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See detailAncient Egyptian texts in contexts. Towards a conceptual data model (the Thot Data Model - TDM)
Polis, Stéphane ULg; Razanajao, Vincent ULg

in Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies (2016), 59(2),

In this paper, we propose a conceptual data model that could be the basis for future implementations of databases and digital corpuses of Ancient Egyptian texts that fully integrate the material ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a conceptual data model that could be the basis for future implementations of databases and digital corpuses of Ancient Egyptian texts that fully integrate the material dimensions of writing. The types of metadata that can be used for documenting the elements and relationships of this model are discussed and the resources (URIs) available for its online implementation (in the perspective of the ‘linked open data’ movement) are examined. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritional Composition and Rearing Potential of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus Zetterstedt)
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2016), 19(4), 1111-1116

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are ... [more ▼]

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are abundantly found throughout Europe. However, these insects were not consumed by Europeans till now, but could possibly be used as human food, which is why we investigated their chemical composition. We found that they contain high level of proteins (69%), with an excellent amino acid profile and protein digestibility (97%). Furthermore, specimens of C. parallelus have an interesting fatty acids profile and minerals composition. Preliminary toxicity assessment indicates that these insects do not exhibit toxicity towards neutrophil cells (white blood cells). These data suggest that C. parallelus could be considered for human consumption. Rearing trials done during the study show that commercial rearing could be developed to produce sufficient biomass for sustaining human consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailRéforme du bonus logement et instauration du Chèque habitat en Wallonie
Voisin, Fanny ULg

in Les Echos du Logement (2016), 118

Description technique de la réforme du bonus logement entreprise en Région wallonne pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus au plus tard le 31 décembre 2015 et pour les contrats d’emprunt ... [more ▼]

Description technique de la réforme du bonus logement entreprise en Région wallonne pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus au plus tard le 31 décembre 2015 et pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus à partir du 1er janvier 2016. [less ▲]

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See detailCross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) questionnaire on lateral elbow tendinopathy for French-speaking patients
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; DELVAUX, François ULg; SCHAUS, Jean ULg et al

in Journal of Hand Therapy (2016), 29(4), 496-504

Background: The lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common injury in tennis players and physical workers. The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) questionnaire was specifically designed to measure ... [more ▼]

Background: The lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common injury in tennis players and physical workers. The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) questionnaire was specifically designed to measure pain and functional limitations in patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). First developed in English, this questionnaire has since been translated into several languages. Objectives: The aims of the study were to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PRTEE questionnaire into French and to evaluate the reliability and validity of this translated version of the questionnaire (PRTEE-F). Methods: The PRTEE was translated and cross-culturally adapted into French according to international guidelines. To assess the reliability and validity of the PRTEE-F, 115 participants were asked twice to fill in the PRTEE-F, and once the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire (DASH) and the Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). Internal consistency (using Cronbach’s alpha), test-retest reliability (using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) and Minimal Detectable Change (MDC)), and convergent and divergent validity (using the Spearman’s correlation coefficients respectively with the DASH and with some sub scales of the SF-36) were assessed. Results: The PRTEE was translated into French without any problems. PRTEE-F showed a good test-retest reliability for the overall score (ICC 0.86) and for each item (ICC 0.8-0.96) and a high internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.98). The correlation analyses revealed high correlation coefficients between PRTEE-F and DASH (convergent validity) and, as expected, a low or moderate correlation with the divergent subscales of the SF-36 (discriminant validity). There was no floor or ceiling effect. Conclusions: The PRTEE questionnaire was successfully cross-culturally adapted into French. The PRTEE-F is reliable and valid for evaluating French-speaking patients with lateral elbow tendinopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of Uncoupled Damage Models to Predict Ductile Fracture in Sheet Metal Blanking
Canales Cardenas, Cristian ULg; Boman, Romain ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Key Engineering Materials (2016), 725

The use of uncoupled damage models has been widely used over the years for the prediction of ductile fracture in engineering applications. Nevertheless, its applicability in the prediction of failure has ... [more ▼]

The use of uncoupled damage models has been widely used over the years for the prediction of ductile fracture in engineering applications. Nevertheless, its applicability in the prediction of failure has been shown to be limited in the wide range of loading conditions encountered in different manufacturing processes. In order to enhance the formulation of former damage models, the Lode angle has been recently used to characterize the stress states along with the stress triaxiality. This new family of damage models has been demonstrated to give excellent results when proportional loading paths are considered, but its efficiency in more complex applications still need further analysis. To this end, a comparative study of former and recently developed uncoupled damage models is performed in this work. The identification of material parameters is done considering simple mechanical tests under different conditions. Then, the models are used to predict the onset and propagation of cracks during blanking, where numerical predictions are compared with experimental results. Finally, the selected damage models presented a remarkable overall performance in the range of clearances under study. [less ▲]

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See detailFondations, philanthropie et mécénat
Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

in Revue Pratique des Sociétés - Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap (2016), 7

The aim of this paper is to provide an in-depth presentation of the legal aspects of foundations in its philanthropic function. The study introduces historically this legal structure and then exposes its ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to provide an in-depth presentation of the legal aspects of foundations in its philanthropic function. The study introduces historically this legal structure and then exposes its main aspects in positive Belgian law (constitution, increase of the assets, taxation and dissolution). It concludes with a comparison with French law. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic specializations of damselfishes are tightly associated with reef habitats and social behaviours
Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg et al

in Marine Biology (2016), 163

Despite the increasing need to understand factors shaping community assembly, few studies have simultaneously explored the influence of niche-based and phylogenetic processes. Here, we investigate the ... [more ▼]

Despite the increasing need to understand factors shaping community assembly, few studies have simultaneously explored the influence of niche-based and phylogenetic processes. Here, we investigate the relationships between diet, habitat and social behaviour in damselfishes (Pomacentridae) collected in 2014 at Moorea Island (17°30′S, 149°50′W), French Polynesia. Isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen, in association with stomach contents, delineate three trophic groups: pelagic feeders consuming zooplankton, benthic feeders mainly grazing on algae and an intermediate group feeding on prey from the whole bentho-pelagic compartment. Sulphur isotope ratios indicate segregation between species of the outer reef mostly depending on oceanic input of zooplankton and the lagoonal species relying on locally produced resources or even on terrestrial supply. We demonstrate a tight association between dietary specializations, habitat characteristics and social behaviours, and these correlations are further confirmed by integrating the phylogeny of Pomacentridae. We also provide evidence of phylogenetic conservatism for the stomach content and the habitat–behaviour characters. However, the isotopic trait is evolutionarily more labile probably because it thoroughly depicts the ecological niche of species. To summarize, pelagic feeders (mainly from the Chrominae) usually form shoals in areas close to the open ocean at a maximum depth of 20 m. Benthic feeders (well represented in the Stegastinae) are ubiquitous, solitary and mostly territorial species found at various depths. The intermediate group includes gregarious species from three subfamilies that forage in the lagoon usually above 12 m depth. Overall, we give insight into processes that have structured the damselfish community in Moorea. [less ▲]

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See detailNotes sur les puces (Siphonaptera) dans la région de Py et Mantet (Pyrénées-Orientales): présence d'Amphipsylla sibirica sepifera et Callopsylla saxatilis
Libois, Roland ULg; Feliu, Carlos

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Entomologie = Bulletin van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (2016), 152(2), 128-132

327 fleas were collected in the fur of small mammals from Py and Mantet (Pyrénées- Orientales). Fiftheen species were identified with Leptopsylla taschenbergi amitina as the most common (42% of catches ... [more ▼]

327 fleas were collected in the fur of small mammals from Py and Mantet (Pyrénées- Orientales). Fiftheen species were identified with Leptopsylla taschenbergi amitina as the most common (42% of catches) and Ctenophthalmus spp. were slightly less common (25%) (C. baeticus arvernus and C. nobilis dobyi). These fleas were found in all stations from the bridge of the Rotja valley (900 m) to the pass of Mantet (1780 m). Three rare species were identified: Amphipsylla sibirica sepifera (2 ex.) on the pass of Mantet (1780 m), first time on the north side of the Pyrenees, Callopsylla saxatilis at Collada Verde (2320m) and Amalareus penicilliger pyrenaicus at the pass of Mantet, the screes of Mantet (1615 m) and Collada Verde. [less ▲]

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See detailValidity and reliability of the French translation of the VISA-A questionnaire for Achilles tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

in Disability & Rehabilitation (2016), 38(26), 2593-2599

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA ... [more ▼]

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA-A into French and to study the reliability and validity of this French version, the VISA-AF. Method The VISA-A was translated into French to produce the VISA-AF using a validated methodology in six steps. Thereafter, several psychometric properties of this French version such as test–retest reliability, internal consistency, construct validity and floor and ceiling effects were evaluated. Therefore, we recruited 116 subjects, distributed into 3 groups: pathological patients (n¼31), at-risk athletes (n¼63) and healthy people (n¼22). Results The final version of the VISAAF was approved by an expert committee. On a scale ranging from 0 to 100, the average scores of the VISA-AF obtained were 59 (± 18) for the pathological group, 99 (± 1) for the healthy group and 94 (± 7) for the at-risk group. The VISA-AF shows excellent reliability, low correlations with the discriminant subscales of the SF-36 and moderate correlations with the convergent subscales of the SF-36. Conclusions The French version of the VISA-A is equivalent to its original version and is a reliable and valid questionnaire for French-speaking patients with Achilles tendinopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailIncentives and barriers to environmental inequality mobilization: A case-study analysis in Wallonia, Belgium
Lejeune, Zoé ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Environmental Science and Policy (2016), 66

Environmental inequality scholarship has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and racial minorities, and to challenge public policies. Most studies are ... [more ▼]

Environmental inequality scholarship has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and racial minorities, and to challenge public policies. Most studies are concerned either with assessing the unequal distribution of environmental amenities and disamenities or with exploring the theoretical foundations of environmental justice movements. We propose an original approach to environmental inequality, focused not only on the unequal distribution of environmental burdens but also on two other types of factors: the capacity to mobilize and engage in community organizations on the one hand and the spatial dimension of environmental inequalities on the other. The evidence for this study is from an opinion survey carried out in 2012 with 1298 individuals. We use a two-step cluster analysis method to compute a classification system based on four categories of variables: socio-economic, environmental, spatial, and social capital. [less ▲]

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See detailNouveaux textes littéraires du scribe Amennakhte (et autres ostraca relatifs au scribe de la Tombe)
Dorn, Andreas ULg; Polis, Stéphane ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (2016), 116

Cet article est le premier d’une série de contributions consacrées à la publication de documents inédits conservés à l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale et ayant pour point commun le fait d’être ... [more ▼]

Cet article est le premier d’une série de contributions consacrées à la publication de documents inédits conservés à l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale et ayant pour point commun le fait d’être, plus ou moins directement, liés au fameux scribe de la Tombe Amennakhte, fils d’Ipouy. L’objectif est de fournir les matériaux de base qui seront nécessaires à la réalisation de projets de plus grande ampleur, telles une étude micro-historique autour de l’individu en question et une analyse globale de la production textuelle d’un scribe de Deir el-Médineh à la 20e dynastie. Les six ostraca publiés ici appartiennent au fonds des ostraca dits « littéraires » de l’IFAO. Les deux premiers documents sont assurément les plus remarquables dans la mesure où ils viennent enrichir le nombre des textes littéraires ‘signés’ par le scribe Amennakhte. [less ▲]

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See detailTriclosan exposure results in alterations of thyroid hormone status and retarded early development and metamorphosis in Cyprinodon variegatus
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg; Dussenne, Mélanie ULg et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2016), 181

Thyroid hormones are critically involved in somatic growth, development and metamorphosis of vertebrates. The structural similarity between thyroid hormones and triclosan, an antimicrobial compound widely ... [more ▼]

Thyroid hormones are critically involved in somatic growth, development and metamorphosis of vertebrates. The structural similarity between thyroid hormones and triclosan, an antimicrobial compound widely employed in consumer personal care products, suggests triclosan can have adverse effects on the thyroid system. The sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, is now used in ecotoxicological studies that have recently begun to focus on potential disruption of the thyroid axis by endocrine disrupting compounds. Here, we investigate the in vivo effects of exposure to triclosan (20, 50, and 100 μg L−1) on the thyroid system and the embryonic and larval development of C. variegatus. Triclosan exposure did not affect hatching success, but delayed hatching time by 6–13 h compared to control embryos. Triclosan exposure affected the ontogenetic variations of whole body thyroid hormone concentrations during the larval phase. The T3 peak around 12–15 dph, described to be indicative for the metamorphosis climax in C. variegatus, was absent in triclosan-exposed larvae. Triclosan exposure did not produce any deformity or allometric repatterning, but a delayed development of 18–32 h was observed. We conclude that the triclosan-induced disruption of the thyroid system delays in vivo the start of metamorphosis in our experimental model. We observed a global developmental delay of 24–45 h, equivalent to 4–7% prolongation of the developmental time in C. variegatus. The costs of delayed metamorphosis can lead to reduction of juvenile fitness and could be a determining factor in the outcome of competitive interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailMultidisciplinary management of breast cancer
Leclerc, Anne-France ULg; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg; DEVOS, Martine ULg et al

in Archives of Public Health (2016), 74

Breast cancer, with an increasing incidence, is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. The treatments proposed, generally a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, endocrine ... [more ▼]

Breast cancer, with an increasing incidence, is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. The treatments proposed, generally a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, endocrine therapy and / or targeted therapy, are constantly improving, allowing a reduction in the mortality rate, but they are still causing many side effects, not only early but also late, which leads us to consider the post-cancer period as a chronic condition. Side effects, reviewed in this commentary, may affect physical functions, psychological status, social situation, body composition, well-being and quality of life of the patient. In view of the extent of these areas in which side effects of breast cancer and of its treatments can be found, the supportive care offered at the end of treatment need to be multidisciplinary. Different supportive care interventions may be proposed to the patients such as psychological and behavioral interventions, complementary therapies, diet interventions, physical activity/rehabilitation or also physiotherapy interventions for example, all having shown some beneficial effects in the literature. The benefits of these supportive care interventions are thereby already established and they are described in this article, but others studies will be needed to clearly define indications and most optimal modalities of application to reduce side effects and improve quality of life of patients. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact de l’érosion sur l’envasement des barrages, la recharge des nappes phréatiques côtières et les intrusions marines dans la zone semi-aride méditerranéenne : cas du barrage de Boukourdane (Algérie)
Tadrist, Nassima ULg; Debauche, Olivier

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20(4), 453-467

Description of the subject. Water erosion is a particularly important issue, especially in the Mediterranean and semi-arid zone. This zone is characterized by irregular rainfall patterns, which have a ... [more ▼]

Description of the subject. Water erosion is a particularly important issue, especially in the Mediterranean and semi-arid zone. This zone is characterized by irregular rainfall patterns, which have a considerable influence on soil loss. In mountainous areas, water erosion phenomena are accentuated by steep slopes and low ground cover. The dams draining these areas undergound siltation linked to significant erosion. The silting of the dams drastically limits their capacity and thus their operating life. When used for recharging aquifers, the resuspension of fine particles may accumulate in the recharge areas and reduce infiltration capacity by clogging soil porosity. This leads to a significant reduction of groundwater levels. Additionally, groundwater situated in the coastal zone is submitted to intensive pumping. These two phenomena make groundwater particularly sensitive to marine intrusions. Objectives. This article aims, on the one hand to quantify the rate of siltation in the case of the Boukourdane dam (northern Algeria), which is used to recharge groundwater. On the other hand, the article also shows the reduction in permeability in the capturing field with the current management of releases. Method. Solid rates were set in relation to the liquid flow and sediment concentration occasionally taken from the wadi. The relation established made it possible to evaluate the solid contributions to the dam of Boukourdane. The impact of the releases on recharging the well field was evaluated by grouping wells and the well field mushrooms using heuristic k-means. Regressions were applied to the piezometric variations of each group. Results. This dam is fed by a catchment area of 156 km². Sediment transport was estimated from empirical formulas. The specific degradation rate was estimated at 366 t.km-2.year-1 during the 1993 to 2005 period. The increase in the frequency of extreme rainfall resulted in an increase in the soil erosion rate to 446 t.km-2.year-1 during the 1993 to 2013 period. The volume of sediments accumulated in the dam reached 8.104 m³.year-1 and 11.104 m³.year-1 respectively during these two periods. Conclusions. A change in the management of current releases has a positive impact on the partial restoration of the hydraulic conductivity and de facto, on the fight against marine intrusion. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-lived subduction and exhumation in Western Papua (Wandamen peninsula): Co-existence of HP and HT metamorphic rocks in a young geodynamic setting
François, Camille ULg; de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel et al

in Lithos (2016), 266-267

Understanding processes of formation of accretionary wedges requires studying young and well preserved examples. The Lengguru wedge (West Papua) is younger than 10 Myr and is a result of oblique and fast ... [more ▼]

Understanding processes of formation of accretionary wedges requires studying young and well preserved examples. The Lengguru wedge (West Papua) is younger than 10 Myr and is a result of oblique and fast subduction (11cm/yr) of the Bird’s Head (a part of the Australian margin beneath the Melanesian Arc). Thus, the rapid formation of this wedge (actually a Fold and Thrust Belt) may be attributed to a single tectonic event. High pressure (HP) metabasic and metasedimentary rocks have been discovered in the core of the wedge in the Wandamen peninsula. Locally, these rocks are overprinted by migmatization during the decompression. Field relationships indicate that migmatites and anatectic leucogranite crosscut the HP metamorphic rocks. This paper reports characterization of petrology and thermobarometry of metasediments and metabasic samples, all included in a former mélange-type rock association, as well as geochronology of metasediments. Pressure-Temperature (PT) conditions highlight two stages of metamorphism within a small time bracket. In metasediments, a first stage of relatively HP (~13-17 kbar) is observed as attested by a first paragenesis of garnet-kyanite-phengite. Garnet, kyanite and phengite are then destabilized in favor of biotite during the decompression (5-12 kbar and > 550°C). Late fractures filled with chlorite and a second generation of white mica crosscut the foliation (< 7 kbar and 500-600°C). In metabasic rocks, the peak of pressure is reached from 15 to 23 kbar and from 525 to 650°C. Geochronological study was conducted using U-Pb dating (LA-MC-ICPMS) on zircons from the metasedimentary and migmatitic rocks. Some zircon cores often present high Th/U ratio typical for magmatic origin, as confirmed by trace element signature of metasediments, and recorded ages older than 300 Ma, witness of the activity of a volcanic arc on the former margin of the Australian craton. Most others zircons presents a low Th/U ratio attesting their metamorphic origin, confirmed by inclusions of kyanite. The metamorphic zircons are dated between 5.61 ± 0.04 Ma and 8.1 ± 1.1 Ma. These very young metamorphic ages attest for a rapid subduction and exhumation event. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oils of Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum canum and Ocimum gratissimum in function of harvesting time
Mith, Hasika; Yayi-Ladékan, Eléonore; Dosso Sika Kpoviessi, Salomé et al

in Journal of Essential Oil-Bearing Plants [=JEOBP] (2016), 19(6), 1413-1425

The chemical composition of essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation from aerial parts of Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum canum and Ocimum gratissimum from Benin as affected by harvesting time, were analyzed ... [more ▼]

The chemical composition of essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation from aerial parts of Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum canum and Ocimum gratissimum from Benin as affected by harvesting time, were analyzed by GC-FID (Gas chromatography-Flame ionization detector) and GC-MS (Gas chromatography-Mass spectrometry). Based on the composition analysis, major components were as follows: estragol (43.0-44.7%) and linalool (24.6 29.8%) in O. basilicum oils; carvacrol (12.0-30.8%) and p-cymene (19.5-26.2%) in O. canum oils; thymol (28.3-37.7%) and γ-terpinene (12.5-19.3 %) in O. gratissimum oils. Disc diffusion and broth microdilution assays were used to evaluate the antibacterial activity of essential oils and their main components against two foodborne bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium. The tested oils and their components exhibited notable antimicrobial activities against L. monocytogenes and S. Typhimurium. The O. canum and O. gratissimum oils collected at 7h and 19h showed significant higher activities against L. monocytogenes and S. Typhimurium (MICs and MBCs 0.34 - 2.5 μL/mL) (p < 0.05), whereas O. basilicum showed lower activity (MICs and MBCs 2.0 - 8.0 μL/mL) at any daytime of harvest, the weakest being at 19h (MIC and MBC 12.0 - 32.0 μL/mL). The daytime of harvest can influence the composition of oils and their activities on bacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailLaBGen: A method based on motion detection for generating the background of a scene
Laugraud, Benjamin ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Pattern Recognition Letters (2016)

Given a video sequence acquired with a fixed camera, the generation of the stationary background of the scene is a challenging problem which aims at computing a reference image for a motionless background ... [more ▼]

Given a video sequence acquired with a fixed camera, the generation of the stationary background of the scene is a challenging problem which aims at computing a reference image for a motionless background. For that purpose, we developed our method named LaBGen, which emerged as the best one during the Scene Background Modeling and Initialization (SBMI) workshop organized in 2015, and the IEEE Scene Background Modeling Contest (SBMC) organized in 2016. LaBGen combines a pixel-wise temporal median filter and a patch selection mechanism based on motion detection. To detect motion, a background subtraction algorithm decides, for each frame, which pixels belong to the background. In this paper, we describe the LaBGen method extensively, evaluate it on the SBI 2016 dataset and compare its performance with other background generation methods. We also study its computational complexity, the performance sensitivity with respect to its parameters, and the stability of the predicted background image over time with respect to the chosen background subtraction algorithm. We provide an open source C++ implementation at http://www.telecom.ulg.ac.be/labgen. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantum fidelity of symmetric multipartite states
Neven, Antoine ULg; Mathonet, Pierre ULg; Gühne, Otfried et al

in Physical Review A (2016), 94

For two symmetric quantum states one may be interested in maximizing the overlap under local operations applied to one of them. The question arises whether the maximal overlap can be obtained by applying ... [more ▼]

For two symmetric quantum states one may be interested in maximizing the overlap under local operations applied to one of them. The question arises whether the maximal overlap can be obtained by applying the same local operation to each party. We show that for two symmetric multiqubit states and local unitary transformations this is the case; the maximal overlap can be reached by applying the same unitary matrix everywhere. For local invertible operations (stochastic local operations assisted by classical communication equivalence), however, we present counterexamples, demonstrating that considering the same operation everywhere is not enough. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrection of inertial oscillations by assimilation of HFradar data in a model of the Ligurian Sea
Vandenbulcke, Luc ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg

in Ocean Dynamics (2016)

This article aims at analyzing if high-frequency radar observations of surface currents allow to improve model forecasts in the Ligurian Sea, where inertial oscillations are a dominant feature. An ... [more ▼]

This article aims at analyzing if high-frequency radar observations of surface currents allow to improve model forecasts in the Ligurian Sea, where inertial oscillations are a dominant feature. An ensemble of ROMS models covering the Ligurian Sea, and nested in the Mediterranean Forecasting System, is coupled with two WERA high-frequency radars. A sensitivity study allows to determine optimal parameters for the ensemble filter. By assimilating observations in a single point, the obtained correction shows that the forecast error covariance matrix represents the inertial oscillations, as well as large- and meso-scale processes. Furthermore, it is shown that the velocity observations can correct the phase and amplitude of the inertial oscillations. Observations are shown to have a strong effect during approximately half a day, which confirms the importance of using a high temporal observation frequency. In general, data assimilation of HF radar observations leads to a skill score of about 30 % for the forecasts of surface velocity. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Biogas Production During Anaerobic Digestion of Steam-pretreated Lignocellulosic Biomass from Williams Cavendish Banana Plants
Kamdem, Irenée ULg

in Waste and Biomass Valorization (2016)

In the context of green energy valorisation, this study reports the chemical analysis and improvement of biogas production via anaerobic digestion of treated and untreated agricultural waste ... [more ▼]

In the context of green energy valorisation, this study reports the chemical analysis and improvement of biogas production via anaerobic digestion of treated and untreated agricultural waste lignocellulosic biomass from Williams Cavendish banana plants (WCLB). With a worldwide annual production of 26 million tons of dry matter (DM), large amounts of this waste are abandoned in plantations after fruit harvesting. Steam explosion (SE) and steam cracking (SC) pretreatments were investigated at severity factors of 3.16 and 4.29, respectively, to improve the biogas potential over 135 days under mesophilic conditions. The study revealed a carbon (C)/nitrogen (N) ratio of 27.3, indicating that WCLB has sufficient N content for successful fermentation. The proportions of liquid and solid fractions recovered after SC were 20% and 80%, respectively, whereas SE yielded 17% and 83% liquid and solids, respectively. The neutral sugar content of the studied fractions indicated that glucose and xylose constituted the highest hexose and pentose fractions, respectively, in WCLB. The highest and lowest total biogas potentials were obtained from LFSC (280 mL g-1 of DM) and untreated WCLB (240 mL g-1 of DM), respectively. The methane yield from untreated WCLB and combined solid and liquid fractions from SE and SC were 40, 42, and 51%, respectively, of the theoretical methane potential. The maximum biogas production rate (7.8 mL g-1 d-1) was obtained with SFSC. This study reveals that SC deconstructs WCLB efficiently and thereby greatly enhances methane production. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainability and management control. Exploring and theorizing control patterns in large European firms
Crutzen, Nathalie ULg; Zvezdov, Dimitar; Schaltegger, Stefan

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), Online version

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See detailProtein encapsulation and release from PEO-b-polyphosphoester templated calcium carbonate particles
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Cordonnier, Thomas; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2016), 513

Calcium carbonate particles are promising candidates as proteins carriers for their controlled delivery in the body. The present paper aims at investigating the protein encapsulation by in situ ... [more ▼]

Calcium carbonate particles are promising candidates as proteins carriers for their controlled delivery in the body. The present paper aims at investigating the protein encapsulation by in situ precipitation of calcium carbonate particles prepared by a process based on supercritical CO2 and using a new type of degradable well-defined double hydrophilic block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene oxide) and polyphosphoester blocks acting as templating agent for the calcium carbonate. For this study, lysozyme was chosen as a model for therapeutic protein for its availability and ease of detection. It was found that by this green process, loading into the CaCO3 microparticles with a diameter about 2 mm can be obtained as determined by scanning electron microscopy. A protein loading up to 6.5% active lysozyme was measured by a specific bioassay (Micrococcus lysodeikticus). By encapsulating fluorescent-labelled lysozyme (lysozyme-FITC), the confocal microscopy images confirmed its encapsulation and suggested a core–shell distribution of lysozyme into CaCO3, leading to a release profile reaching a steady state at 59% of release after 90 min. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional sea level changes for the 20th and the 21st century induced by the regional variability in Greenland ice sheet surface mass loss
Meyssignac, B.; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Chevrier, R. et al

in Journal of Climate (2016), online

Surface mass balance (SMB) variations of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) has been identified as an important contributor to contemporary and projected global mean sea level variations but their impact on ... [more ▼]

Surface mass balance (SMB) variations of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) has been identified as an important contributor to contemporary and projected global mean sea level variations but their impact on the regional sea level change pattern is still poorly known. This study provides for the first time, consistent estimates (i.e. computed with the same models over the past -1900-2015- and over the future -2015-2100-) of GrIS SMB over 1900-2100 based on the output of 32 atmospheric-ocean General Circulation Models and Earth system models involved in the Climate Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5). It is based on a downscaling technique calibrated against the MAR regional climate model in order to calculate an ensemble of 32 Greenland SMB estimates at regional scale. Because the GrIS SMB does not respond uniformly to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. the southern part of the GrIS is more sensitive to climate warming. This study shows that it should be in imbalance in the 21st century sooner that the northern part. This regional variability affects significantly the associated relative sea level pattern over the entire ocean and particularly along the eastern coast of US and the northern coast of Europe. This highlights the necessity of taking into account GrIS regional SMB changes to evaluate accurately relative sea level changes in future projections. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon balance of an intensively grazed grassland in southern Belgium
Gourlez de la Motte, Louis ULg; Jérôme, Elisabeth; Mamadou, Ossénatou et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2016), 228-229

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See detailSensitivity of the annual net ecosystem exchange to the cospectral model used for high frequency loss corrections at a grazed grassland site
Mamadou, Ossenatou; Gourlez de la Motte, Louis ULg; De Ligne, Anne ULg et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2016), 228-229

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See detailReprint of Advancing the integration of corporate sustainability measurement, management and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 136

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See detailMalachite and heterogenite behavior during the locked-cycle recycling of process water in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores
Shengo, Michel; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Kalenga, Pierre

in International Journal of Mineral Processing (2016), 157

The behavior of malachite and heterogenite was investigated during the process water recycling in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores from the deposit of Luiswishi located in Haut-Katanga province (DRC ... [more ▼]

The behavior of malachite and heterogenite was investigated during the process water recycling in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores from the deposit of Luiswishi located in Haut-Katanga province (DRC). A synthetic mill wastewater (SMWW) was utilized as feed water alone and in mixture with water recovered from the flotation tails in view to achieve at the laboratory scale the locked-cycle recycling of the industrial mill wastewater (IMWW). To simulate the chemical species presence in the pulp and their effects on the flotation of malachite and heterogenite, calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate ions were added to the feed water and the recoveries of copper and cobalt followed during the roughing flotation stage. The concentrate XRD and SEM analysis together with the floated minerals microanalyses by EDX spectroscopy, leaching tests of mono-minerals followed by the Pourbaix diagrams construction and DRIFT spectroscopy analyses, have enabled identifying changes in the surface properties of malachite and heterogenite interfering on the recovery of copper (40 %) and cobalt (58 %) with a significant drop in their concentrate grades (7.3 % Cu and 2.7 % Co). The deterioration of the concentrate characteristics results also from the gangue minerals entrainment. A better description of the valuable minerals behaviour in the SMWW presence could enable designing strategies in view enhancing their floatability during the locked-cycle recycling of water. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating corporate sustainability assessment, management accounting, control, and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 136

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See detailMyoferlin is a novel exosomal protein and functional regulator of cancer-derived exosomes
Blomme, Arnaud; Fahmy, Karim; Peulen, Olivier ULg et al

in Oncotarget (2016)

Exosomes are communication mediators participating in the intercellular exchange of proteins, metabolites and nucleic acids. Recent studies have demonstrated that exosomes are characterized by a unique ... [more ▼]

Exosomes are communication mediators participating in the intercellular exchange of proteins, metabolites and nucleic acids. Recent studies have demonstrated that exosomes are characterized by a unique proteomic composition that is distinct from the cellular one. The mechanisms responsible for determining the proteome content of the exosomes remain however obscure. In the current study we employ ultrastructural approach to validate a novel exosomal protein myoferlin. This is a multiple C2-domain containing protein, known for its conserved physiological function in endocytosis and vesicle fusion biology. Emerging studies demonstrate that myoferlin is frequently overexpressed in cancer, where it promotes cancer cell migration and invasion. Our data expand these ndings by showing that myoferlin is a general component of cancer cell derived exosomes from different breast and pancreatic cancer cell lines. Using proteomic analysis, we demonstrate for the rst time that myoferlin depletion in cancer cells leads to a signi cantly modulated exosomal protein load. Such myoferlin-depleted exosomes were also functionally de cient as shown by their reduced capacity to transfer nucleic acids to human endothelial cells (HUVEC). Beyond this, myoferlin-depleted cancer exosomes also had a signi cantly reduced ability to induce migration and proliferation of HUVEC. The present study highlights myoferlin as a new functional player in exosome biology, calling for novel strategies to target this emerging oncogene in human cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole genome sequencing of 51 breast cancers reveals that tumors are devoid of bovine leukemia virus DNA
Gillet, Nicolas ULg; Willems, Luc ULg

in Retrovirology (2016)

Controversy exists regarding the association of bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and breast cancer. PCR-based experimental evidence indicates that BLV DNA is present in breast tissue and that as many as 37% of ... [more ▼]

Controversy exists regarding the association of bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and breast cancer. PCR-based experimental evidence indicates that BLV DNA is present in breast tissue and that as many as 37% of cancer cases may be attributable to viral exposure. Since this association might have major consequences for human health, we evaluated 51 whole genomes of breast cancer samples for the presence of BLV DNA. Among 32 billion sequencing reads retrieved from the NCBI database of genotype and phenotype, none mapped on different strains of the BLV genome. Controls for sequence divergence and proviral loads further validated the approach. This unbiased analysis thus excludes a clonal insertion of BLV in breast tumor cells and strongly argues against an association between BLV and breast cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of viruses infecting plantain (Musa sp., AAB genome) in the major growing regions in Cote d'Ivoire
Kouadio, Kouakou Théodore; De Clerck, Caroline; Agneroh, Thérèse Atcham et al

in African Journal of Agricultural Research (2016), 11(44), 4532-4541

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See detailNon-reef environments impact the diversification of extant jacks, remoras and allies (Carangoidei, Percomorpha)
Frederich, Bruno ULg; Marrama, Giuseppe; Carnevale, Giorgio et al

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2016), 283

Various factors may impact the processes of diversification of a clade. In the marine realm, it has been shown that coral reef environments have promoted diversification in various fish groups. With the ... [more ▼]

Various factors may impact the processes of diversification of a clade. In the marine realm, it has been shown that coral reef environments have promoted diversification in various fish groups. With the exception of requiem sharks, all the groups showing a higher level of diversity in reefs than in non-reef habitats have diets based predominantly on plankton, algae or benthic invert- ebrates. Here we explore the pattern of diversification of carangoid fishes, a clade that includes numerous piscivorous species (e.g. trevallies, jacks and dolphinfishes), using time-calibrated phylogenies as well as ecological and morphological data from both extant and fossil species. The study of caran- goid morphospace suggests that reef environments played a role in their early radiation during the Eocene. However, contrary to the hypothesis of a reef-association-promoting effect, we show that habitat shifts to non-reef environments have increased the rates of morphological diversification (i.e. size and body shape) in extant carangoids. Piscivory did not have a major impact on the tempo of diversification of this group. Through the ecological radiation of carangoid fishes, we demonstrate that non-reef environments may sustain and promote processes of diversification of different marine fish groups, at least those including a large proportion of piscivorous species. [less ▲]

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See detailChandra View of Magnetically Confined Wind in HD191612: Theory Versus Observations
Nazé, Yaël ULg; ud-Doula, Asif; Zhekov, Svetozar A.

in Astrophysical Journal (2016), 831(#138), 11

High-resolution spectra of the magnetic star HD 191612 were acquired using the Chandra X-ray Observatory at both maximum and minimum emission phases. We confirm the flux and hardness variations previously ... [more ▼]

High-resolution spectra of the magnetic star HD 191612 were acquired using the Chandra X-ray Observatory at both maximum and minimum emission phases. We confirm the flux and hardness variations previously reported with XMM-Newton, demonstrating the high repeatability of the behavior of HD 191612 over a decade. The line profiles appear typical for magnetic massive stars: no significant line shift, relatively narrow lines for high-Z elements, and formation radius at about 2 {R}[SUB]* [/SUB]. Line ratios confirm the softening of the X-ray spectrum at the minimum emission phase. Shift or width variations appear of limited amplitude at most (slightly lower velocity and slightly increased broadening at minimum emission phase, but within 1–2σ of values at maximum). In addition, a fully self-consistent 3D magnetohydrodynamic simulation of the confined wind in HD 191612 was performed. The simulation results were directly fitted to the data, leading to a remarkable agreement overall between them. [less ▲]

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See detailPREDetector 2.0: Online and Enhanced Version of the Prokaryotic Regulatory Elements Detector Tool
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Naomé, Aymeric ULg; Jourdan, Samuel ULg et al

in bioRxiv (2016)

In the era that huge numbers of microbial genomes are being released in the databases, it becomes increasingly important to rapidly mine genes as well as predict the regulatory networks that control their ... [more ▼]

In the era that huge numbers of microbial genomes are being released in the databases, it becomes increasingly important to rapidly mine genes as well as predict the regulatory networks that control their expression. To this end, we have developed an improved and online version of the PREDetector software aimed at identifying putative transcription factor-binding sites (TFBS) in bacterial genomes. The original philosophy of PREDetector 1.0 is maintained, i.e. to allow users to freely fix the DNA-motif screening parameters, and to provide a statistical means to estimate the reliability of the prediction output. This new version offers an interactive table as well as graphics to dynamically alter the main screening parameters with automatic update of the list of identified putative TFBS. PREDetector 2.0 also has the following additional options: (i) access to genome sequences from different databases, (ii) access to weight matrices from public repositories, (iii) visualization of the predicted hits in their genomic context, (iv) grouping of hits identified in the same upstream region, (v) possibility to store the performed jobs, and (vi) automated export of the results in various formats. PREDetector 2.0 is available at http://predetector.fsc.ulg.ac.be/. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrogen isotopic ratios of NH 2 in comets: implication for 15 N-fractionation in cometary ammonia
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016), 462

The isotopic ratios are diagnostics for the physico-chemical conditions governing molecular formation. In comets, 14N/15N ratios have been measured from HCN in three comets and from CN in more than 20 ... [more ▼]

The isotopic ratios are diagnostics for the physico-chemical conditions governing molecular formation. In comets, 14N/15N ratios have been measured from HCN in three comets and from CN in more than 20 comets. Those ratios are enriched in 15N compared to the Sun by a factor of ∼3, have a small diversity and do not depend on the dynamical type of the comets. The origin of this high 15N-fractionation is still in debate because CN probably comes not only from HCN, but also from other materials (such as polymers or organic dusts) in the coma. Consequently, an interpretation of the isotopic ratios in cometary CN is quite complicated due to the multiple possible parents of CN. In contrast with CN, the isotopic ratios of nitrogen in NH3 give us a much clearer interpretation than in CN because NH3 is directly incorporated in the nuclear ices. To estimate the 14N/15N ratios in NH3, 14N/15N ratios have been determined from high-resolution spectra of NH2 in the optical wavelength region. NH2 is indeed a dominant photodissociation product of NH3. Those ratios were also found to be enriched in 15N compared to the Sun by a factor of ∼3. In this paper, we present 14N/15N ratios in NH2 for an additional sample of 16 comets. Our sample includes short-period comets as well as long-period comets. We found that the 14N/15N ratios in cometary NH2 also show a small dispersion and do not depend on the dynamical origin of the comets. [less ▲]

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See detailOrtho-to-para abundance ratios of NH2in 26 comets: implications for the real meaning of OPRs
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016), 462

Abundance ratios of nuclear-spin isomers for cometary molecules having identical protons, such as water and ammonia, have been measured and discussed from the viewpoint that they are primordial characters ... [more ▼]

Abundance ratios of nuclear-spin isomers for cometary molecules having identical protons, such as water and ammonia, have been measured and discussed from the viewpoint that they are primordial characters in comet. In the case of ammonia, its ortho-to-para abundance ratio (OPR) is usually estimated from OPRs of NH2 because of difficulty in measuring OPR of ammonia directly. We report our survey for OPRs of NH2 in 26 comets. A weighted mean of ammonia OPRs for the comets is 1.12 ± 0.01 and no significant difference is found between the Oort Cloud comets and the Jupiter-family comets. These values correspond to ∼30 K as nuclear-spin temperatures. The OPRs of ammonia in comets probably reflect the physicochemical conditions in coma, rather than the conditions for the molecular formation or condensation in the pre-solar molecular cloud/the solar nebula, based on comparison of OPRs (and nuclear-spin temperatures) of ammonia with those of water, 14N/15N ratios in ammonia, and D/H ratios in water. The OPRs could be reset to a nuclear-spin weights ratio in solid phase and modified by interactions with protonated ions like H3O+, water clusters (H2O)n, ice grains, and paramagnetic impurities (such as O2 molecules and grains) in the inner coma gas. Relationship between the OPRs of ammonia and water is a clue to understanding the real meaning of the OPRs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of timing of insemination and GnRH treatment on pregnancy rates of N’Dama females after induction of oestrus with progestin
Okouyi M’foumou W’otari, Marcel; Hanzen, Christian ULg

in Revue d'Elévage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux (2016), 69(2), 73-78

The aim of this clinical trial was to quantify the results of pregnancy after treating trypanotolerant N'Dama female cattle (n=168) using a CIDR® (1.38g of progesterone) inserted for seven days. An ... [more ▼]

The aim of this clinical trial was to quantify the results of pregnancy after treating trypanotolerant N'Dama female cattle (n=168) using a CIDR® (1.38g of progesterone) inserted for seven days. An intramuscular (IM) PG injection (500µg of cloprostenol) was administered two days before removal of the device. Subsequently, an IM injection of 400UI of eCG was administered when the device was removed. The animals were inseminated respectively 48 (Group 1) and 72 hours (Group 2) after removal of the CIDR®. In both groups, half the animals were treated with 4.2µg of buserelin acetate and the other half with 1ml of physiological saline. Four protocols were thus tested: CIDR-PG-eCG/IA48h, CIDR-PG-eCG/IA48h/GnRH+, CIDR-PG-eCG/IA72h, and CIDR-PG-eCG/IA72h/GnRH+. A pregnancy diagnosis has been done by echography 45 to 60 days after insemination. The average pregnancy rate was 37.5% (n=168). That of the adult cows (43.2%, n=111) was significantly (P < 0.03) higher than that of the heifers (26.3%, n=57). The pregnancy rate observed in animals in Group 2 (48.8%) was significantly higher (P < 0.002) than that observed in the animals in Group 1 (26.2%). Physiological condition and the injection of GnRH at the time of insemination had no significant impact on the pregnancy rate. The hormonal protocol using CIDR-PG-eCG (400UI) and a timed artificial insemination 72 h later improves the pregnancy rates in the N’Dama female. [less ▲]

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See detailThe puzzling properties of the magnetic O star Tr16-22
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Barbá, Rodolfo; Bagnulo, Stefano et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 596(A44), 1-7

Context. The detection of bright, hard, and variable X-ray emission in Tr16-22 prompted spectropolarimetric observations of this star, which in turn led to the discovery of a surface magnetic field. <BR ... [more ▼]

Context. The detection of bright, hard, and variable X-ray emission in Tr16-22 prompted spectropolarimetric observations of this star, which in turn led to the discovery of a surface magnetic field. <BR /> Aims: We want to further constrain the properties of this star, in particular to verify whether X-ray variations are correlated to changes in optical emission lines and magnetic field strength, as expected from the oblique rotator model that is widely accepted for magnetic O stars. <BR /> Methods: We have obtained new low-resolution spectropolarimetric and long-term high-resolution spectroscopic monitoring of Tr16-22, and we also analyse new, serendipitous X-ray data. <BR /> Results: The new X-ray observations are consistent with previous data, but their addition does not help to solve the ambiguity in the variation timescale because of numerous aliases. No obvious periodicity or any large variations are detected in the spectropolarimetric data of Tr16-22 obtained over three months. The derived field values appear to be in line with previous measurements, suggesting constancy of the field (though the possibility of small, short-term field variations cannot be excluded). Variations in the equivalent widths of Hα are very small, and they do not appear to be related to the X-ray timescale; the overall lack of large variations in optical emission lines is consistent with the magnetic field constancy. In addition, variations of the radial velocities indicate that Tr16-22 is probably a SB1 binary with a very long period. <BR /> Conclusions: Our new measurements of optical emission lines and magnetic field strength do not show an obvious correlation with X-ray variations. Our current data thus cannot be interpreted in terms of the common model, which assumes the electromagnetic emission associated with a wind confined by a dipolar field tilted with respect to the rotation axis. However, the sampling is imperfect and new data are needed to further constrain the actual periodicity of the various observed phenomena. If inconsistencies are confirmed, then we will need to consider alternative scenarios. Based on XMM-Newton observations (ObsIDs 0691970101, 0742850301, 0742850401, 0762910401) and ESO data (Prog. 386.D-0624A, 086.D-0997B, 089.D-0975A, 091.D-0090B, 095.D-0082).The reduced polarisation spectra (as ascii files) are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr</A> (<A href="http://130.79.128.5">http://130.79.128.5</A>) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/596/A44">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/596/A44</A> [less ▲]

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See detailResting-state Network-specific Breakdown of Functional Connectivity during Ketamine Alteration of Consciousness in Volunteers
BONHOMME, Vincent ULg; VANHAUDENHUYSE, Audrey ULg; Demertzi, Athina ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2016), 125(5), 873-878

Background: Consciousness-altering anesthetic agents disturb connectivity between brain regions composing the resting-state consciousness networks (RSNs). The default mode network (DMn), executive control ... [more ▼]

Background: Consciousness-altering anesthetic agents disturb connectivity between brain regions composing the resting-state consciousness networks (RSNs). The default mode network (DMn), executive control network, salience network (SALn), auditory network, sensorimotor network (SMn), and visual network sustain mentation. Ketamine modifies consciousness differently from other agents, producing psychedelic dreaming and no apparent interaction with the environment. The authors used functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore ketamine-induced changes in RSNs connectivity. Methods: Fourteen healthy volunteers received stepwise intravenous infusions of ketamine up to loss of responsiveness. Because of agitation, data from six subjects were excluded from analysis. RSNs connectivity was compared between absence of ketamine (wake state [W1]), light ketamine sedation, and ketamine-induced unresponsiveness (deep sedation [S2]). Results: Increasing the depth of ketamine sedation from W1 to S2 altered DMn and SALn connectivity and suppressed the anticorrelated activity between DMn and other brain regions. During S2, DMn connectivity, particularly between the medial prefrontal cortex and the remaining network (effect size β [95% CI]: W1 = 0.20 [0.18 to 0.22]; S2 = 0.07 [0.04 to 0.09]), and DMn anticorrelated activity (e.g., right sensory cortex: W1 = −0.07 [−0.09 to −0.04]; S2 = 0.04 [0.01 to 0.06]) were broken down. SALn connectivity was nonuniformly suppressed (e.g., left parietal operculum: W1 = 0.08 [0.06 to 0.09]; S2 = 0.05 [0.02 to 0.07]). Executive control networks, auditory network, SMn, and visual network were minimally affected. Conclusions: Ketamine induces specific changes in connectivity within and between RSNs. Breakdown of frontoparietal DMn connectivity and DMn anticorrelation and sensory and SMn connectivity preservation are common to ketamine and propofol-induced alterations of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailAvoir faim au risque d'en mourir ? Le paradoxe de l'anorexie mentale.
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Moukhaiber, sophie; PIETTE, Catherine ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(11), 495-501

Anorexia nervosa is a complex pathology that regularly leads clinicians to a therapeutic impasse. The origin of this disorder is multifactorial. It occurs most often in adolescence and affects mainly ... [more ▼]

Anorexia nervosa is a complex pathology that regularly leads clinicians to a therapeutic impasse. The origin of this disorder is multifactorial. It occurs most often in adolescence and affects mainly women. Paradoxically, hunger is present but dissociated from adequate food function. Somatic and psychological impact can be particularly heavy. The treatment is difficult and requires a multidisciplinary care. An eclectic and integrative approach, moving away from rigid therapeutic methods and integrating the plurality of techniques, seems to be particularly recommended to increase the chances of therapeutic success. This article summarizes the various theoretical models of anorexia nervosa and its modalities of treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailLe contrat de travail et la prescription : cas particuliers
Cordier, Quentin ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016)

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See detailUse of long bolts for beam-to-concrete-filled rectangular hollow section column joints in seismic-resistant frames
Hoang, Van Long; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in Steel Construction (2016), 9(4), 305-314

A research on a specific type of unstiffened extended end-plate joint used to connect I-shaped beams to concrete-filled rectangular hollow section columns is presented in this paper. The main idea is to ... [more ▼]

A research on a specific type of unstiffened extended end-plate joint used to connect I-shaped beams to concrete-filled rectangular hollow section columns is presented in this paper. The main idea is to use long bolts throughout the column to connect the beam end-plates, so: (1) avoiding intermediate connecting elements (e.g. a reverse U channel) or special bolts (e.g. blind bolts) that are sometimes used in practice; (2) improving the resistance and stiffness of the joint to be used in seismic resistant frames. Firstly, a test program has been performed within a RFCS European project entitled HSS-SERF “High Strength Steel in Seismic Resistant Building Frames”, 2009-2013. In the test program, specimens subjected to significant bending moments (and shear) or to shear only have been defined. Then, analytical models based on the component approach and aimed at predicting the joint response have been proposed; their validity is demonstrated through comparisons with the test results. Finally, the requirements of EN-1998-1-1 related to full strength resistance for the proposed joint configuration are discussed, accounting for the actual position of plastic hinges and the possible individual over-strength factors for each component. [less ▲]

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See detailDroit des discriminations dans l’emploi et le travail, M. MINÉ, Larcier, 2016, 852 pages
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), (37), 1783

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See detailEvaluation of different in vitro dissolution tests based on level A in vitro–in vivo correlations for fenofibrate self-emulsifying lipid-based formulations
Pestieau, Aude ULg; Lebrun, Sonia; Cahay, Bernard et al

in European Journal of Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics (2016)

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See detailMeasurements of reference ISO nozzles by high-speed imaging
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Nuyttens, David et al

in Crop Protection (2016), 89

Agricultural spray characteristics determine the efficiency of a pesticide application because size and velocity affect droplet trajectory and impact behavior. At present, the relevance of different ... [more ▼]

Agricultural spray characteristics determine the efficiency of a pesticide application because size and velocity affect droplet trajectory and impact behavior. At present, the relevance of different characterization techniques remains controversial since discrepancies may be significant between measurements performed in different laboratories. A digital image acquisition technique and analysis algorithm is proposed for droplet size and velocimetry measurements as an alternative to well-established techniques such as the Phase Doppler Particle Analyzer (PDPA) or laser diffraction spectrometry (LDS). The algorithm requires double exposed shadow images acquired in a back-lighted arrangement with a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) camera and a pulsed light emitting diode (LED). Spatial illumination heterogeneities are corrected by subtracting from each image a mean background acquired on several images without any particle. The algorithm accuracy is ensured by the rejection of out-of-focus particles using a focus parameter depending on gradient intensity at the particle edges. Thresholds for focus particle selection were determined by studying the evolution of the focus parameter and the error on particle size measurements from images containing droplets with uniform size at various distance of the object plane. Selected droplets were identified on both pairs of images to determine their size and velocity. Droplet size distributions were corrected to account for the uneven sampling probability caused by the volumetric method. Droplet size distributions of a set of reference nozzle/pressure combinations defined in the ISO/DIS 25358 were measured. The image technique was able to distinguish each of the reference sprays well. Comparison with PDPA measurements showed that the imaging technique tends to measure an equivalent Dv50, a lower Dv10 and a higher Dv90 leading therefore to a higher relative span factor. Velocity measurements showed good agreement between both techniques except for one nozzle/pressure combination. [less ▲]

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See detailExtraction Socket Management with Buccal Plate Expansion: Preliminary Results of a Novel Technique
Fernandez Ayora, Alberto; González-Martín, Oscar; ROMPEN, Eric ULg et al

in International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry (2016), 36(6),

The primary objective of this pilot study was to evaluate a new socket preservation technique involving the intentional expansion of the extraction socket buccal plate using a flapless internal ... [more ▼]

The primary objective of this pilot study was to evaluate a new socket preservation technique involving the intentional expansion of the extraction socket buccal plate using a flapless internal corticotomy and biomaterials. A total of 11 patients requiring tooth extraction were enrolled in this study. The aim of this technique was to maintain or improve the hard and soft tissue contour of the ridge after tooth extraction. All surgical sites healed uneventfully. Significant alveolar bone dimension changes were observed in the coronal region of the ridge (-1.4 ± 0.9 mm); however, it was only slightly lower at the medium (-0.35 ± 0.7 mm) and apical levels (-0.3 ± 0.8 mm) (P > .05). The ridge dimensional changes were significantly higher in the buccal aspect than in the palatal aspect in all patients. Vertical bone resorption was not significant. Concerning the soft tissue contour, the horizontal distance between the preoperative and postoperative buccal profiles ranged from 0.94 to -2.88 mm. The proposed ridge preservation technique may help maintain the volume of the healed ridge but cannot completely prevent contour changes after tooth extraction. [less ▲]

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See detailLoadbearing capacity criteria in fire resistance testing
Dumont, Fabien ULg; Wellens, Eric ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg et al

in Materials and Structures (2016), 49(11), 4565-4581

The European system for fire testing and classification of loadbearing building elements lacks consistency because the two standards that have to be applied prescribe different criteria for assessing the ... [more ▼]

The European system for fire testing and classification of loadbearing building elements lacks consistency because the two standards that have to be applied prescribe different criteria for assessing the loadbearing performance. This article analyzes the implications of the present conflict between the standard for testing and the standard for classification. The prescribed criteria for loadbearing performance are related to the exceedance of deflection and rate of deflection thresholds. A database of 46 fire resistance tests performed at the University of Liege is collected that contains the time at which these thresholds are reached in fire tests with different typologies of elements (walls, floors, columns and beams). Then, the loadbearing performance (and hence the fire resistance rating) can be derived according to the two standards. The evolutions of deflection and rate of deflection during the tests are also analyzed to gain a better understanding of the adequacy of the standards. The selection of one or the other standard affects the time at which “failure” is deemed to occur in fire tests. Statistically speaking, the difference in terms of failure time that results from using one or the other standard has a 25% probability to exceed 10%. In certain cases, this results in a difference in fire resistance rating; this was observed for 3 of the analyzed tests. The apparent contradiction in two codes in application has potential practical implications and therefore needs to be solved. The article suggests some guidelines for defining homogenized and consistent criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailA scanning Hall probe microscope for high resolution, large area, variable height magnetic field imaging
Shaw, Gorky ULg; Kramer, R. B. G.; Dempsey, N. M. et al

in Review of Scientific Instruments (2016), 87(11),

We present a scanning Hall probe microscope operating in ambient conditions. One of the unique features of this microscope is the use of the same stepper motors for both sample positioning as well as ... [more ▼]

We present a scanning Hall probe microscope operating in ambient conditions. One of the unique features of this microscope is the use of the same stepper motors for both sample positioning as well as scanning, which makes it possible to have a large scan range (few mm) in the x and y directions, with a scan resolution of 0.1 μm. Protocols have been implemented to enable scanning at different heights from the sample surface. The z range is 35 mm. Microstructured Hall probes of size 1-5 μm have been developed. A minimum probe-sample distance <2 μm has been obtained by the combination of new Hall probes and probe-sample distance regulation using a tuning fork based force detection technique. The system is also capable of recording local B(z) profiles. We discuss the application of the microscope for the study of micro-magnet arrays being developed for applications in micro-systems. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modeling of coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical behavior of GMZ bentonite in the China-Mock-up test
Zhao, Jingbo; Chen, Liang; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Engineering Geology (2016), 214

Gaomiaozi (GMZ) bentonite is currently considered as themost suitable buffermaterial for high-level radioactive waste geological repository in China. To investigate the long-term performance of GMZ ... [more ▼]

Gaomiaozi (GMZ) bentonite is currently considered as themost suitable buffermaterial for high-level radioactive waste geological repository in China. To investigate the long-term performance of GMZ bentonite under repository conditions, a large scale mock-up test has been carried out since 2011. In the test, a hydration systemand an electrical heater were employed to simulate the Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) coupled conditions near a repository. In this work, a numerical study is performed to reproduce the experimental data obtained in the first three years of the China-Mock-up experiment. The principle THM characteristics and parameters of the bentonite are presented. On this basis, a THM coupled constitutive model is introduced. With the proposed model, numerical simulations of the China-Mock-up test are carried out using LAGAMINE. The numerical data of temperature, relative humidity, and swelling pressure of the GMZ compacted bentonite are compared with the experimental ones.We discuss the effect of the balance between the drying effect and water penetration process on the THM behavior of the GMZ bentonite. The good agreement between the predicted and experimental results suggests that the proposed model can reproduce the fundamental behavior of GMZ compacted bentonite under coupled THM conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe construction of religion as a ‘public problem’. The emergence of Islam in the public space during Tunisia’s transition to democracy (2011--2014)
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Social Sciences Information = Information sur les Sciences Sociales (2016), 55(4),

La construction de l'islam en "problème public" au cours de la période de transition démocratique.

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See detailTransition to democracy in Tunisia. Learning about citizenship in a national and transnational context
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Social Sciences Information = Information sur les Sciences Sociales (2016), 55(4),

La transition en Tunisie a constitué un moment fort d'apprentissage de la démocratie.

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See detailA method for measuring the sensitivity of building structural members to fire decay phases
Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Acta Polytechnica (2016), 56(4), 344-352

Fire brigades face a major threat when intervening in a building in fire: the possibility of structural collapse during the cooling phase of the fire, or soon thereafter. Currently this threat is ... [more ▼]

Fire brigades face a major threat when intervening in a building in fire: the possibility of structural collapse during the cooling phase of the fire, or soon thereafter. Currently this threat is amplified by the fact that the behaviour of structures after the time of peak gas temperature is not well understood, and is not taken into account in the design. This work presents an analysis of the behaviour of different structural members under natural fires and develops a method to characterize their sensitivity to fire decay phases. Thermo-mechanical numerical simulations based on the non-linear finite element method are conducted using the parametric fire model of Eurocode to represent natural fires. Results show that, for all the studied members (column, beam) and materials (reinforced concrete, steel and timber), structural failure during or after the cooling phase of a fire is a possible event. The major factors that promote delayed structural failure are the thermal inertia and the constituting material of the member. A method, based on a new indicator, is proposed to quantify the propensity to delayed failure for structural members under natural fire. This work enhances the understanding of the structural behaviour under natural fires and has important implications for the safety of the fire brigades and people proceeding to a building inspection after a fire. [less ▲]

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See detailLa décharge du débiteur après transfert, sous autorité de justice, de la totalité de son entreprise : les conditions et la procédure en questions
Pasteger, David ULg; Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

in Revue de Droit Commercial Belge = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht (2016), 9

Comment of the judgment of the Commercial Court of Ghent (Oudenaarde section), October 1st 2015, concerning the discharge of a debtor whose business has been fully transferred on the basis of Article 67 ... [more ▼]

Comment of the judgment of the Commercial Court of Ghent (Oudenaarde section), October 1st 2015, concerning the discharge of a debtor whose business has been fully transferred on the basis of Article 67 of the Law on Business Continuity (LBC), excluding the extraordinary debts in the moratorium secured by a mortgage on the family home. The paper then explains in detail the conditions of the discharge provided under Article 70 LBC and compares it with the similar mechanism of the bankrupt's excusability. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear dynamical tunneling of optical whispering gallery modes in the presence of a Kerr nonlinearity
Shim, Jeong -Bo ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Hentschel, Martina et al

in Physical Review A (2016), 94

The effect of a Kerr nonlinearity on dynamical tunneling is studied, using coupled whispering gallery modes in an optical microcavity. The model system that we have chosen is the “add-drop filter,” which ... [more ▼]

The effect of a Kerr nonlinearity on dynamical tunneling is studied, using coupled whispering gallery modes in an optical microcavity. The model system that we have chosen is the “add-drop filter,” which is comprised of an optical microcavity and two waveguides coupled to the cavity. Due to the evanescent fields scattering on the waveguide, the whispering gallery modes in the microcavity form doublets, which manifest themselves as splittings in the spectrum. As these doublets can be regarded as a spectral feature of dynamical tunneling between two different dynamical states with a spatial overlap, the effect of a Kerr nonlinearity on the doublets is numerically investigated in the more general context of the relationship between cubic nonlinearity and dynamical tunneling. Within the numerical realization of the model system, it is observed that the doublets show a bistable transition in their transmission curve as the Kerr nonlinearity in the cavity is increased. At the same time, one rotational mode becomes dominant over the other one in the transmission, since the two states in the doublet have uneven linewidths. By using coupled-mode theory, the underlying mode dynamics of the phenomena is theoretically modeled and clarified. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon Supply and Photoacclimation Cross Talk in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Polukhina, I; Fristedt, R; Dinc, E et al

in Plant Physiology (2016), 172(3), 1494-1505

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See detailLa reconnaissance internationale de la République du Kosovo (2008-2016) : succès, défis et perspectives de ce nouvel État
Lika, Liridon ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2016)

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See detailHybridation, intergénéricité et ironie dans “Arsène Schrauwen” d’Olivier Schrauwen
Crucifix, Benoît ULg; Meesters, Gert

in Neuvième art 2.0. (2016)

« La vraie vie, c’est ce qui se passe dans la tête quand on fait la vaisselle », ou « J’ai souvent une idée [de ce à quoi ressemblera ma prochaine histoire], mais généralement mon subconscient a d’autres ... [more ▼]

« La vraie vie, c’est ce qui se passe dans la tête quand on fait la vaisselle », ou « J’ai souvent une idée [de ce à quoi ressemblera ma prochaine histoire], mais généralement mon subconscient a d’autres projets ». Ces citations, tirées d’un récent entretien, sont typiques de la posture d’Olivier Schrauwen et indiquent directement qu’une histoire sur le Congo belge, dans ses mains, ressemblera à toute autre chose que les récits (post)coloniaux auxquels la bande dessinée s’est habituée. Paru en français en 2015 à L’Association, Arsène Schrauwen fait le récit halluciné du voyage au Congo qu’aurait effectué, comme le titre semble l’induire, le grand-père de l’auteur. En partant d’un contexte de production où la bande dessinée documentaire et autobiographique sont désormais bien ancrés, nous nous pencherons sur la façon dont Arsène Schrauwen se distingue de telles approches, souvent par l’absurde et l’ironie, mais aussi en invoquant des thèmes et motifs typiques des genres populaires qui ont dominés l’histoire de la bande dessinée. L’ouvrage de Schrauwen revendique ainsi une portée auto-réflexive qui s’étend d’autant plus à une réflexion comique sur le « langage » de la bande dessinée, un jeu qui sert le propos du livre à des fins plus profondes qu’il ne pourrait paraître. [less ▲]

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See detailRecension de l'ouvrage de G. Rosoux : Vers une "dématérialisation" des droits fondamentaux?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2016), 2016(3), 631-633

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See detailM. MINÉ, Droit des discriminations dans l'emploi et le travail
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), (37), 1783

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See detailOn the Variable Dilatancy Angle in Rocks Around Underground Galleries
Salehnia, Fatemeh ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering (2016)

Correct estimation of the dilatant behavior of a rock has an essential role in a realistic numerical simulation of the fracturing threshold during the rock deformation process and its post-failure ... [more ▼]

Correct estimation of the dilatant behavior of a rock has an essential role in a realistic numerical simulation of the fracturing threshold during the rock deformation process and its post-failure response, based on experimental and field observations. This importance has been poorly treated in most of the numerical analyses dealing with the rock engineering common problems such as deep excavations. The dilatancy angle as a commonly used parameter for describing the dilatation response of a rock is mostly simplified to be a constant value. Contrarily, a literature review declares the inadequacy of this approach in those rock mechanics applications. In the present paper, a new formula for considering the variable dilatancy angle is presented which relates this parameter to the plastic shear strain in the course of a loading procedure. It is aimed at characterizing an evolution of the dilatant or contracting volumetric response of a rock as well as giving the possibility to simulate a dilatant/contracting transitional behavior. The model is applied to simulate the development of strain localization, in shear band mode, within the inevitable excavation damaged zone created around an underground opening in rock. It is illustrated that using the model of variable dilatancy angle in a deep excavation modeling could help to better reproduce the fractures development around the opening in the course of tunneling. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyhydroxyurethane hydrogels: synthesis and characterizations
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2016), 84

Hydrogels based on polyurethane (PU) are promising (bio-) materials because of their bio- compatibility, biodegradation and excellent mechanical properties. In this publication, polyurethane hydrogels ... [more ▼]

Hydrogels based on polyurethane (PU) are promising (bio-) materials because of their bio- compatibility, biodegradation and excellent mechanical properties. In this publication, polyurethane hydrogels were produced for the first time by a non-isocyanate route by solvent-free step-growth copolymerization between a CO2-sourced hydrophilic polyethy- lene glycol bi-cyclic carbonate with diamines in the presence of a cross-linker. Kinetic of poly(hydroxyurethane) (PHU) synthesis was monitored by ATR-IR and the chemical cross-linking was confirmed by rheology and gel contents measurements. Hydrogels were obtained by immersion of PHUs in water and the influence of the diamine/cross-linker ratio and the nature of diamine on the water swelling and compression properties (compression modulus, strain and stress at break) of PHU hydrogels was evaluated. Additionally, the compression properties of the hydrogels were improved by the addition of Montmorillonite as nanofiller in the PHU formulation. This work opens new application fields for CO2-sourced PHUs. [less ▲]

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See detailAre there biologic factors of good prognosis after a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection for tendinopathies ?
Libertiaux, Vincent ULg; Sancerne, Audrey; LE GOFF, Caroline ULg et al

in Journal of Exercise, Sports & Orthopedics (2016), 3(2), 1-4

Background : The aims of this study were to evaluate the effect of a single PRP injection followed by a standardized reeducation protocol among patients suffering from different tendinopathies, but ... [more ▼]

Background : The aims of this study were to evaluate the effect of a single PRP injection followed by a standardized reeducation protocol among patients suffering from different tendinopathies, but otherwise healthy, and to determine the biomarkers that constitute good prognosis factors, if any. Methods : 48 patients suffering from different tendinopathies and refractory to conventional physiotherapy were treated with a single PRP injection. Prior to the injection, a blood sample was drawn and some biological parameters (glycemia, cholesterolemia,...) were measured. A pain assessment was then made using a Visual Analog Scale of pain (VAS) and a pressure algometer. The same assessment was carried out after 6 weeks and 12 weeks when possible. Results : There is an overall significant improvement in VAS score at the end of the 12 weeks follow- up. However, no correlation was found between the evolution of the clinical scores and the biological parameters measured. Conclusion: A PRP injection followed by a program of eccentric rehabilitation positively affects the algo-functional scores of patients with tendinopathies who were refractory to conventional physio- therapy, whatever the initial values of the measuured biological parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailRevealed preference tests of collectively rational consumption behavior: formulations and algorithms
Talla Nobibon, Fabrice; Cherchye, Laurens; Crama, Yves ULg et al

in Operations Research (2016), 64(6), 11971216

This paper focuses on revealed preference tests of the collective model of household consumption. We start by showing that the decision problems corresponding to testing collective rationality are {\sc np ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on revealed preference tests of the collective model of household consumption. We start by showing that the decision problems corresponding to testing collective rationality are {\sc np}-complete. This makes the application of these tests problematic for (increasingly available) large(r) scale data sets. We then present two approaches to overcome this negative result. First, we introduce exact algorithms based on mixed-integer programming ({\sc mip}) formulations of the collective rationality tests, which can be usefully applied to medium sized data sets. Next, we propose simulated annealing heuristics, which allow for efficient testing of the collective model in the case of large data sets. We illustrate our methods by a number of computational experiments based on Dutch labor supply data. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of interactions on the relaxation processes in magnetic nanostructures
Atkinson, Lewis; Ostler, Thomas ULg; Ondrej, Hovorka et al

in Physical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2016), 94

Controlling the relaxation of magnetization in magnetic nanostructures is key to optimizing magnetic storage device performance. This relaxation is governed by both intrinsic and extrinsic relaxation ... [more ▼]

Controlling the relaxation of magnetization in magnetic nanostructures is key to optimizing magnetic storage device performance. This relaxation is governed by both intrinsic and extrinsic relaxation mechanisms and with the latter strongly dependent on the interactions between the nanostructures. In the present work we investigate laser induced magnetization dynamics in a broadband optical resonance type experiment revealing the role of interactions between nanostructures on the relaxation processes of granular magnetic structures. The results are corroborated by constructing a temperature dependent numerical micromagnetic model of magnetization dynamics based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. The model predicts a strong dependence of damping on the key material properties of coupled granular nanostructures in good agreement with the experimental data. We show that the intergranular, magnetostatic and exchange interactions provide a large extrinsic contribution to the damping. Finally we show that the mechanism can be attributed to an increase in spin-wave degeneracy with the ferromagnetic resonance mode as revealed by semianalytical spin-wave calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailLacunes extrinsèques et effets au contentieux préjudiciel : lorsque la Cour de cassation fait d'une pierre deux coups
Pironnet, Quentin ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), 35(2016), 1652-1658

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See detailBollywood et les limites du soft power indien
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Telos (electronic journal) (2016)

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See detailInterspecific variation of warning calls in piranhas: a comparative analysis
Melotte, Geoffrey ULg; Vigouroux, Régis; Michel, Christian ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2016)

Fish sounds are known to be species-specific, possessing unique temporal and spectral features. We have recorded and compared sounds in eight piranha species to evaluate the potential role of acoustic ... [more ▼]

Fish sounds are known to be species-specific, possessing unique temporal and spectral features. We have recorded and compared sounds in eight piranha species to evaluate the potential role of acoustic communication as a driving force in clade diversification. All piranha species showed the same kind of sound-producing mechanism: sonic muscles originate on vertebrae and attach to a tendon surrounding the bladder ventrally. Contractions of the sound-producing muscles force swimbladder vibration and dictate the fundamental frequency. It results the calling features of the eight piranha species logically share many common characteristics. In all the species, the calls are harmonic sounds composed of multiple continuous cycles. However, the sounds of Serrasalmus elongatus (higher number of cycles and high fundamental frequency) and S. manueli (long cycle periods and low fundamental frequency) are clearly distinguishable from the other species. The sonic mechanism being largely conserved throughout piranha evolution, acoustic communication can hardly be considered as the main driving force in the diversification process. However, sounds of some species are clearly distinguishable despite the short space for variations supporting the need for specific communication. Behavioural studies are needed to clearly understand the eventual role of the calls during spawning events. [less ▲]

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See detailCompetition between finite-size effects and dipole–dipole interactions in few-atom systems
Damanet, François ULg; Martin, John ULg

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (2016), 49

In this paper, we study the competition between finite-size effects (i.e. discernibility of particles) and dipole–dipole interactions in few-atom systems coupled to the electromagnetic field in vacuum. We ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we study the competition between finite-size effects (i.e. discernibility of particles) and dipole–dipole interactions in few-atom systems coupled to the electromagnetic field in vacuum. We consider two hallmarks of cooperative effects, superradiance and subradiance, and compute for each the rate of energy radiated by the atoms and the coherence of the atomic state during the time evolution. We adopt a statistical approach in order to extract the typical behaviour of the atomic dynamics and average over random atomic distributions in spherical containers with prescribed k0 R with k0 the radiation wavenumber and R the average interatomic distance. Our approach allows us to highlight the tradeoff between finite-size effects and dipole– dipole interactions in superradiance/subradiance. In particular, we show the existence of an optimal value of k0R for which the superradiant intensity and coherence pulses are the less affected by dephasing effects induced by dipole–dipole interactions and finite-size effects. [less ▲]

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See detailVelocimetry of superconducting vortices based on stroboscopic resonances
Jelic, Zeljko ULg; Milosevic, Milorad; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

An experimental determination of the mean vortex velocity in superconductors mostly relies on the measurement of flux-flow resistance with magnetic field, temperature, or driving current. In the present ... [more ▼]

An experimental determination of the mean vortex velocity in superconductors mostly relies on the measurement of flux-flow resistance with magnetic field, temperature, or driving current. In the present work we introduce a method combining conventional transport measurements and a frequency-tuned flashing pinning potential to obtain reliable estimates of the vortex velocity. The proposed device is characterized using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau formalism, where the velocimetry method exploits the resonances in mean vortex dissipation when temporal commensuration occurs between the vortex crossings and the flashing potential. We discuss the sensitivity of the proposed technique on applied current, temperature and heat diffusion, as well as the vortex core deformations during fast motion. [less ▲]

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See detailMyoferlin regulates cellular lipid metabolism and promotes metastases in triple-negative breast cancer
Blomme, Arnaud; Costanza, Brunella ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Oncogene (2016)

Myoferlin is a multiple C2-domain-containing protein that regulates membrane repair, tyrosine kinase receptor function and endocytosis in myoblasts and endothelial cells. Recently it has been reported as ... [more ▼]

Myoferlin is a multiple C2-domain-containing protein that regulates membrane repair, tyrosine kinase receptor function and endocytosis in myoblasts and endothelial cells. Recently it has been reported as overexpressed in several cancers and shown to contribute to proliferation, migration and invasion of cancer cells. We have previously demonstrated that myoferlin regulates epidermal growth factor receptor activity in breast cancer. In the current study, we report a consistent overexpression of myoferlin in triple-negative breast cancer cells (TNBC) over cells originating from other breast cancer subtypes. Using a combination of proteomics, metabolomics and electron microscopy, we demonstrate that myoferlin depletion results in marked alteration of endosomal system and metabolism. Mechanistically, myoferlin depletion caused impaired vesicle traffic that led to a misbalance of saturated/unsaturated fatty acids. This provoked mitochondrial dysfunction in TNBC cells. As a consequence of the major metabolic stress, TNBC cells rapidly triggered AMP activated protein kinase-mediated metabolic reprogramming to glycolysis. This reduced their ability to balance between oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis, rendering TNBC cells metabolically inflexible, and more sensitive to metabolic drug targeting in vitro. In line with this, our in vivo findings demonstrated a significantly reduced capacity of myoferlin-deficient TNBC cells to metastasise to lungs. The significance of this observation was further supported by clinical data, showing that TNBC patients whose tumors overexpress myoferlin have worst distant metastasis-free and overall survivals. This novel insight into myoferlin function establishes an important link between vesicle traffic, cancer metabolism and progression, offering new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts to develop treatments for TNBC patients. [less ▲]

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See detailSU(3) Clebsch-Gordan coefficients at large $N_c$
Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Nuclear Physics A (2016), 945

It is argued that several papers where SU(3) Clebsch-Gordan coefficients were calculated in order to describe properties of hadronic systems are, up to a phase convention, particular cases of analytic ... [more ▼]

It is argued that several papers where SU(3) Clebsch-Gordan coefficients were calculated in order to describe properties of hadronic systems are, up to a phase convention, particular cases of analytic formulae derived by Hecht in 1965 in the context of nuclear physics. This is valid for irreducible representations with multiplicity one in the corresponding Clebsch-Gordan series. For multiplicity two, Hecht has proposed an alternative which can provide correct $1/N_c$ sub-leading orders in large $N_c$ studies. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of biomaterial microtopography on bone regeneration: comparison of three hydroxyapatites
LAMBERT, France ULg; Bacevic, Miljana ULg; Layrolle, Pierre et al

in Clinical Oral Implants Research (2016)

Aims: The primary objective of this study was to compare the in vivo performance, namely in terms of quantity of newly formed bone and bone-to-material contact (osteoconductivity), of three hydroxyapatite ... [more ▼]

Aims: The primary objective of this study was to compare the in vivo performance, namely in terms of quantity of newly formed bone and bone-to-material contact (osteoconductivity), of three hydroxyapatite-based biomaterials (HA) of different origins (natural or synthetic) or manufacturing process in a sinus lift model in rabbits. The secondary objective was to correlate the findings with the physical and topographical characteristics of the biomaterials. Materials and Methods: Two bovine HA manufactured with different processes (bovine hydroxyapatites [BHA] and cuttlebone hydroxyapatite [CBHA]) and a synthetic hydroxyapatite (SHA) sintered at high temperature were characterised with scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and the measurement of specific surface area (BET). The materials were implanted in a sinus lift model in rabbits; histological and histomorphometric evaluation using non-decalcified sections was performed at 1, 5 and 12 weeks after implantation. Results: The studied biomaterials displayed a different surface topography. The two natural HA displayed significantly higher bone quantities (P = 0.0017; BHA vs. SHA, P = 0.0018 and CBHA vs. SHA, P = 0.033) at 5 and 12 weeks compared to the synthetic one (SHA). Moreover, the osteoconductivity (bone-to-material contact) was significantly higher in the BHA group compared to the two other groups (P = 0.014; BHA vs. SHA, P = 0.023 and BHA vs. CBHA, P = 0.033). Conclusion: HA-based biomaterials from diverse origins and manufacturing processes displayed different topographical characteristics. This may have influenced different regenerated bone architecture observed; more bone was found with natural HA compared to the synthetic one, and significantly higher bone-to-material contacts were found with BHA. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of flight style on the aerodynamic properties of avian wings as fixed lifting surfaces
Lees, John J.; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Nudds, Robert L.

in PeerJ (2016), 4:e2495

The diversity of wing morphologies in birds reflects their variety of flight styles and the associated aerodynamic and inertial requirements. Although the aerodynamics underlying wing morphology can be ... [more ▼]

The diversity of wing morphologies in birds reflects their variety of flight styles and the associated aerodynamic and inertial requirements. Although the aerodynamics underlying wing morphology can be informed by aeronautical research, important differences exist between planes and birds. In particular, birds operate at lower, transitional Reynolds numbers than do most aircraft. To date, few quantitative studies have investigated the aerodynamic performance of avian wings as fixed lifting surfaces and none have focused upon the differences between wings from different flight style groups. Dried wings from 10 bird species representing 3 distinct flight style groups were mounted on a force/torque sensor within a wind tunnel in order to test the hypothesis that wing morphologies associated with different flight styles exhibit different aerodynamic properties. Morphological differences manifested primarily as differences in drag rather than lift. Maximum lift coefficients did not differ between groups, whereas minimum drag coefficients were lowest in undulating flyers (Corvids). The lift to drag ratios were lower than in conventional aerofoils and data from free-flying soaring species; particularly in high frequency, flapping flyers (Anseriformes), which do not rely heavily on glide performance. The results illustrate important aerodynamic differences between the wings of different flight style groups that cannot be explained solely by simple wing-shape measures. Taken at face value, the results also suggest that wing-shape is linked principally to changes in aerodynamic drag, but, of course, it is aerodynamics during flapping and not gliding that is likely to be the primary driver. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomasse et stocks de carbone des forêts tropicales africaines (synthèse bibliographique)
Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Loumeto, Jean-Joël et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20(4), 508-522

Introduction. Quantifying the biomass and carbon stocks contained in tropical forests has become an international priority for the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism. Forest biomass is estimated at ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Quantifying the biomass and carbon stocks contained in tropical forests has become an international priority for the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism. Forest biomass is estimated at three successive levels: the tree, the stand and the region level. This paper reviews the state of the art regarding the estimation of biomass and carbon stocks in tropical African forests. Literature. This review highlights the fact that very few allometric equations, equations used for estimating the biomass of the tree using non-destructive measurements (diameter, height), have been established for tropical African forests. At the stand level, the review highlights the spatial and temporal variations in biomass between forest types in Central and Eastern Africa. While biomass recovery after a disturbance (logging, for instance) is rather quick, a great deal of uncertainty still remains regarding the spatial variation in biomass, and there is no consensus on a regional biomass map. The quality of biomass mapping in tropical Africa strongly depends on the type of remotely-sensed data being used (optical, RADAR or LIDAR), and the allometric equation used to convert forest inventory data into biomass. Conclusions. Based on the lack of precision of the available allometric equations and forest inventory data and the large spatial scale involved, many uncertainties persist in relation to the estimation of the biomass and carbon stocks contained in African tropical forests. [less ▲]

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See detailLettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var. Sucrine) Growth Performance in Complemented Aquaponic Solution Outperforms Hydroponics
Delaide, Boris; Goddek, Simon; Gott, James et al

in Water (2016), 8(467),

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See detailThe closure of arteriovenous fistula in kidney transplant recipients is associated with an acceleration of kidney function decline
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; VANDERWECKENE, Pauline ULg; pottel, hans et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2016)

ABSTRACT Background. The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, the impact of AVF closure on renal function in kidney ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background. The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, the impact of AVF closure on renal function in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) remains unknown. Methods. From 2007 to 2013, we retrospectively categorized 285 KTRs into three groups: no AVF (Group 0, n = 90), closed AVF (Group 1, n = 114) and left-open AVF (Group 2, n = 81). AVF closure occurred at 653 ± 441 days after kidney transplantation (KTx), with a thrombosis:ligation ratio of 19:95. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was determined using the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation. Linear mixed models calculated the slope and intercept of eGFR decline versus time, starting at 3 months post-KTx, with a median follow-up of 1807 days (95% confidence interval 1665–2028). Results. The eGFR slope was less in Group 1 (−0.081 mL/min/ month) compared with Group 0 (−0.183 mL/min/month; P = 0.03) or Group 2 (−0.164 mL/min/month; P = 0.09). Still, the eGFR slope significantly deteriorated after (−0.159 mL/min/month) versus before (0.038 mL/min/month) AVF closure (P= 0.03). Study periods before versus after AVF closure were balanced to a mean of 13.5 and 12.5 months, respectively, with at least 10 observations per patient (n = 99). Conclusions. In conclusion, a significant acceleration of eGFR decline is observed over the 12 months following the closure of a functioning AVF in KTRs. [less ▲]

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See detailLe régime disciplinaire appliqué aux internés : irresponsables au pénal, responsables au disciplinaire ?
Michiels, Olivier ULg; Nederlandt, Olivia

in Journal des Tribunaux (2016), (6660), 561-570

La loi de principes du 12 janvier 2005 organise un régime disciplinaire au sein des établissements pénitentiaires avec pour objectif le maintien de l'ordre et de la sécurité. Ce régime s'applique aux ... [more ▼]

La loi de principes du 12 janvier 2005 organise un régime disciplinaire au sein des établissements pénitentiaires avec pour objectif le maintien de l'ordre et de la sécurité. Ce régime s'applique aux internés détenus en prison. Déclarer des internés responsables d'avoir commis des infractions disciplinaires pose cependant question, dès lors que la mesure d'internement signifie qu'ils ont préalablement été déclarés irresponsables de leurs actes. Cet article présente le régime disciplinaire appliqué en prison, en abordant différentes questions relatives aux infractions disciplinaires, portant sur leur nature juridique, leur élément moral et leur imputabilité aux internés. [less ▲]

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See detail68Ga and 188Re Starch-Based Microparticles as Theranostic Tool for the Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Radiolabeling and Preliminary In Vivo Rat Studies
Verger, Elise ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; MEFFRE, Geneviève ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016)

This work aims to develop, validate and optimize the radiolabeling of Starch-Based Microparticles (SBMP) by 188Re and 68Ga in the form of ready-to-use radiolabeling kits, the ultimate goal being to obtain ... [more ▼]

This work aims to develop, validate and optimize the radiolabeling of Starch-Based Microparticles (SBMP) by 188Re and 68Ga in the form of ready-to-use radiolabeling kits, the ultimate goal being to obtain a unique theranostic vector for the treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. METHODS: Optimal labeling conditions and composition of freeze-dried kits were defined by monitoring the radiochemical purity while varying several parameters. In vitro stability studies were carried out, as well as an in vivo biodistribution as a preliminary approach with the intra-arterial injection of 68Ga radiolabeled SBMP into the hepatic artery of DENA-induced rats followed by PET/CT imaging. RESULTS: Kits were optimized for 188Re and 68Ga with high and stable radiochemical purity (>95% and >98% respectively). The in vivo preliminary study was successful with more than 95% of activity found in the liver and mostly in the tumorous part. CONCLUSION: SBMP are a promising theranostic agent for the Selective Internal Radiation Therapy of Hepatocellular carcinoma [less ▲]

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See detailZones de défection temporaire. Refigurations de Bartleby et de des Esseintes dans quelques romans contemporains
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Huppe, Justine ULg

in TRANS : Revue de Littérature Générale et Comparée (2016), 20

Concerned by the exploitation of narrative and fiction for commercial or strategic purposes, many writers and observers wonder what power literature still has today, when the logic of capitalism took over ... [more ▼]

Concerned by the exploitation of narrative and fiction for commercial or strategic purposes, many writers and observers wonder what power literature still has today, when the logic of capitalism took over its tools and seems always one step ahead of its critical potentialities. To use Albert Hirschman’s terminology, if the possibilities of voice seem exhausted, can the same be said of the exit strategy, in a networked world precisely fortified by the constant injunction to freedom and autonomy? Moving the issue to the field of the novel, our contribution focuses on some contemporary characters’ wish to withdraw (geeks, secluded artists, autonomous activists, hermits of the virtual age, etc.), compared to emblematic literary figures of exit in the XIXth century (des Esseintes, Bartleby, Oblomov, Emma Bovary), so as to measure the changes that affected the very space of possibilities of exit, and their consequences for forms of resistance in literature. [less ▲]

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See detailHépatite C. Dépister largement...et guérir!
DELWAIDE, Jean ULg

in Le Journal du Médecin (2016), (2467), 20-21

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See detailA daily, 1 km resolution data set of downscaled Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance (1958–2015)
Noel, B.; van de Berg, W. J.; Machguth, H. et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2016), 10

This study presents a data set of daily, 1 km resolution Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) surface mass balance (SMB) covering the period 1958–2015. Applying corrections for elevation, bare ice albedo and ... [more ▼]

This study presents a data set of daily, 1 km resolution Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) surface mass balance (SMB) covering the period 1958–2015. Applying corrections for elevation, bare ice albedo and accumulation bias, the high-resolution product is statistically downscaled from the native daily output of the polar regional climate model RACMO2.3 at 11 km. The data set includes all individual SMB components projected to a down-sampled version of the Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) digital elevation model and ice mask. The 1 km mask better resolves narrow ablation zones, valley glaciers, fjords and disconnected ice caps. Relative to the 11 km product, the more detailed representation of isolated glaciated areas leads to increased precipitation over the southeastern GrIS. In addition, the downscaled product shows a significant increase in runoff owing to better resolved low-lying marginal glaciated regions. The combined corrections for elevation and bare ice albedo markedly improve model agreement with a newly compiled data set of ablation measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailDroplet formation by squeezing in a microfluidic cross-junction
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Kraft, Michael ULg et al

in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (2016), 20(10), 1-12

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross ... [more ▼]

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross-junction with a minimum number of geometrical parameters. We mostly focus on the squeezing regime, which is composed of two distinct steps : filling and pinching. The duration of each step (and corresponding volumes of each liquid phase) are analyzed. They vary according to both water and oil flow rates. These variations provide several insights about the fluid flows in both phases. We propose several scaling laws to relate the droplet volume and frequency to the flow rate of both phases. We also discuss the influence of surfactant and channel compliance on droplet formation. [less ▲]

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See detailElastic scattering of vortex electrons provides direct access to the Coulomb phase
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Seipt, Daniel; Surzhykov, Andrey et al

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2016), 94(7), 076001

Vortex electron beams are freely propagating electron waves carrying adjustable orbital angular momentum with respect to the propagation direction. Such beams were experimentally realized just a few years ... [more ▼]

Vortex electron beams are freely propagating electron waves carrying adjustable orbital angular momentum with respect to the propagation direction. Such beams were experimentally realized just a few years ago and are now used to probe various electromagnetic processes. So far, these experiments used the single vortex electron beams, either propagating in external fields or impacting a target. Here, we investigate the elastic scattering of two such aligned vortex electron beams and demonstrate that this process allows one to experimentally measure features which are impossible to detect in the usual plane-wave scattering. The scattering amplitude of this process is well approximated by two plane-wave scattering amplitudes with different momentum transfers, which interfere and give direct experimental access to the Coulomb phase. This phase (shift) affects the scattering of all charged particles and has thus received significant theoretical attention but was never probed experimentally. We show that a properly defined azimuthal asymmetry, which has no counterpart in plane-wave scattering, allows one to directly measure the Coulomb phase as function of the scattering angle. [less ▲]

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See detailProspective, long-term study of the effect of cabergoline on valvular status in patients with prolactinoma and idiopathic hyperprolactinemia.
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Garcia, Monica Tome et al

in Endocrine (2016)

Since the 1990's cabergoline has been the treatment of choice in prolactinoma, as it permits rapid and effective hormonal and tumor control in most cases. Evidence of cardiac valvulopathy was demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Since the 1990's cabergoline has been the treatment of choice in prolactinoma, as it permits rapid and effective hormonal and tumor control in most cases. Evidence of cardiac valvulopathy was demonstrated in Parkinson's disease patients treated with dopamine agonists. Retrospective studies in prolactinoma patients treated with cabergoline at lower doses did not show such an effect. However, few prospective data with long-term follow-up are available. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of cabergoline regarding cardiac valvular status during prospective follow-up in patients treated for prolactinoma or idiopathic hyperprolactinemia. We report here a series of 100 patients (71F; median age at diagnosis: 41.5 years) treated with cabergoline for endocrine diseases (prolactinoma n = 89, idiopathic hyperprolactinemia n = 11). All patients underwent complete transthoracic echocardiographic studies at baseline and during long-term prospective surveillance using the same equipment and performed by the same technicians. The median interval between baseline and last follow-up echocardiographic studies while on cabergoline was 62.5 months (interquartile range: 34.75-77.0). The median total duration of cabergoline treatment was 124.5 months (interquartile range: 80.75-188.75) and the median cumulative total dose of cabergoline was 277.8 mg (interquartile range : 121.4-437.8 mg) at last follow-up. We found no clinically relevant alterations in cardiac valve function or valvular calcifications with cabergoline treatment. Our data suggest that findings from retrospective analyses are correct and that cabergoline is a safe chronic treatment at the doses used typically in endocrinology. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening for the metabolic syndrome in subjects with migraine
Streel, Sylvie ULg; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Dardenne, Nadia ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2016)

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See detailMaize plants can enter a standby mode to cope with chilling stress
Riva-Roveda, Laetitia ULg; Escale, Brigitte; Giauffret, Catherine et al

in BMC Plant Biology (2016), 16

Background European Flint maize inbred lines are used as a source of adaptation to cold in most breeding programs in Northern Europe. A deep understanding of their adaptation strategy could thus provide ... [more ▼]

Background European Flint maize inbred lines are used as a source of adaptation to cold in most breeding programs in Northern Europe. A deep understanding of their adaptation strategy could thus provide valuable clues for further improvement, which is required in the current context of climate change. We therefore compared six inbreds and two derived Flint x Dent hybrids for their response to one-week at low temperature (10°C day/7 or 4°C night) during steady-state vegetative growth. Results Leaf growth was arrested during chilling treatment but recovered fast upon return to warm temperature, so that no negative effect on shoot biomass was measured. Gene expression analyses of the emerging leaf in the hybrids suggest that plants maintained a ‘ready-to-grow’ state during chilling since cell cycle genes were not differentially expressed in the division zone and genes coding for expansins were on the opposite up-regulated in the elongation zone. In photosynthetic tissues, a strong reduction in PSII efficiency was measured. Chilling repressed chlorophyll biosynthesis; we detected accumulation of the precursor geranylgeranyl chlorophyll a and down-regulation of GERANYLGERANYL REDUCTASE (GGR) in mature leaf tissues. Excess light energy was mostly dissipated through fluorescence and constitutive thermal dissipation processes, rather than by light-regulated thermal dissipation. Consistently, only weak clues of xanthophyll cycle activation were found. CO2 assimilation was reduced by chilling, as well as the expression levels of genes encoding phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK), and the small subunit of Rubisco. Accumulation of sugars was correlated with a strong decrease of the specific leaf area (SLA). Conclusions Altogether, our study reveals good tolerance of the photosynthetic machinery of Northern European maize to chilling and suggests that growth arrest might be their strategy for fast recovery after a mild stress. [less ▲]

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See detailTracing back the evolution of the candidate LBV HD 168625
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594

Context. The luminous blue variable phase is a crucial transitory phase that is not clearly understood in the massive star evolution. <BR /> Aims: We have obtained far-infrared Herschel/PACS imaging and ... [more ▼]

Context. The luminous blue variable phase is a crucial transitory phase that is not clearly understood in the massive star evolution. <BR /> Aims: We have obtained far-infrared Herschel/PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula surrounding the candidate LBV HD 168625. By combining these data with optical spectra of the central star, we want to constrain the abundances in the nebula and in the star and compare them to trace back the evolution of this object. <BR /> Methods: We use the CMFGEN atmosphere code to determine the fundamental parameters and the CNO abundances of the central star whilst the abundances of the nebula are derived from the emission lines present in the Herschel/PACS spectrum. <BR /> Results: The far-infrared images show a nebula composed of an elliptical ring/torus of ejecta with a ESE-WNW axis and of a second perpendicular bipolar structure composed of empty caps/rings. We detect equatorial shells composed of dust and ionized material with different sizes when observed at different wavelengths, and bipolar caps more of less separated from the central star in Hα and mid-IR images. This complex global structure seems to show two different inclinations: ~40° for the equatorial torus and ~ 60° for the bipolar ejections. From the Herschel/PACS spectrum, we determine nebular abundances of N/H = 4.1 ± 0.8 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] and , as well as a mass of ionized gas of 0.17 ± 0.04 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] and a neutral hydrogen mass of about 1.0 ± 0.3 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] which dominates. Analysis of the central star reveals T[SUB]eff[/SUB] = 14 000 ± 2000 K, log g = 1.74 ± 0.05 and log (L/L[SUB]⊙[/SUB]) = 5.58 ± 0.11. We derive stellar CNO abundances of about N/H = 5.0 ± 1.5 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP], C/H = 1.4 ± 0.5 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] and O/H = 3.5 ± 1.0 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP], not significantly different from nebular abundances. All these measurements taken together are compatible with the evolutionary tracks of a star with an initial mass between 28 and 33 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] and with a critical rotational rate between 0.3 and 0.4 that has lost its material during or just after the blue supergiant phase. Based in part on observations taken by Herschel satellite. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Based in part on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, in Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a large scale aqueous sol-gel synthesis of doped TiO2: Study of various metallic dopings for the photocatalytic degradation of p-nitrophenol
Mahy, Julien ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Léonard, Géraldine ULg et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A : Chemistry (2016), 329

In this paper, an easy aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously by Mahy et al. [J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (2016)] is adapted to produce highly active TiO2 catalysts doped with Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2 ... [more ▼]

In this paper, an easy aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously by Mahy et al. [J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (2016)] is adapted to produce highly active TiO2 catalysts doped with Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cr3+, Al3+, Mn2+, and Co2+ ions and Pt metallic nanoparticles. Samples are characterized by inductively coupled plasma–atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements. Results show that the samples are composed of anatase-brookite TiO2 nanoparticles with a spherical shape and mean diameter of around 5-8 nm and a surface area of between about 150 - 250 m2 g-1. In each doped sample, the dopant is present in the form added during the synthesis, given that the sample has not undergone any particular treatment. Photoactivity tests show improvement in catalyst activity for Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, and Al3+ ion and Pt metallic nanoparticle dopants, while a decrease of activity is obtained for Cr3+, Mn2+ and Co2+ ion dopants. For some dopants, the activity of TiO2 doped with metallic ions and synthesized from the aqueous sol-gel process is equal or superior to the activity of the commercial photocatalyst Degussa P25. Some mechanisms are proposed to explain these modifications of activity with doping. Furthermore, cost comparison at laboratory scale showed that Zn and Cu nitrate salt dopings are clearly less expensive for a halogen light (UV/visible) or low energy light enhanced catalyst and may be considered for industrial applications. Using this method, a large scale Zn-doped TiO2 photocatalyst is synthesized with properties homologous to the lab-scale product. Results show that the aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously can be easily adapted for doping in order to produce an up-scalable synthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvancing the integration of corporate sustainability measurement, management and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 133

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See detailA Stochastic Multi-Scale Approach for the Modeling of Thermo-Elastic Damping in Micro-Resonators
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2016), 310

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one of the major dissipation mechanisms, which may have detrimental effects on the quality factor, and has to be predicted accurately. Since material uncertainties are inherent to and unavoidable in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the effects of those variations have to be considered in the modeling in order to ensure the required MEMS performance. To this end, a coupled thermo-mechanical stochastic multi-scale approach is developed in this paper. Thermo-mechanical micro-models of polycrystalline materials are used to represent micro-structure realizations. A computational homogenization procedure is then applied on these statistical volume elements to obtain the stochastic characterizations of the elasticity tensor, thermal expansion, and conductivity tensors at the meso-scale. Spatially correlated meso-scale random fields can thus be generated to represent the stochastic behavior of the homogenized material properties. Finally, the distribution of the thermo-elastic quality factor of MEMS resonators is studied through a stochastic finite element method using as input the generated stochastic random field. [less ▲]

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See detailApsidal motion in the massive binary HD 152218
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Rosu, S.; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594(A33), 1-12

Massive binary systems are important laboratories in which to probe the properties of massive stars and stellar physics in general. In this context, we analysed optical spectroscopy and photometry of the ... [more ▼]

Massive binary systems are important laboratories in which to probe the properties of massive stars and stellar physics in general. In this context, we analysed optical spectroscopy and photometry of the eccentric short-period early-type binary HD 152218 in the young open cluster NGC 6231. We reconstructed the spectra of the individual stars using a disentangling code. The individual spectra were then compared with synthetic spectra obtained with the CMFGEN model atmosphere code. We furthermore analysed the light curve of the binary and used it to constrain the orbital inclination and to derive absolute masses of (19.8 ± 1.5) and (15.0 ± 1.1) M⊙. Combining radial velocity measurements from over 60 yr, we show that the system displays apsidal motion at a rate of (2.04 ± .24)°/yr. Solving the Clairaut-Radau equation, we used stellar evolution models, obtained with the CLES code, to compute the internal structure constants and to evaluate the theoretically predicted rate of apsidal motion as a function of stellar age and primary mass. In this way, we determine an age of 5.8 ± 0.6 Myr for HD 152218, which is towards the higher end of, but compatible with, the range of ages of the massive star population of NGC 6231 as determined from isochrone fitting. [less ▲]

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See detailA large strain hyperelastic viscoelastic-viscoplastic-damage constitutive model based on a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum for amorphous glassy polymers
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Lani, Frédéric; Pardoen, Thomas et al

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2016), 96

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A ... [more ▼]

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A corotational formulation is used through the total Lagrange formalism. At small strains, the viscoelastic behavior is captured using the generalized Maxwell model. At large strains beyond a viscoelastic limit characterized by a pressure-sensitive yield function, which is extended from the Drucker-Prager one, a viscoplastic region follows. The viscoplastic flow is governed by a non-associated Perzyna-type flow rule incorporating this pressure-sensitive yield function and a quadratic flow potential in order to capture the volumetric deformation during the plastic process. The stress reduction phenomena arising from the post-peak plateau and during the failure stage are considered in the context of a continuum damage mechanics approach. The post-peak softening is modeled by an internal scalar, so-called softening variable, whose evolution is governed by a saturation law. When the softening variable is saturated, the rehardening stage is naturally obtained since the isotropic and kinematic hardening phenomena are still developing. Beyond the onset of failure characterized by a pressure-sensitive failure criterion, the damage process leading to the total failure is controlled by a second internal scalar, so-called failure variable. The final failure occurs when the failure variable reaches its critical value. To avoid the loss of solution uniqueness when dealing with the continuum damage mechanics formalism, a non-local implicit gradient formulation is used for both the softening and failure variables, leading to a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum. The pressure sensitivity considered in both the yield and failure conditions allows for the distinction under compression and tension loading conditions. It is shown through experimental comparisons that the proposed constitutive model has the ability to capture the complex behavior of amorphous glassy polymers, including their failure. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray and optical spectroscopy of the massive young open cluster IC 1805
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594(A82), 19

Context. Very young open clusters are ideal places to study the X-ray properties of a homogeneous population of early-type stars. In this respect, the IC 1805 open cluster is very interesting as it hosts ... [more ▼]

Context. Very young open clusters are ideal places to study the X-ray properties of a homogeneous population of early-type stars. In this respect, the IC 1805 open cluster is very interesting as it hosts the O4 If+ star HD 15570 thought to be in an evolutionary stage intermediate between a normal O-star and a Wolf-Rayet star. Aims: Such a star could provide a test for theoretical models aiming at explaining the empirical scaling relation between the X-ray and bolometric luminosities of O-type stars. Methods: We have observed IC 1805 with XMM-Newton and further collected optical spectroscopy of some of the O-star members of the cluster. Results: The optical spectra allow us to revisit the orbital solutions of BD+60° 497 and HD 15558, and provide the first evidence of binarity for BD+60° 498. X-ray emission from colliding winds does not appear to play an important role among the O-stars of IC 1805. Notably, the X-ray fluxes do not vary significantly between archival X-ray observations and our XMM-Newton pointing. The very fast rotator BD+60° 513, and to a lesser extent the O4 If+ star HD 15570 appear somewhat underluminous. Whilst the underluminosity of HD 15570 is only marginally significant, its amplitude is found to be compatible with theoretical expectations based on its stellar and wind properties. A number of other X-ray sources are detected in the field, and the brightest objects, many of which are likely low-mass pre-main sequence stars, are analyzed in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailFacteurs d’ambiance dans l’industrie textile en République Démocratique du Congo: état de lieu
Panda Lukongo, Kitronza ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Pan African Medical Journal (The) (2016), 25(44),

Introduction: This case study aims to make an assessment of environmental health nuisances in textile industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional and analytical ... [more ▼]

Introduction: This case study aims to make an assessment of environmental health nuisances in textile industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional and analytical study. Out of 257 workers selected using systematic sampling, 229 workers were enrolled in the study. 223 workstations were subjected to measurements in order to determine the level of noise, lighting and heat. Data were collected from company documents, by means of a direct-question interview focusing on socio professional informations and through measurements. Descriptive analysis was used for sociodemographic and professional data and analytical approach was used for themeasurements. Results: In the company studied 88% of employees were workers. Weaving department included almost 68% of workers. The majority of employees worked as part of a three shift (85%). The study population was predominantly male (85%), aging (52%) over 40 years and educated (80%). In the company studied, only 12.1% of workstations met the noise standards and 18% of workstations met the lighting standards. 94% of workstations didn't meet the heat standards for heavy work. Conclusion: Our study highlighted the environmental health nuisances in textile industry, demonstrating the existence of significant gaps related to the prescribed standards for the measured nuisances. These results are a plea for the development of appropriate preventive measures. They should be confronted with other more detailed studies in this work environment. [less ▲]

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See detailActive network management for electrical distribution systems: problem formulation, benchmark, and approximate solution
Gemine, Quentin ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg

in Optimization and Engineering (2016)

With the increasing share of renewable and distributed generation in electrical distribution systems, active network management (ANM) becomes a valuable option for a distribution system operator to ... [more ▼]

With the increasing share of renewable and distributed generation in electrical distribution systems, active network management (ANM) becomes a valuable option for a distribution system operator to operate his system in a secure and cost-effective way without relying solely on network reinforcement. ANM strategies are short-term policies that control the power injected by generators and/or taken off by loads in order to avoid congestion or voltage issues. While simple ANM strategies consist in curtailing temporary excess generation, more advanced strategies rather attempt to move the consumption of loads to anticipated periods of high renewable generation. However, such advanced strategies imply that the system operator has to solve large-scale optimal sequential decision-making problems under uncertainty. The problems are sequential for several reasons. For example, decisions taken at a given moment constrain the future decisions that can be taken, and decisions should be communicated to the actors of the system sufficiently in advance to grant them enough time for implementation. Uncertainty must be explicitly accounted for because neither demand nor generation can be accurately forecasted. We first formulate the ANM problem, which in addition to be sequential and uncertain, has a nonlinear nature stemming from the power flow equations and a discrete nature arising from the activation of power modulation signals. This ANM problem is then cast as a stochastic mixed-integer nonlinear program, as well as second-order cone and linear counterparts, for which we provide quantitative results using state of the art solvers and perform a sensitivity analysis over the size of the system, the amount of available flexibility, and the number of scenarios considered in the deterministic equivalent of the stochastic program. To foster further research on this problem, we make available at http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~anm/ three test beds based on distribution networks of 5, 33, and 77 buses. These test beds contain a simulator of the distribution system, with stochastic models for the generation and consumption devices, and callbacks to implement and test various ANM strategies. [less ▲]

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