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See detailAssessment of Solvent Degradation within a Global Process Model of Post-Combustion CO2 Capture
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg

in Klemes, Jiri; Varbanov, Petar; Liew, Peng (Eds.) Proceedings of the 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering – ESCAPE 24 (2014)

Solvent degradation may be a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. However, its influence on the ... [more ▼]

Solvent degradation may be a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. However, its influence on the process operations has rarely been studied. In the present work, a kinetics model describing solvent oxidative and thermal degradation has been developed based on own experimental results for the benchmark solvent, i.e. 30 wt% monoethanolamine (MEA) in water. This model has been included into a global Aspen Plus model of the CO2 capture process. The selected process modelling approaches are described in the present work. Using the resulting simulation model, optimal operating conditions can be identified to minimize both the energy requirement and the solvent degradation in the process. This kind of process model assessing solvent degradation may contribute to the design of large-scale CO2 capture plants to consider not only the process energy penalty, but also its environmental penalty. Indeed, both aspects are relevant for the large-scale deployment of the CO2 capture technology. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Solvent Degradation within a Global Process Model of Post-Combustion CO2 Capture
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg

Conference (2014, June 17)

Solvent degradation may be a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. However, its influence on the ... [more ▼]

Solvent degradation may be a major drawback for the large-scale implementation of post-combustion CO2 capture due to amine consumption and emission of degradation products. However, its influence on the process operations has rarely been studied. In the present work, a kinetics model describing solvent oxidative and thermal degradation has been developed based on own experimental results for the benchmark solvent, i.e. 30 wt% monoethanolamine (MEA) in water. This model has been included into a global Aspen Plus model of the CO2 capture process. The selected process modelling approaches are described in the present work. Using the resulting simulation model, optimal operating conditions can be identified to minimize both the energy requirement and the solvent degradation in the process. This kind of process model assessing solvent degradation may contribute to the design of large-scale CO2 capture plants to consider not only the process energy penalty, but also its environmental penalty. Indeed, both aspects are relevant for the large-scale deployment of the CO2 capture technology. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of space radiation effects on solid-state Brillouin phase conjugate mirrors
Brignon, Arnaud; Richard, Sébastien; Gusarov, Andreï et al

in Applied Optics (2007), 46(22), 5329-5335

Optical phase conjugation (OPC) provides a means of dynamical correction of thermally induced aberrations in high-power laser systems. This method is particularly interesting for space applications ... [more ▼]

Optical phase conjugation (OPC) provides a means of dynamical correction of thermally induced aberrations in high-power laser systems. This method is particularly interesting for space applications because it is passive, mechanically simple, and allows for improved beam quality with only a small loss in power. To exploit it one has to assess the effect of the space environment, and in particular of space radiation, on the properties of the materials that are suitable for phase-conjugating mirrors (PCMs). We have investigated both materials providing OPC via stimulated Brillouin scattering and actual PCMs with regard to their radiation hardness. Proton- and gamma-irradiated PCMs in the form of 30-cm long silica rods and 5-cm long TeO2 crystals were tested in a single frequency flash-lamp pumped Nd:YAG system delivering up to 220 mJ pulses with a 20 ns duration at a 50 Hz repetition rate. The difference in the reflectivity between irradiated and nonirradiated components was found to be within the measurement errors. Gamma irradiation of TeO2 resulted in a decrease of the laser-induced damage threshold, while for silica possible changes were below the detection limit. Our results show that synthetic fused silica, and Lithosil in particular, can be used for generating the OPC in laser systems operating in a space radiation environment. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of stress level in horses (Equus caballus): behavioural and physiological measurements in hospital.
Peeters, Marie ULg; Péters, F.; Sulon, J. et al

Conference (2008)

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See detailAssessment of stress level in horses during competition using salivary cortisol: preliminary studies
Peeters, Marie ULg; Sulon, Joseph; Serteyn, Didier ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Behavior : Clinical Applications and Research (2010, July), 5(4), 216

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See detailAssessment of structure-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis: surrogate or hard clinical end points?
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Future Rheumatology (2006), 1(2), 199-206

Current regulatory requirements for the development of disease-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis (OA) still consider the measurement of joint space narrowing (a change in joint space width over many years ... [more ▼]

Current regulatory requirements for the development of disease-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis (OA) still consider the measurement of joint space narrowing (a change in joint space width over many years) on plain x-rays as the appropriate primary end point for the demonstration of efficacy. However, other outcomes have recently been proposed. Among these, time to joint replacement appears to be an attractive option. Preliminary results are encouraging; however, more data are needed before recommending joint replacement as a primary outcome in disease-modifying OA drugs. It should be acknowledged that, owing to potential biases (e.g., absence of recommended guidelines, socio–economic and gender disparities in the rates of knee surgery, variability from country to country and willingness of patients to undergo the surgery), a recent expert consensus panel did not recommend this particular outcome as the primary end point for assessing the success or failure of a disease-modifying drug. Other tools, such as magnetic resonance imaging or biochemical markers, have potential as outcome measures but more studies are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of systolic myocardial function in conscious healthy dogs during dobutamine infusion
Mc Entee, K; Amory, Hélène ULg; Pypendop, B et al

in In Proceedings of the 6th ESVIM Congress (1996)

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See detailAssessment of the 3D Localization of Metallic Nanoparticles in Pd/SiO2 Cogelled Catalysts by Electron Tomography
Gommes, Cédric ULg; de Jong, Krijn; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Langmuir (2005), 21

The purpose of this study is to analyze the localization of palladium nanoparticles within their silica support, in two heterogeneous catalysts synthesized by the sol-gel process, with different metal ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to analyze the localization of palladium nanoparticles within their silica support, in two heterogeneous catalysts synthesized by the sol-gel process, with different metal loadings. Electron tomography demonstrates that the palladium particles are localized deep inside the silica skeleton. The use of digital image analysis further shows that the dispersion of palladium is optimal in the sample with the lowest loading. The particles are regularly spaced in the middle of the silica skeleton, with a distance between them comparable to the diameter of the struts of silica. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the acaricidal activity of several plant extracts on the phytophagous mite Tetranychus urticae (Tetranychidae) in Tunisian citrus orchards
Attia, Sabrine; Grissa, Kaouthar Lebdi; Zeineb, Ghrabi-Gammar et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Entomologie = Bulletin van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (2011), 147(I-IV), 71-79

To develop sustainable pest control in Tunisian citrus orchards, the present work aimed to evalute the toxicity of 31 plant extracts obtained from Tunisia and two synthetic acaricides (spirodiclofen and ... [more ▼]

To develop sustainable pest control in Tunisian citrus orchards, the present work aimed to evalute the toxicity of 31 plant extracts obtained from Tunisia and two synthetic acaricides (spirodiclofen and fenbutatin oxide) on the phytophagous mite species Tetranychus urticae (Koch). [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the Biological Effectiveness of Nasal Synthetic Salmon Calcitonin (Ssct) by Comparison with Intramuscular (I.M.) or Placebo Injection in Normal Subjects
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Denis, D.; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Bone and Mineral (1987), 2(2), 133-40

For patients who require treatment over a period of some years, intranasal administration of synthetic salmon calcitonin (SSCT) obviates the discomfort associated with administration by injection ... [more ▼]

For patients who require treatment over a period of some years, intranasal administration of synthetic salmon calcitonin (SSCT) obviates the discomfort associated with administration by injection. Moreover, this mode of administration is not associated with the side effects normally encountered when calcitonin is injected intramuscularly or subcutaneously. The aim of this study was to assess, in normal subjects, the biological activity of nasal SSCT by comparing the fluctuations of parameters reflecting calcium-phosphorus metabolism after nasal instillation, injection of SSCT and injection of placebo, respectively. In nine healthy subjects, this instillation of 200 IU of SSCT into the nasal cavity caused a fall in serum calcium, a fall in serum phosphorus and a transient rise in parathyroid hormone levels similar to that observed after the intramuscular (i.m.) injection of 80 IU of SSCT. SSCT whether administered by the nasal route or by injection, does not inhibit endogenous calcitonin secretion. There were no changes in serum beta-endorphin, magnesium or erythrocyte magnesium levels after administration of calcitonin by the intranasal route or by injection. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the cell-mediated immunity in cattle infection after bovine herpesvirus 4 infection, using an in vitro antigen-specific interferon-gamma assay.
Godfroid, J.; Czaplicki, G.; Kerkhofs, P. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1996), 53(1-2), 133-41

The cell-mediated immunity (CMI) following bovine herpesvirus 4 (BHV4) infection has been poorly investigated in cattle. The in vivo response measured by a delayed type of hypersensitivity (DTH) assay has ... [more ▼]

The cell-mediated immunity (CMI) following bovine herpesvirus 4 (BHV4) infection has been poorly investigated in cattle. The in vivo response measured by a delayed type of hypersensitivity (DTH) assay has been reported to be positive in only few animals showing serological evidences of BHV4 infection. We have investigated the CMI following BHV4 infection by an in vitro antigen-specific interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) release assay, as an indicator of an actively acquired immunity to BHV4. Our preliminary results using a partially purified antigen suggest that there was a measurable CMI in 75 out of 168 animals (44.4%) originating from a farm with a clinical history and serological evidences (76.3% seropositivity) of BHV4 infection. If the results of serological tests and BHV4 IFN-gamma test are interpreted in parallel, 81.5% of the animals are classified positive, demonstrating the complementarity of these tests. The specificity of the BHV4 IFN-gamma test was supported by the absence of a measurable CMI in 41 animals originating from a farm with no clinical history or serological evidence of BHV4 infection. In an allied study, we developed a bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV1) IFN-gamma test. This allowed us to measure the antigen specific IFN-gamma release after stimulation with a mixture of BHV1 and BHV4 antigens. Animals that were classified negative by the BHV4 IFN-gamma test and by the BHV1 IFN-gamma test, were classified negative after stimulation with a mixture of both antigens. Animals that were classified positive by the BHV4 IFN-gamma test or the BHV1 IFN-gamma test, were classified positive after stimulation with a mixture of both antigens. Taken together these results suggest that the in vitro assessment of the CMI after BHV4 infection should be further investigated as a specific and valuable alternative to the DTH assay. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the chemical contamination in home-produced eggs in Belgium: General overview of the CONTEGG study
Van Overmeire, Ilse; Pussemier, Luc; Wageneers, Nadia et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2009), 407(15), 4403-4410

This overview paper describes a study conducted for the Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment during 2006–2007. Home-produced eggs from Belgian private owners of hens ... [more ▼]

This overview paper describes a study conducted for the Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment during 2006–2007. Home-produced eggs from Belgian private owners of hens were included in a large study aiming to determine concentration levels of various environmental contaminants. Bymeans of the analyses of soil samples and of kitchen waste samples, obtained from the same locations, an investigation towards the possible sources of contaminants was possible. Eggs, soils, faeces and kitchen waste samples were checked for the presence of dioxins, PCBs (including dioxin-like PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, trace elements, PAHs, brominated flame retardants and mycotoxins. The study design, sampling methodology and primary conclusions of the study are given. It was found that in some cases dioxin-like compounds were present at levels that are of concern for the health of the egg consumers. Therefore, measures to limit their contamination in eggs, produced by hens of private owners, were proposed and deserve further attentio [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the combustion characteristics of hydrogen transverse jets in supersonic crossflow
Gamba, Mirko; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Saghafian, Amirreza et al

in Annual Research Briefs (2011)

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See detailAssessment of the ecological status of Mediterranean French coastal waters as required by the Water Framework Directive using the Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index: PREI
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Sartoretto, Stéphane; Rico-Raimondino, Valérie et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2009), 58

This paper describes the PREI (Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index), a method used to assess the ecological status of seawater along Mediterranean French coasts. The PREI was drawn up according to the ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the PREI (Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index), a method used to assess the ecological status of seawater along Mediterranean French coasts. The PREI was drawn up according to the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC) and was tested on 24 and 18 stations in PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur) and Corsica respectively. The PREI is based on five metrics: shoot density, shoot leaf surface area, E/L ratio (Epiphytic biomass/leaf biomass), depth of lower limit, and type of this lower limit. The 42 studied stations were classified in the first four levels of status: high, good, moderate and poor. The PREI values ranged between 0.280 and 0.847; this classification is in accordance with our field knowledge and with our knowledge of the literature. The PREI was validated regarding human pressure levels (r²= 0.74). (http://eurex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2000:327:0001:0072:EN:PDF) [less ▲]

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