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See detailModelling Farmers Credit Allocation Decisions and Impacts on Farms Technical Efficiency in Benin, West Africa
Sossou, Comlan ULg; Noma, Freddy; Yabi, Jacob

Poster (2014)

This paper models farmers credit allocation behaviours in schemes and analyses effects of the schemes on farms technical efficiency. Data were collected from 476 farmers using the multistage sampling ... [more ▼]

This paper models farmers credit allocation behaviours in schemes and analyses effects of the schemes on farms technical efficiency. Data were collected from 476 farmers using the multistage sampling procedure. The stochastic frontier truncated-normal with conditional mean model was used to assess allocation schemes effects on farms technical efficiency. A Tobit model reveals the impact of farmers' socio-demographic characteristics on efficiency scores. Results revealed that the revenue 2,262,566 Fcfa is positively correlated with acreage, quantity of labour and costs of fertilisers, insecticides, fertilisers. The average technical efficiency score is 0.675 (±0.137). The scores are diversely distributed across farms, with a median score equals to 0.713. Farmers behaviours respond to six credit investments schemes, which are categorised in two allocation contexts: in-farm and out-farm allocations. In the latter credit is invested towards social needs (weddings, traditional festivals, etc.) and household needs (health, education, housing etc.). Credit in-farm allocations are towards production inputs (land, labour, capital). The model showed that only one scheme impacted positively farms technical efficiency: scheme (e). It is the decision to invest the credit to purchase better quality of pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, etc. The positive effect of the scheme (c) may be significant under conditions of farmers' education level improvement. Then, scheme (e) is a better investment for all farmers; either they have a high or low level of education. But the credit allocation to buy agricultural materials is positive only for the educated farmers; who are 53.53% of the surveyed farmers. The scores of efficiency are reduced by household size and gender of the household head. Therefore, households with less than 10 members, an educated man as head; are likely to improve their farms technical efficiency through two credit investments schemes: Credit×Capital and Credit×Intermediary-inputs. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling Financial Data and Portfolio Optimization Problems
Schyns, Michael ULg

Doctoral thesis (2001)

This doctoral dissertation in management science, entitled “Modelling Financial Data and Portfolio Optimization Problems”, consists of two independent parts, whose unifying theme is the construction and ... [more ▼]

This doctoral dissertation in management science, entitled “Modelling Financial Data and Portfolio Optimization Problems”, consists of two independent parts, whose unifying theme is the construction and solution of mathematical programming models motivated by portfolio selection problems. As such, this work is located at the interface of operations research and of finance. It draws heavily on techniques and theoretical results originating in both disciplines. The first part of the dissertation (Chapter 2) deals with an extension of Markowitz model and takes into account some of the side-constraints faced by a decision-maker when composing an investment portfolio, viz. lower and upper bounds on the quantities traded, and upper bounds on the number of assets included in the portfolio. We focus on the algorithmic difficulties raised by this model and we describe an original simulated annealing heuristic for its solution. The second (and largest) part of the thesis deals with a new multiperiod model for the optimization of a portfolio of options linked to a single index (Chapters 4-10). The objective of the model is to maximize the expected return of the portfolio under constraints limiting its value-at-risk. The model contains several interesting features, like the possibility to rebalance the portfolio with options introduced at the start of each period, explicit consideration of transaction costs, realistic pricing of options, consideration of advanced probability models to represent the future, etc. Some deep theoretical results from the financial literature are exploited in order to enrich the model and to extend its applicability. In particular, several available schemes for the generation of scenarios and for option pricing have been critically examined, and the most appropriate ones have been implemented. Furthermore, several optimization approaches (heuristic or exact procedures) have also been developed, implemented and tested. The models investigated in the dissertation bear on very different portfolio problems, draw on separate streams of scientific literature, and are handled by distinct algorithmic techniques. Therefore, the corresponding parts of the dissertation are fully independent, and each part contains its own specific introduction and literature review. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling fire resistance of concrete beams
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (1997, March 11)

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See detailModelling flood events using high resolution digital elevation models and considering the sediment interaction with constructions in floodplains
Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (2006)

The main objective of the present paper is a description of two effective numerical 2D models to be used as strategic tools in the process of flood risks assessment and mitigation. The first one is a ... [more ▼]

The main objective of the present paper is a description of two effective numerical 2D models to be used as strategic tools in the process of flood risks assessment and mitigation. The first one is a model for hydrodynamics simplified according to the diffusive assumption while the second one is a complete model based on the shallow water equations. Each of them is solved with an efficient numerical technique (including implicit time integration schemes and GMRES linear solvers) maximizing the convergence rate towards a steady state. A practical case study, for which a high resolution Digital Elevation Model exists, will be presented. The study shows the consequences on structures of a new construction in the floodplain in terms of inundation and erosion. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling gas flow through the faulted clayey overburden of a deep water offshore reservoir.
Charlier, Robert ULg; Fourmaintraux, D.; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Int. Workshop on Geomechanics (2000, October)

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See detailModelling gas flow through the faulted clayey overburden of a deep water offshore reservoir.
Radu, Jean-Pol ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Cui, Y.-J. et al

in 3rd Euroconference on rock physics and rock mechanics (2000, November)

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See detailModelling geographical distributions in urban areas
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Unwin, David

in Donnay, Jean-Paul; Barnsley, M.; Longley, P. (Eds.) Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis (2001)

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See detailModelling Glacial-Interglacial Atmospheric CO2 Variations: The Role of Continental Weathering.
Munhoven, Guy ULg

Doctoral thesis (1997)

An eleven-box model of the ocean-atmosphere subsystem of the global carbon cycle is developed to study the potential contribution of continental rock weathering and of oceanic sedimentation to variations ... [more ▼]

An eleven-box model of the ocean-atmosphere subsystem of the global carbon cycle is developed to study the potential contribution of continental rock weathering and of oceanic sedimentation to variations of atmospheric CO2 pressure over glacial-interglacial time scales. The model is capable of reproducing the present-day distributions of total dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity, phosphate, δ13C, and Δ14C between the various ocean basins, as well as the partial pressure of atmospheric CO2. A simple sedimentation scheme drives carbonate deposition and dissolution at the sea-floor as a function of the depths of carbonate and aragonite lysoclines in each ocean basin considered (Atlantic, Antarctic and Indo-Pacific). Carbonate accumulation on the shelf is also taken into account. Three different methods are used to calculate histories for the evolution of CO2 consumption by continental rock weathering processes, with special emphasis on silicate weathering. The first method relies on the marine 87Sr/86Sr isotopic record. We find that this record does not represent a very strong constraint, due to the large spread of the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of waters draining silicate terrains. It is possible to construct a silicate weathering history that reproduces both the strontium isotopic record and the glacial-interglacial CO2 signal. This weathering history implies that CO2 consumption by silicate rock weathering was about 120% higher during glacial than during interglacial time. The second approach is based upon the marine Ge/Si record. Taking the major uncertainties in the knowledge of the Ge and Si cycles into account, several histories for the evolution of the riverine dissolved silica fluxes are calculated from this record. The investigation of the systematics between riverine dissolved silica and bicarbonate fluxes under different weathering regimes leads us to the tentative conclusion that, although there is no correlation between dissolved silica and total bicarbonate concentrations in the major rivers, there may exist a negative correlation between weathering intensity and the ratio of bicarbonate derived from silicate weathering alone to dissolved silica. With this correlation as a working hypothesis, it is possible to interpret the dissolved silica fluxes in terms of equivalent CO2 consumption rates. The calculated histories indicate that glacial rates of CO2 consumption by chemical silicate rock weathering could have been twice, and possibly up to three times and a half, as high as they are today. When used to force the carbon cycle model, they are responsible for glacial-interglacial pCO2 variations in the atmosphere of typically 50-60 ppm and up to 95-110 ppm. These variations are superimposed to a basic oscillation of 60 ppm generated by the model, mainly in response to coral reef buildup and erosion processes. The total pCO2 signal has an amplitude of about 80-90 ppm and up to 125-135 ppm. Although these large amplitudes indicate that silicate weathering processes should be taken into account when studying glacial-interglacial changes of CO2 in the atmosphere, it also raises new problems, such as too high CO2 levels during the period from 110-70 kyr B.P. In the third approach, the glacial-interglacial histories for the consumption of CO2 and the resulting transfer of bicarbonate to the ocean are calculated from the erosion model GEM-CO2}. The required variations of the continental runoff are derived from four different GCM climatologies. We find that the CO2 consumption and river bicarbonate fluxes were about 20% higher at the last glacial maximum than at present. The exposed shelf accounts for a large fraction of the calculated LGM flux, overcompensating the 20% decrease of the two fluxes over the continent. The constructed weathering scenarios still produce pCO2 variations of about 60 ppm between glacial and interglacial times, but the contribution from variable silicate weathering to this signal is now reduced to only 12+/-5 ppm. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling groundwater flow and solute transport in karstic systems: from dreams to the reality – how can models help for groundwater vulnerability assessment ?
Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Proceedings of Trans-Karst 2004, International Transdisciplinary Conference on Development and Conservation of Karst Regions (2004, September)

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See detailModelling groundwater pumping and coupled heat transport in a alluvial aquifer: tests using different codes an optimisation
Fossoul, Frédérique ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Carrera, Jesus (Ed.) XVIII International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources, CMWR 2010 (2010, June 24)

Various aquifers are studied in terms of low temperature geothermal potential. The feasibility and impact studies of these systems imply very often a numerical simulation of groundwater flow and heat ... [more ▼]

Various aquifers are studied in terms of low temperature geothermal potential. The feasibility and impact studies of these systems imply very often a numerical simulation of groundwater flow and heat transport. Nowadays, some finite element or finite difference codes are able to deal with such non linear simulations. On a synthetic case study and then on a real case study, a detailed comparative sensitivity analysis is performed using three different codes (MT3DMS, SHEMAT and HYDROGEOSHERE). For low temperatures and relatively small temperature changes, it appears rapidly that the uncertainty affecting values of the main hydrodynamic parameters (i.e. hydraulic conductivity) influences more the results than taking into account any coupling or non linearity. For a case study, the pumping and associated groundwater flow and heat transport are modeled in an alluvial aquifer interacting with a main river in order to assess feasibility of a low energy air cooling /heating system for a large office building. The worst case scenario corresponds to hot summer conditions simultaneously with river maximum temperature and the model leads to an optimization with intermittent pumping in minimum 6 wells. Numerical codes are ready to simulate complex groundwater flow, solute transport and heat transport situations in aquifers, however efforts must be realized to obtain reliable experimental in-situ measured values for the hydro-thermal properties. [less ▲]

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See detailmodelling heat and mass transfer during convective drying of a building material
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg; Belhamri, Azeddine; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 24)

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0 ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0, 5. The drying tests are realized in a convective dryer designed for the drying of small samples (0 - 8g). Experiences are realized with different conditions of drying air temperature (60, 90 and 130 °C) and velocity (2, 3 and 5 m/s) the results show the influence of temperature and velocity on drying curve. Mathematical models have been used for the description of drying curves. The exponential mathematical model seems the most adequate to describe the drying curves of cement mortars, with correlation coefficients changing with the air temperature and velocity and close to unity. The convective mass and heat transfer coefficients are determined from the experimental data. The results showed that both mass and heat transfer coefficients were affected by the air temperature and velocity. The convective mass transfer coefficient changed from 0.0232m/s at V=2m/s to 0.045m/s at V=5m/s, and from 0.055 m/s at 60°c to 0.023 at 130°c. Heat transfer coefficient changed from 14.767 w/m2°c at V=2m/s to 28.64 w/m2°c at V=5m/s and from 7.71 at 60° c to 14.77 at 130°c The temperature dependency of the two coefficients was expressed using an Arrhenius-type equation and related parameters were deduced [less ▲]

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See detailModelling hte dynamics of oxygen in the Black Sea northwestern shelf
Capet, Arthur ULg; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Joassin, Pascal et al

Conference (2011, May)

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See detailModelling hydro-mechanical coupling using a FE² doublescale approach
van den Eijnden, Abraham Pieter ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Bésuelle, Pierre et al

Conference (2013, September 11)

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See detailModelling Hydrodynamically Dominated Marine Ecosystems
Delhez, Eric ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (1998), 1-2

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See detailModelling Hydromechanical Dilation Geomaterial—Cavitation and Localization
Sieffert, Y.; Buzzi, O.; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Chau, Kam Tim; Zhao, Jidong (Eds.) Bifurcation and Degradation of Geomaterials in the New Millennium (2015, January)

This paper presents an extension of the local second gradient model to multiphasic materials (solid particles, air, water) and including the cavitation phenomenon. This new development was made in order ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an extension of the local second gradient model to multiphasic materials (solid particles, air, water) and including the cavitation phenomenon. This new development was made in order to model the response of saturated dilatant materials under deviatoric stress and undrained conditions and possibly, in future, the behaviour of unsaturated soils [less ▲]

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See detailModelling in anaesthesia and intensive care: a special section including papers from IFAC's 8. Symposium on Medical and Biological Systems in Budapest 2012.
Andreassen, Steen; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Karbing, Dan S.

in Journal of clinical monitoring and computing (2014)

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