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See detailOptimization model for empty container repositioning
Salmon, Frédéric ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2013, February 07)

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply in various parts of the world. Hence the necessity for shippers to move empty containers to ... [more ▼]

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply in various parts of the world. Hence the necessity for shippers to move empty containers to supply areas. The purpose of this research is to develop a decision support tool applying to intermodal freight transport. This project aims at minimizing the overall cost of empty container management in the hinterlands of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. The proposed model is a two-stage stochastic network model which takes account of transit time between ports and terminals, shipping cost, the carrying capacity of the various modes of transport, the stochastic demand and supply of each terminal and port as well as other parameters such as substitution or holding costs. In addition, the proposed model considers the possibility of intermodality with road transportation. Along with the optimal solution, our experimental data should yield an understanding of the impact of costs on the repartition of ows and inventories [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a cheap and residential small-scale production of edible crickets with local by-products as an alternative protein-rich human food source in Ratanakiri Province (Cambodia)
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Nieus, Clément et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2015)

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may ... [more ▼]

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may represent a sustainable, cost effective and high quality alternative source of protein to traditional livestock. This study aimed to optimise a cheap and residential cricket breeding system based on unused wild resources. The cricket development, Teleogryllus testaceus (Walker), under seven diets composed of taro aerial parts, young cassava leaves, young cashew leaves and brown rice flour (with or without banana slices), versus a traditionally used broiler feed diet was studied. Results - Cricket mortality was low in all diets, except the two cashew-based diets. Total biomass was significantly higher under the broiler feed, in addition to the two diets containing a combination of cassava leaf powder and brown rice. Yet, crickets fed with the taro diet had the highest percentage of protein. Concerning the breeding system cost, units using cassava leaves were the cheapest ones. Conclusion – Diets based of cassava leaves seems to be the most promising ones. Nevertheless, to produce crickets with a high body mass and a high protein level, a new experiment must be realised in which the cassava leaf maturity will be adapted to fit with the cricket growth stage. Moreover, to reduce the cost of the breeding units, handmade local products should be used instead of purchased components. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a drug-cyclodextrin complexation reaction by a static supercritical carbon dioxide process
Brion, Michael; Nizet, Dominique; Evrard, Brigitte ULg

Poster (2008)

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See detailOptimization of a formic/acetic acid delignification treatment on beech wood and its influence on the structural characteristics of the extracted lignins
Simon, Mathilde; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology (2014), 89(1), 128-136

Background In order to replace petrochemicals by bio-based lignin products in a lot of high value-added applications, a formic/acetic acid treatment was adapted to beech wood (Fagus sylvatica L.) for ... [more ▼]

Background In order to replace petrochemicals by bio-based lignin products in a lot of high value-added applications, a formic/acetic acid treatment was adapted to beech wood (Fagus sylvatica L.) for lignin extraction. Results Beech wood particles were delignified at atmospheric pressure by a formic acid/acetic acid/water mixture. Cooking time and temperature were optimized for delignification, pulp yield and 2-furfural concentration. Response surface design analysis revealed that delignification yield increased with cooking time and temperature. Conclusion The multi-criteria optimization of delignification was used to find the ideal cooking conditions (5h07 min, 104.2°C) which could be satisfactory for the maximization of delignification (70.5%) and pulp yield (58.7%) and, to a lesser extent, for the minimization of 2-furfural production. Treatment conditions were found to influence the chemical structure of extracted lignins. Cooking time and temperature influenced inversely lignin molecular weights. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a formic/acetic acid treatment of beech wood (Fagus sylvatica L.) for delignification
Simon, Mathilde ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Lignin is a promising molecule constituting a renewable alternative to some petrochemical industry products. Lignin is an aromatic cross-linked heteropolymer composed of three phenylpropanoids (p ... [more ▼]

Lignin is a promising molecule constituting a renewable alternative to some petrochemical industry products. Lignin is an aromatic cross-linked heteropolymer composed of three phenylpropanoids (p-hydroxyphenyl, guaiacyl and syringyl units) linked together via radical coupling reactions by specific ether or carbon-carbon bonds. With this phenylpropanoid structure, lignin is a rich resource of biobased products that could find high-valued applications in a lot of different areas like petrochemical polymer reinforcement and replacement, antioxidants, stabilizers, resins and vanillin production... The first challenge of the valorization of lignins is their extraction from raw materials. Lignins can be found in different lignocellulosic substrates like grasses, softwood and hardwood. This extraction process needs the development of suitable biomass treatments, allowing efficient lignin recuperation without degradation. This one could lead to the loss of some interesting properties and so of some valorization possibilities. In this study, beech wood (Fagus sylvatica L.) was collected in the region of Gaume (Belgium). Beech wood particles were delignified at atmospheric pressure by a mixture of formic acid/acetic acid/water. A central composite design and response surface methodology were used for the optimization of treatment parameters for delignification. The optima of two independent variables, namely time (1h30, 3h, 4h30) and temperature (87°C, 97°C, 107°C), were determined on delignification yield, pulp yield, concentration of degradation products (furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural). Moreover, the impact of these two variables on the amount of residual linkages between phenylpropanoid units was evaluated by semi-quantitative bidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR-HSQC). Our results highlight that the delignification yields increase when cooking time and temperature are elevated. Nevertheless, under these conditions, pulp yield decreases as hydrolysis of hemicelluloses and cellulose occurs. The hydrolysates of carbohydrates (free sugars or oligosaccharides) are contained in the black liquor. At elevated temperature and time, the amount of degradation products in the black liquor is increased. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a formic/acetic acid treatment of beech wood for lignin extraction
Simon, Mathilde ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2012, August)

Lignocellulosic substrates are a promising alternative resource for the sustainable production of energy (biofuels), bio-based products and organic compounds. In the past, the extraction and recycling of ... [more ▼]

Lignocellulosic substrates are a promising alternative resource for the sustainable production of energy (biofuels), bio-based products and organic compounds. In the past, the extraction and recycling of cellulose (into fermentable glucose) constituted the central axis of lignocellulosic biorefinery processes. Degraded hemicelluloses and lignins were recovered as side-products with no possibilities of high-added value applications. Within the context of an integrated biorefinery, and for economic reasons, the recovery and the non-energetic valorization of lignins have opened recently new horizons. Lignin is a cross-linked phenolic polymer and is considered as potential alternative to petrochemical polymers or as a source of antioxidants for cosmetics and food industry, resins, chelating agent... As the final application of lignin depends on both extraction process and type of lignocellulosic sources, the development of fast and efficient physicochemical characterization methods is thus a prerequisite to optimize extraction processing conditions. In this study, beech wood particles (Fagus sylvatica L.) are delignified at atmospheric pressure by a formic acid/acetic acid/water mixture. Firstly, response surface methodology is used to optimize cooking time and temperature for delignification, pulp yield and concentration of degradation products (2-furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural). The results highlight that best delignification is obtained in the highest cooking times and temperatures and that 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is produced during the formic/acetic acid treatment but is also degraded into 2-furfural. With the aim to develop an integrated biorefinery approach, multi-criteria optimization is used to find ideal cooking time and temperature (5h07, 104.2°C) leading to the maximization of delignification and pulp yield and to the minimization of 2-furfural production Finally, physicochemical and chemical structures of extracted lignins are found dependent on treatment conditions harshness. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization Of A Heat Pump For Satellite Cooling
Bell, Ian ULg; Lemort, Vincent

in 15 th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue (2014, July)

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See detailOptimization of a high performance thin layer chromatography method to quantify solanines in patatoes
Bodart, P.; Hubert, Philippe ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg et al

in Journal de Pharmacie de Belgique (1999), 54

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See detailOPTIMIZATION OF A NEW TWO-PLATE SCREENING METHOD FOR THE DETECTION OF ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES IN MEAT.
Pham Kim, Dang; Degand, Guy ULg; Danyi, Sophie et al

Poster (2011)

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See detailOptimization of a PGSS (particles from gas saturated solutions) process for a fenofibrate lipid-based solid dispersion formulation
Pestieau, Aude ULg; Krier, Fabrice ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2015), 485

The aim of this study was to develop a formulation containing fenofibrate and Gelucire® 50/13 (Gattefossé, France) in order to improve the oral bioavailability of the drug. Particles from Gas Saturated ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to develop a formulation containing fenofibrate and Gelucire® 50/13 (Gattefossé, France) in order to improve the oral bioavailability of the drug. Particles from Gas Saturated Solutions (PGSS) process was chosen for investigation as a manufacturing process for producing a solid dispersion. The PGSS process was optimized according to the in vitro drug dissolution profile obtained using a biphasic dissolution test. Using a design of experiments approach, the effects of nine experimental parameters were investigated using a PGSS apparatus provided by Separex® (Champigneulles, France). Within the chosen experimental conditions, the screening results showed that the drug loading level, the autoclave temperature and pressure, the connection temperature and the nozzle diameter had a significant influence on the dissolution profile of fenofibrate. During the optimization step, the three most relevant parameters were optimized using a central composite design, while other factors remained fixed. In this way, we were able to identify the optimal production conditions that would deliver the highest level of fenofibrate in the organic phase at the end of the dissolution test. The closeness between the measured and the predicted optimal dissolution profiles in the organic phase demonstrated the validity of the statistical analyses. [less ▲]

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