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See detailAssessment of the seismic performances of modern unreinforced multi-storey clay masonry buildings
Degée, Hervé ULg; Mordant, Christophe ULg; Lascar, Laurentiu et al

in Papadrakakis, Manolis; Papadopoulos, Vissarion; Plevris, Vagelis (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Proceedings - An IACM Special Interest Conference (2013)

This paper presents an overall summary of a recent research project aiming at the validation of structural solutions using unreinforced load-bearing clay masonry for family houses and multi-storey ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an overall summary of a recent research project aiming at the validation of structural solutions using unreinforced load-bearing clay masonry for family houses and multi-storey buildings fulfilling the requirements of Eurocode 8 for low to moderate seismic areas. The paper covers the following issues: (i) Presentation of a database of typical buildings for the considered geographical area; (ii) Collection of the mechanical properties for the different material entering into the design; (iii) Assessment of the seismic behaviour of the configurations of the data-base, using the experimentally characterised material properties. The analysis is carried out by a pushover procedure using an equivalent frame modelling for describing the global structural behaviour. Results are evaluated on the base of the N2-method. General outcomes of the study are expressed in terms of overall seismic resistance for the required ground acceleration level of the zones (typically 0.1 to 015g) and of forces to be transferred at the floor-to-wall connections. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the selenium status in cattle herds in Wallonia
Mehdi, Youcef ULg; Dotreppe, Olivier ULg; Robaye, Vincent ULg et al

in 64th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2013, August 26)

The selenium content is low in the soil of Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium. It is therefore logical that the selenium content in feedstuffs grown in these fields-grass, conserved forages, cereals ... [more ▼]

The selenium content is low in the soil of Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium. It is therefore logical that the selenium content in feedstuffs grown in these fields-grass, conserved forages, cereals and by-products- is also low. A survey was carried on 166 farms in Wallonia. The farms were located in 4 specific agronomy areas- Pays de Herve with mainly pastures (4farms)- Ardennes (a sub-mountainous area and pastures, 24 farms), Hesbays with mainly arable lands (55 farms) and Condroz with both pastures and arable (83 farms) There were herds with dairy cow, herds with beef cow and herds with both types of animals. The average age was 44±15 months for the cows and 18±6 months for the heifers. The blood samples were taken on five healthy animals of each herd, on the end of the winter just before the animals went to pastures. The selenium status was assessed by the activity of the Glutathion peroydase. The selenium status was extremely variable for the different farms of the 4 areas with variation coefficient of 56%. It was in Pays de Herve and in Hesbaye that the average selenium status was the highest at 53 and 56 µg Se/l. By contrast, it was in Ardenne and in Condroz that the status was the lowest, at 39 and 43 µg Se/l. The selenium status was, on the whole, higher in the dairy herds than in the beef herds owing to the higher selenium provision by the mineral mixtures and the compound feedstuffs added to the diet. Assuming that the normal selenium concentration in plasma being 70µg/l, it appeared also that 81% of the individual animals tested were below the normal Se concentration. It can thus be concluded from the present survey that the cattle herds in Wallonia are deficient in selenium. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the species richness of highly eusocial bees according with habitat in Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint; Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to ... [more ▼]

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to various human activities. An evaluation of the richness of social bees in three locaties in Gabon (Central Africa) was conducted from October 2013 to March 2014: Kougouleu who underwent deforestation and implantation of food crops, forest area Mas- sengalini in bu er zone of protected area of Lope and Lekokodiba in logging concession of Preccious Woods Gabon. For this, a collection was conducted using yellow traps lled with a mixture of water and honey and using a hand vacuum in 20 sites in each area. The number of species was compared to that estimated there are about thirty years. Eleven species of social bees (Apis mellifera adansonii and ten stingless bee species) were collected, of which 5 to Kougouleu, 8 to Massengalini and 11 to L ekokodiba. Honeybee has been collected in all localities. Forest localities are distinguished from Kougouleu by higher species diversity. This di erence is highly signi cant (Kruskal-Wallis 2 = 45.362, df = 2 and p-value<0.001). A decrease of approximately 50% of the number of stingless bee species in 30 years was found to Kougouleu, while the number of social bee species varies little in forest localities. Our study shows that the loss of forest habitat causes a decline in the species richness of social bees and stingless bees are more sensitive to this loss as the honeybee. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the traffic induced soil compaction risk
Louvet, Jean-Noël ULg; Verswijvel, Johan; Abroughui, Khaoula et al

Scientific conference (2012, May 15)

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See detailAssessment of the ventilatory response to CO2 in two breeds of calves
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th Comparative Respiratory Society Meeting (1991)

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See detailAssessment of thermal comfort in existing pre-1945 residential building stock
Singh, M.K.; Attia, Shady ULg; Mahapatra, Sadha et al

in Energy (2016), 98(March), 122-134

The building sector is the third-largest consumer of primary energy in Belgium. This is partly because of the high percentage of old buildings (buildings constructed before 1945) in its building stock ... [more ▼]

The building sector is the third-largest consumer of primary energy in Belgium. This is partly because of the high percentage of old buildings (buildings constructed before 1945) in its building stock. Existing international standards on thermal comfort focus primarily on new construction and commercial buildings but tend to overlook old buildings. This study involves a thermal comfort assessment of fully functional (in use) residential buildings constructed before 1945 in Liège (Belgium). The research methodology is based on continuous long term monitoring of the indoor environment (November 2011 to May 2012) and followed by comfort surveys for selected houses in the city. The analysis of the collected data shows that family composition, envelope performance and the occupants' interaction with the indoor environment greatly affected occupant preferences and functioning of the indoor thermal environment. This study reveals that the occupants' interaction with the indoor thermal environment to restore comfortable thermal conditions varies throughout the day, by adjusting the temperature in different rooms of the house at different times of the day. This study argues that modern comfort standards have failed to estimate the comfort level in these old buildings and, if applied, they would lead to under estimation of their thermal comfort. [less ▲]

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See detailThe assessment of third metacarpal bone speed of sound measurements in young exercising thorougbreds
Carstanjen, B; Langlois, P; Detilleux, Johann ULg et al

in Proceedings of the European Society of the Veterinary Society (ESVOT) (2002)

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See detailAssessment of three ovulation induction protocols in mares (hCG, Buserelin and Crude Equine Gonadotropin)
Mourier, E.; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2007, September), 42(Suppl. 2), 76

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See detailAssessment of Toll-like receptor 2, 4 and 9 SNP genotypes in canine sino-nasal aspergillosis
Mercier; Peters, Iain; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2014)

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See detailAssessment of topical hypopigmenting agents on solar lentigines of Asian women.
Hermanns, Jean-François ULg; Petit, Ludivine; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 281-6

BACKGROUND: So-called darkened age spots encompass distinct pathological processes. The efficacy of topical depigmenting agents is difficult to objectivate. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hypopigmenting effect ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: So-called darkened age spots encompass distinct pathological processes. The efficacy of topical depigmenting agents is difficult to objectivate. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hypopigmenting effect of three cosmetic formulations using objective biometrological methods. METHODS: 50 women of South-East Asian ancestry were enrolled in this pilot study. They had solar lentigines according to dermoscopic criteria. The lesions were treated by topical hypopigmenting formulations. Products were applied twice daily for 2 or 3 months. Assessments at 1-month intervals were made using narrow-band reflectance spectrophotometry, image analysis of video-recorded ultraviolet light reflection and photodensitometry- and image-analysis-assisted corneomelametry. RESULTS: A 20% azelaic acid formulation and another one containing 5% ascorbyl glucosamine, 1% kojic acid and alpha-hydroxyacid esters appeared inefficacious on solar lentigines. A stabilized soy extract showed a better although modest lightening effect when assessed by corneomelametry. The subclinical or faint mottled skin revealed by ultraviolet light examination better responded (p < 0.05) to treatments. CONCLUSION: Focal epidermal hyperpigmentation is better controlled by topical whitening agents when the increase in melanin content reflects a modest functional hyperactivity of melanocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of trophic relationships between symbiotic tropical ophiuroids using C and N stable isotope analysis
Fourgon, Didier; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Eeckhaut, Igor

in Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (2006), 86(6), 1443-1447

Analyses of the natural abundance of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes were performed to investigate the feeding habits of two ophiurolds, Ophiomastix venosa and Ophiocoma scolopendrina, and to assess ... [more ▼]

Analyses of the natural abundance of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes were performed to investigate the feeding habits of two ophiurolds, Ophiomastix venosa and Ophiocoma scolopendrina, and to assess the potential benefit obtained by the symbiotic Ophiomastix venosa juveniles. A tracer experiment was also carried Out to clarify the contribution of algae to the nitrogen uptake amongst the tested ophiurolds. Our results suggest that Ophiocoma scolopendrina adults occupy a higher position in the food web than Ophiomastix venosa and mainly feed on neuston. In contrast, O. venosa adults feed on the alga Sargassum densifolium, and on organic matter associated with sediment. Free juveniles and symbiotic juveniles of O. venosa have intermediate PC values between both adult species. The high proportion of C-13 in the symbiotic juveniles compared to the one in their conspecific adults indicates that their diet slightly differs from the latter and is closer to that of Ophiocoma scolopendrina. This raises the hypothesis that symbiotic juveniles steal neuston front their associated host, O. scolopendrina. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Ultimate Bending Moment of Ships from a Reliability Point of View, Using Independent Perturbations Method
Toderan, Catalin; Richir, Thomas; Caprace, Jean-David ULg et al

in Network for Integrating Structural Safety, Risk and Reliability (ASRANet) (2006, July)

This paper presents a method to asses hull girder ultimate bending moment distribution, taking into account parameters uncertainty. This method is a part of a research activity carried out at University ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a method to asses hull girder ultimate bending moment distribution, taking into account parameters uncertainty. This method is a part of a research activity carried out at University of Liege. The method is able to compute four statistical moments of ultimate strength distribution: average, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis. Geometry parameters, material parameters and initial imperfections (initial deflections and residual stresses) are considered as random variables and a distribution is associated to each of them. Ultimate bending moment algorithm is a progressive collapse analysis based on Smith method and associated with the load-end shortening model proposed by Bureau Veritas and Joint Bulker Project Rules (JBP). In order to perform a reliability analysis, this algorithm is coupled with independent perturbations method. The advantage is a lower number of simulations compared to the standard Monte-Carlo procedure and a good use of the initial information that is available. The paper contains also a comparative analysis between the presented method and a linear sensitivity analysis performed by the ISSC 2000 “Ultimate Strength” committee for a VLCC structure. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of urinary pheromone discrimination, partner preference, and mating behaviors in female mice.
Brock, Olivier; Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, Michael J.

in Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) (2013), 1068

Behavioral testing methods are described for determining whether female mice can discriminate between volatile urinary pheromones of conspecifics of the same vs. opposite sex and/or in different endocrine ... [more ▼]

Behavioral testing methods are described for determining whether female mice can discriminate between volatile urinary pheromones of conspecifics of the same vs. opposite sex and/or in different endocrine conditions, for determining sexual partner preference, for quantifying receptive (lordosis) behavior, and for monitoring the expression of male-typical mounting behavior in female mice. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Assessment of vegetable oils as renewable environmentally acceptable lubricants
CLOESEN, C.; NELIS, M.; KABUYA, A. et al

Scientific conference (1996)

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See detailAssessment of ventricular contractility and ventricular-arterial coupling with a model-based sensor.
Desaive, Thomas ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; JANSSEN, Nathalie ULg et al

in Computer Methods & Programs in Biomedicine (2013), 109(2),

Estimation of ventricular contractility and ventricular arterial coupling is clinically important in diagnosing and treating cardiac dysfunction in the critically ill. However, experimental assessment of ... [more ▼]

Estimation of ventricular contractility and ventricular arterial coupling is clinically important in diagnosing and treating cardiac dysfunction in the critically ill. However, experimental assessment of indexes of ventricular contractility, such as the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship, requires a highly invasive maneuver and measurements that are not typical in an intensive care unit (ICU). This research describes the use of a previously validated cardiovascular system model and parameter identification process to evaluate the right ventricular arterial coupling in septic shock. Model-based ventricular arterial coupling is defined by the ratio of the end systolic right ventricular elastance (E(esrvf)) over the pulmonary artery elastance (E(pa)) or the mean pulmonary inflow resistance (R(pulin)). Results are compared to the clinical gold-standard assessment (conductance catheter method). Six anesthetized healthy pigs weighing 20-30kg received a 0.5mgkg(-1) endotoxin infusion over a period of 30min from T0 to T30, to induce septic shock and veno-venous hemofiltration was used from T60 onward. The results show good agreement with the gold-standard experimental assessment. In particular, the model-based right ventricular elastance (E(esrvf)) correlates well with the clinical gold standard (R(2)=0.69) and the model-based non-invasive coupling (E(esrvf)/R(pulin)) follow the same trends and dynamics (R(2)=0.37). The overall results show the potential to develop a model-based sensor to monitor ventricular-arterial coupling in clinical real-time. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of ventricular-arterial coupling with a model-based sensor
Desaive, Thomas ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; GHUYSEN, Alexandre ULg et al

in Proceedings of CONTROL 2010 (2010)

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See detailAssessment of visual fixatio in vegetative and minimally conscious states
Di, Haibo; Nie, Yunzhi; Hu, Xiaohu et al

in BMC Neurology (2014), 14(147),

Background: Visual fixation plays a key role in the differentiation between vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness (VS/UWS) syndrome and minimally conscious state (MCS). However, the use of different ... [more ▼]

Background: Visual fixation plays a key role in the differentiation between vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness (VS/UWS) syndrome and minimally conscious state (MCS). However, the use of different stimuli changes the frequency of visual fixation occured in patients, thereby possibly affecting the accuracy of the diagnosis. In order to establish a standardized assessment of visual fixation in patients in disorders of consciousness (DOC), we compared the frequency of visual fixation elicited by mirror,a ball and a light. Method: Visual fixation was assessed in eighty-one post-comatose patients diagnosed with a MCS or VS/UWS. Occurrence of fixation to different stimuli was analysis used Chi-square testing. Result: 40 (49%) out of the 81 patients showed fixation to visual stimuli. Among those, significantly more patients (39, 48%) had visual fixation elicited by mirror compared to a ball (23, 28%) and mirror compared to a light (20, 25%).Conclusion: The use of a mirror during the assessment of visual fixation showed higher positive response rate, compared to other stimuli in eliciting a visual fixating response. Therefore, fixation elicited by a mirror can be a very sensitive and accurate test to differentiate the two disorders of consciousness. [less ▲]

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