threshold, based on the signal to noise ratio. The conclusion is that the detection threshold of Tagushi sensors, expressed in equivalent-ethanol, is generally lower than 1 ppmv and is just slightly higher than the perception threshold of the human nose for the odour gener-ated by compost. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of determinants for osteoporosis in elderly men.
Scholtissen, Sophie ULg; Guillemin, F.; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2009), 20(7), 1157-66

SUMMARY: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine and quantify some determinants associated to low bone mineral density (BMD) in elderly men. This study showed that ageing, a lower body mass ... [more ▼]

SUMMARY: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine and quantify some determinants associated to low bone mineral density (BMD) in elderly men. This study showed that ageing, a lower body mass index (BMI), a higher blood level of C-terminal cross-linking telopeptides of type I collagen (CTX-1), family history of osteoporosis, and/or fracture and prior fracture were associated with bone mineral density. INTRODUCTION: Our aims were to identify some determinants associated to low bone mineral density in men and to develop a simple algorithm to predict osteoporosis. METHODS: A sample of 1,004 men aged 60 years and older was recruited. Biometrical, serological, clinical, and lifestyle determinants were collected. Univariate, multivariate, and logistic regression analyses were performed. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to assess the discriminant performance of the algorithm. RESULTS: In the multiple regression analysis, only age, BMI, CTX-1, and family history of osteoporosis and/or fracture were able to predict the femoral neck T-score. When running the procedure with the total hip T-score, prior fracture also appeared to be significant. With the lumbar spine T-score, only age, BMI, and CTX-1 were retained. The best algorithm was based on age, BMI, family history, and CTX-1. A cut-off point of 0.25 yielded a sensibility of 78%, a specificity of 59% with an area under the curve of 0.73 in the development and validation cohorts. CONCLUSION: Ageing, a lower BMI, higher CTX-1, family history, and prior fracture were associated with T-score. Our algorithm is a simple approach to identify men at risk for osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of developmental outcome of preterm babies
Battisti, Oreste ULg

in Archives de Pédiatrie (1998), 5

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See detailAssessment of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis with 18F-FDG PET
Beckers, Catherine ULg; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2004), 45(6), 956-964

The aim of this study was to assess synovitis by F-18-FDG PET in an individual joint analysis and in a global analysis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity and to compare F-18-FDG PET parameters ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to assess synovitis by F-18-FDG PET in an individual joint analysis and in a global analysis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity and to compare F-18-FDG PET parameters with clinical, biologic, and sonographic (US) rheumatoid parameters. Methods: Three hundred fifty-six joints were assessed in 21 patients with active RA: the knees in all subjects and either wrists as well as metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints in 13 patients, or ankles and the first metatarsophalangeal joints in the remaining 8 patients. PET analysis consisted of a visual identification of F-18-FDG uptake in the synovium and measurements of standardized uptake values (SUVs). Independent assessors performed the clinical and US examinations. Results: PET positivity was found in 63% of joints, whereas 75%, 79%, and 56% were positive for swelling, tenderness, and US analysis, respectively. Both the rate of PET-positive joints and the SUV increased with the number of positive parameters present (swelling, tenderness, US positivity) and with the synovial thickness. The mean SUV was significantly higher in joints where a power Doppler signal was found. In a global PET analysis, the number of PET-positive joints and the cumulative SUV were significantly correlated with the swollen and tender joint counts, the patient and physician global assessments, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein serum levels, the disease activity score and the simplified disease activity index, the number of US-positive joints, and the cumulative synovial thickness. Conclusion: F-18-FDG PET is a unique imaging technique that can assess the metabolic activity of synovitis and measure the disease activity in RA. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of early therapeutic response in anti-TNFα refractory rheumatoid arthritis with FDG PET/CT.
FOSSE, P.; KAISER, Marie-Joëlle ULg; NAMUR, Gauthier ULg et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2010), 37(SUPPL), 211

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See detailAssessment of ease of use and experience of the new paediatric triple-chamber bag for parenteral nutrition for preterm infants
Rigo, J; Marlowe, ML; Bonnot, D et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2011), 37(S2), 396

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See detailAssessment of endoscopic activity lndex and biological lnflammatory markers in clinically active Crohn's disease with normal C-reactive protein serum level
Denis, Marie-Armelle; Reenaers, Catherine ULg; Fontaine, Fernand et al

in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (2007), 13(9), 1100-1105

Background: Patients with clinically active Crohn's disease (CD), defined by a Crohn's Disease Activity Index (CDAI) > 150, may have normal Greactive protein (CRP) serum levels. In such cases, it is ... [more ▼]

Background: Patients with clinically active Crohn's disease (CD), defined by a Crohn's Disease Activity Index (CDAI) > 150, may have normal Greactive protein (CRP) serum levels. In such cases, it is difficult to know whether these patients have really active disease or rather functional symptoms. This distinction is important to decide the most appropriate treatment. The aim of our work was to assess intestinal and colonic lesions in such patients and to look for biological markers potentially associated with endoscopic activity of the disease. Methods: We included 28 consecutive CD patients with CDAI >150 and a normal CRP level. These patients underwent a full colonoscopy with Crohn's Disease Endoscopy Index of Severity (CDEIS) calculation, fecal calprotectin, blood fibrinogen, acid a-I glycoprotein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate measurement. The Harvey-Bradshaw score was also calculated. Serum ILI beta, IL6, IL8, sIL2R, and sTNFR2 were measured. Results: The median CDAI was 181 (151-485). Almost all (92.9%) these patients had endoscopic lesions, but the majority had only mild lesions (CDEIS : 6). No correlation was found between CDEIS and any of the clinical or biological markers. However, all the patients with significant endoscopic lesions (defined by a CDEIS >6) had previous surgical intestinal resection and lesions involving the anastomosis. Conclusions: Patients with elevated CDAT and normal CRP have only mild mucosal lesions of CD. Most significant lesions may be observed at the anastomosis and proximal to it in previously operated patients. None of the biological markers tested was associated with these endoscopic lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of equine diaphragm strength and activation using transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18

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See detailAssessment of erythromycin toxicity on activated sludge via batch experiments and microscopic techniques (epifluorescence and CLSM)
Louvet, Jean-Noël ULg; Helouin, Yannick; Attik, Ghania et al

in Process Biochemistry (2010), 45

This study investigates erythromycin toxicity toward activated sludge as a function of exposure time and antibiotic concentration. Batch experiments were conducted and microscopic techniques ranging from ... [more ▼]

This study investigates erythromycin toxicity toward activated sludge as a function of exposure time and antibiotic concentration. Batch experiments were conducted and microscopic techniques ranging from bright-field microscopy to epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), combined with a fluorescent viability indicator (BacLight ® Bacterial Viability Kit, Molecular Probes), allowed us to study erythromycin time-kill activity. The erythromycin toxicity was observed at lower concentration when exposure time increased. A 4 .g/L erythromycin concentration was toxic to heterotrophic bacteria on a 5-day time exposure, and a 5 mg/L concentration inhibited nitrification. These findings are in agreement with the microscopic studies, which showed a latency time before the lower antibiotic concentrations began to kill bacteria. Microscope slide wells were used as micro-reactors in which erythromycin concentration ranged from 0.1 to 1 mg/L. After 45 min there were 94% (SD 3.8) of living bacteria in control micro-reactors, 67% (SD 3.1) in micro-reactors that contained 0.1 mg/L erythromycin and 37% (SD 18.6) in micro-reactors that contained 1 mg/L erythromycin. CLSM allowed visualization of isolated stained cells in the three-dimensional structure of damaged flocs [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Eurocode 5 charring rate calculation methods
Cachim, Paulo; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference Structures in Fire (2008)

The basic hypothesis for the assessment of fire resistance of wood structures is that for temperatures above 300 ºC, wood is no longer able to sustain any load. Consequently, the determination of the ... [more ▼]

The basic hypothesis for the assessment of fire resistance of wood structures is that for temperatures above 300 ºC, wood is no longer able to sustain any load. Consequently, the determination of the location of the 300 ºC isotherm, the charring depth, is decisive for the result of fire resistance calculation methods. Charring rate of wood is dependent of numerous factors, such as wood species (density, permeability or composition), moisture or direction of burning (along or across the grain). Eurocode 5, Part 1-2, presents several methods for the calculation of fire resistance of timber structures that are divided into simplified and advanced. In this paper simplified and advanced methods are compared regarding the calculation of the charring depth. Finite element simulations have been performed, using the proposed wood properties of Eurocode 5 using finite element code SAFIR. The influence of parameters such as wood density, moisture or anisotropy has been investigated. The results obtained with finite element calculations were then compared with Eurocode 5 simplified models. Some inconsistencies between methods have been observed. This paper presents proposals to overcome some of the inconsistencies as well as to extend the applicability of the models. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Eurocode 5 charring rate calculation methods
Cachim, Paulo; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Fire Technology (2010), 46

The base hypothesis for the assessment of fire resistance of timber structures by simple calculation models is that for temperatures above 300 ºC, timber is no longer able to sustain any load ... [more ▼]

The base hypothesis for the assessment of fire resistance of timber structures by simple calculation models is that for temperatures above 300 ºC, timber is no longer able to sustain any load. Consequently, the determination of the location of the 300 ºC isotherm, the charring depth, is decisive for the result of fire resistance calculation methods. Charring rate of timber is dependent of numerous factors, such as wood species (density, permeability or composition), moisture or direction of burning (along or across the grain). Eurocode 5, Part 1-2, presents several methods for the calculation of fire resistance of timber structures that are divided into simplified and advanced. In this paper simplified and advanced methods are compared regarding the calculation of the charring depth and residual cross section strength. Finite element simulations have been performed, employing the proposed timber properties of Eurocode 5 using finite element code SAFIR. The influence of parameters such as timber density and moisture has been investigated. The results obtained with finite element calculations were then compared with Eurocode 5 simplified models. Some inconsistencies between methods have been observed. This paper presents some proposals to overcome some of the inconsistencies as well as to extend the applicability of the models. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Assessment of Executive Functioning Using the Childhood Executive Functioning Inventory (CHEXI)
Thorell, Lisa B.; Catale, Corinne ULg

in Goldstein, S.; Naglieri, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Executive functioning (2014)

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See detailAssessment of existing formulas for equivalent damping to use in direct displacement-based design
Degée, Hervé ULg; Bento, R.; Massena, B.

in Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Erthquake Engineering (2008)

It is generally stated that an accurate evaluation of the equivalent viscous damping is a crucial step in the DirectDisplacement-Based Design (DDBD) methodology. A wrong assessment of equivalent viscous ... [more ▼]

It is generally stated that an accurate evaluation of the equivalent viscous damping is a crucial step in the DirectDisplacement-Based Design (DDBD) methodology. A wrong assessment of equivalent viscous dampingcan indeed lead to important errors on the actual ductility demand of the structural elements. The objective of thepresent contribution is to assess and compare different existing formulas for the evaluation of the equivalent damping and to provide information on the impact of choosing one or another formulation on the seismicdesign. It is more precisely focused on the very recent proposals of Dwairi – Kowalsky and Blandon –Priestley. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of exposure to persistent organochlorine compounds in epidemiological studies on breast cancer : a literature review and perspectives for the CECILE study
Bachelet, D.; Verner, M.-A.; Guihenneuc-Jouyaux, C. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2010), 65(1), 49-57

Breast cancer is the most frequent neoplastic disease in women representing 50,000 new cases each year in France. The well-established risk factors, as those related to the reproductive history, cannot ... [more ▼]

Breast cancer is the most frequent neoplastic disease in women representing 50,000 new cases each year in France. The well-established risk factors, as those related to the reproductive history, cannot account for all cases of breast cancer. Other environmental or lifestyle factors need to be explored in depth. Persistent organochlorine compounds (OCs) have attracted attention because of their endocrine disrupting properties that make them possible risk factors for breast cancer, but most epidemiological studies did not report an association between OC concentrations in blood or adipose tissue and breast cancer risk. In these studies, OC levels were measured in biological samples obtained at the time of cancer diagnosis or only a few years before. In this paper, we review the studies on dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorobiphenyl (PCB) exposures in relation to breast cancer. We discuss the relevance of OC biological measurements as lifelong exposure indicators, and we describe a new method for assessing exposure to OCs in epiderniological studies. Most studies were carried out recently and reported OC concentrations that were substantially lower than those reported during the 1960s and 1970s. We make the assumption that these OC levels were not reliable indicators, as they were not measured during etiologically relevant periods in a woman's lifetime, i.e. during the prenatal period, the puberty or the period before a first full-term pregnancy, which are regarded as key periods of vulnerability of mammary gland cells to carcinogens. This may have resulted in non differential exposure misclassification and hence in the absence of an observed association between OC levels and breast cancer in most epidemiological studies. Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models allow estimating persistent organic pollutant lifetime toxicokinetics profiles retrospec- tively in women, by taking into account individual differences in metabolism and key events that affect OC kinetics such as lactation and weight variations. PBPK models will be applied to the participants of a large French population-based case-control study including 1080 cases and 1055 controls. Exposure misclassification could have prevented from observing an association between exposure to OCs and breast cancer risk. PBPK models could be used as a novel way of assessing exposure to OCs and to investigate the impact of internal exposure at different time windows on breast cancer incidence. [less ▲]

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