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See detailL'exercice des pouvoirs dans les A.S.B.L., A.I.S.B.L. et associations de fait
Gol, Déborah ULg

in Gol, Déborah (Ed.) Personnes morales sans but lucratif: questions choisies (2012, September)

La contribution s'attache à comparer le fonctionnement, sur le plan de l'exercice des pouvoirs de gestion et de représentation, des associations et associations internationales sans but lucratif et ... [more ▼]

La contribution s'attache à comparer le fonctionnement, sur le plan de l'exercice des pouvoirs de gestion et de représentation, des associations et associations internationales sans but lucratif et associations de fait. En particulier, l'accent est mis sur la place réservée à la liberté statutaire et les solutions applicables en cas de silence des statuts. [less ▲]

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See detailEnregistrement des données infirmières : exploitation des données et intégration dans le financement des soins infirmiers
THONON, Olivier ULg; LEROY, Stéphanie ULg; MACLOT, Eric ULg et al

in Actes de la 6ème conférence francophone en Gestion et Ingénierie des SystèmEs Hospitaliers - GISEH (2012, September)

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See detailAN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH OF THE E-NOSE TRAINING PHASE IN ODOUR IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Giuliani, Stefano; Zarra, T; Nicolas, Jacques ULg et al

in Del Rosso, Renato (Ed.) Chemical engineering transactions : NOSE2012 International Conference on Environmental Odour (2012, September)

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See detailCCL2 as a serum biomarker of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in dogs
Krafft, Emilie ULg; Roels, Elodie ULg; Heikkila, H.P. et al

in Proceedings of 22nd ECVIM Meeting - Masstricht, Netherlands (2012, September)

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See detailRepeatability and reproducibility of transcranial doppler ultrasonography in healthy beagle dogs
Gommeren, Kris ULg; de Laat, W. G. A.; Denies, S. et al

in Proceedings of 22nd ECVIM-CA Congress (2012, September)

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See detailFinite element computation of nonlinear normal modes of nonconservative systems
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the ISMA 2012 conference (2012, September)

Modal analysis, i.e., the computation of vibration modes of linear systems, is really quite sophisticated and advanced. Even though modal analysis served, and is still serving, the structural dynamics ... [more ▼]

Modal analysis, i.e., the computation of vibration modes of linear systems, is really quite sophisticated and advanced. Even though modal analysis served, and is still serving, the structural dynamics community for applications ranging from bridges to satellites, it is commonly accepted that nonlinearity is a frequent occurrence in engineering structures. Because modal analysis fails in the presence of nonlinear dynamical phenomena, the development of a practical nonlinear analog of modal analysis is the objective of this research. Progress in this direction has been made recently with the development of numerical techniques (harmonic balance, continuation of periodic solutions) for the computation of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs). Because these methods consider the conservative system, this study targets the computation of NNMs for nonconservative systems, i.e. defined as invariant manifolds in phase space. Specifically, a new finite element technique is proposed to solve the set of partial differential equations governing the manifold geometry. The algorithm is demonstrated using different two-degree-of-freedom systems. [less ▲]

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See detailDESIGN OF A SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE ENGINE USED IN A SOLAR POWER PLANT
Declaye, Sébastien ULg; Georges, Emeline ULg; Bauduin, Maxime ULg et al

in Proceedings of Heat Powered Cycles Conference 2012 (2012, September)

Under the economical and political pressure due to the depletion of fossil fuel and global warming potential, it is necessary to develop more sustainable techniques to provide electrical power. In this ... [more ▼]

Under the economical and political pressure due to the depletion of fossil fuel and global warming potential, it is necessary to develop more sustainable techniques to provide electrical power. In this context, medium and large scale Organic Rankine Cycle solar power plants appear to be a promising solution because of their good efficiency, robustness and acceptable economical probability. However, only a few ORC solar power plants are in operation today, but technical literature indicate that several demonstration projects are under development. The spreading out of that technology requires, among others, a good knowledge of control strategies of the entire plant comprising the field of parabolic trough collectors, the ORC engine and thermal storage systems. The present project aims at designing, building and testing a small scale ORC solar power plant (a few kWe) in order to define and optimize control strategies that could be applied to larger systems. The paper presents the design step of the solar power plant, and more specifically the ORC engine. This design is defined based on simulation models of the ORC engine and on the experience gained in the Thermodynamics laboratory in the field of testing small-scale ORC systems. The design accounts for technical limitations such as allowed operating ranges and technical maturity of components. The paper first presents the architecture of the envisioned solar plant. The choice of the different technologies of components is justified. Simulation models of components (scroll expander, plate and fin-and-tubes heat exchangers, etc.) and of the whole system are then presented. Based on those models, parametric studies are conducted in order to optimize the sizing and the operating conditions of the system and to select the most appropriate working fluid. Also, the relevance of using two expanders in series is discussed and the control of the ORC engine is investigated. Simulations indicate that ORC engine efficiency close to 12% can be reached for evaporating and condensing temperatures of 140°C and 35°C. [less ▲]

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See detailMORPHO-BIOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION OF TWO LOCAL CHICKEN BREEDS IN VIETNAM
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

in The Role of Poultry in Improving Human Welfare (2012, September)

In Vietnam, 84% of the 188 million chickens are indigenous. The following local breeds are recorded: Ri, Mia, Te, Tau Vang, Ac, Oke, H’mong, Tre, Choi, Phu Lu Te, To, Dan Khao, Ho, Dong Tao and Van Phu ... [more ▼]

In Vietnam, 84% of the 188 million chickens are indigenous. The following local breeds are recorded: Ri, Mia, Te, Tau Vang, Ac, Oke, H’mong, Tre, Choi, Phu Lu Te, To, Dan Khao, Ho, Dong Tao and Van Phu. Mia, Ho and Dong Tao are reported as endangered or critical, while the Van Phu breed could have been lost during the last years. The phenotypes of the Mia and Ri breeds are described as quite close. The objective of this study is to characterize phenotypically Ri and Mia chickens. The morpho-biometric characterization was conducted according to the recommendation of FAO (1981). A total of 227 adults Ri (174 females and 53 males) and 53 adults Mia (18 males and 35 females) were used for the study. The following colors were observed for Ri and Mia respectively: tan (43.17% and 37.73%), gold salmon (24.23% and 26.42%), wheat (15.42% and 26.42%), dark red (9.69% and 5.66%), silver salmon (3.52% and 3.77%) and copper black (3.96% and 0%). Comb was mostly simple (91.19% and 100%) and red (100% and 100%) for both breeds. The wattles were of the same color as the comb while the color of the legs was yellow. The weights of adult males (2433.89g) and females (1752.86g) of the Mia breed were significantly higher than those of Ri (2053.02g and 1459.22g for males and females respectively). The results show that the external aspect of both breeds is not very different while body weights in the Ri breed were found lower than in the Mia breed. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigation on a decentralized air handling terminal: procedure of aeraulic and thermal performance determination of the entire unit under several operating conditions
Gendebien, Samuel ULg; Prieels, Luc; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 6th European Thermal Sciences Conference (2012, September)

A new local ventilation device is actually developed in such a way to procure ventilation “on demand” in each room, with a maximal effectiveness. It consists in a wall or window frame mounted plane ... [more ▼]

A new local ventilation device is actually developed in such a way to procure ventilation “on demand” in each room, with a maximal effectiveness. It consists in a wall or window frame mounted plane-parallel box, containing two (injection and extraction) fans, an electronic control, and a heat recovery exchanger. The present paper describes the experimental investigations carried out on some single components and on the entire unit in order to characterize the aeraulic and thermal performance of the device. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary hyperparathyroidism confirmed by histology : sensitivity and predictors of 99mTc-Sestamibi/CT scan
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; BISOGNI, Carmen ULg; BETEA, Daniela ULg et al

in Abstract Book - 13th International Workshop on Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (2012, September)

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See detailMixtures of Bagged Markov Tree Ensembles
Schnitzler, François ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Cano Utrera, Andrès; Gómez-Olmedo, Manuel; Nielsen, Thomas (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th European Workshop on Probabilistic Graphical Models (2012, September)

Markov trees, a probabilistic graphical model for density estimation, can be expanded in the form of a weighted average of Markov Trees. Learning these mixtures or ensembles from observations can be ... [more ▼]

Markov trees, a probabilistic graphical model for density estimation, can be expanded in the form of a weighted average of Markov Trees. Learning these mixtures or ensembles from observations can be performed to reduce the bias or the variance of the estimated model. We propose a new combination of both, where the upper level seeks to reduce bias while the lower level seeks to reduce variance. This algorithm is evaluated empirically on datasets generated from a mixture of Markov trees and from other synthetic densities. [less ▲]

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See detailLes modèles globaux projettent-ils plus de blocages anticycloniques en Europe pour le futur ?
Belleflamme, Alexandre ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Bigot, Sylvain; Rome, Sandra (Eds.) XXVème colloque de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie - Les climats régionaux : observation et modélisation (2012, September)

The IPCC projects more frequent and longer heat waves and droughts during summer for future over Western Europe. These extreme events occur during anticyclonic blocking events. We use atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The IPCC projects more frequent and longer heat waves and droughts during summer for future over Western Europe. These extreme events occur during anticyclonic blocking events. We use atmospheric circulation type classifications to determine if the models project an increase of the number and the persistence of these anticyclonic blockings. For recent climate, the number of blocking events depends on the ability of the models to reproduce the observed general circulation. The future projections do not show any systematic evolution of the number of anticyclonic blockings over Western Europe. Nevertheless, other changes like an increase of the temperature will lead to more frequent heat waves and droughts. [less ▲]

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See detailÉVOLUTION DU COMPORTEMENT DU VENT ET DE SON POTENTIEL POUR LA PRODUCTION D'ÉNERGIE ÉOLIENNE DURANT LES 30 DERNIÈRES ANNÉES : LE CAS DE LA BELGIQUE
Doutreloup, Sébastien ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Bigot, Sylvain; Rome, Sandra (Eds.) Les climats régionaux : observation et modélisation. (Actes du colloque organisé à Grenoble du mercredi 5 au samedi 8 septembre 2012) (2012, September)

Chaque année, le nombre d'éoliennes dans le monde augmente de façon significative suite notamment aux politiques encourageant les productions d'énergie verte afin d’atténuer le réchauffement climatique ... [more ▼]

Chaque année, le nombre d'éoliennes dans le monde augmente de façon significative suite notamment aux politiques encourageant les productions d'énergie verte afin d’atténuer le réchauffement climatique. Toutefois, ce type d'énergie est tributaire de la météo. Cela implique que la production d'énergie éolienne est irrégulière à courte échelle de temps. Cependant, la disponibilité d’électricité de courtes périodes de temps est très importante à connaitre pour les producteurs d'énergie ainsi que pour les gestionnaires de réseaux. Pour ces raisons, il nous parait primordial d’analyser l’évolution de l’intermittence de la vitesse du vent sur les 30 dernières années (1979-2009). Pour ce faire nous utilisons le modèle WRF forcé par les réanalyses ERA-Interim, les réanalyses NCEP2 et certains modèles du GIEC (base de données CMIP5). [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical inverse analysis and stochastic modelling of transition
Serino, Gennaro ULg; Marxen, Olaf; Pinna, Fabio et al

in CTR - Proceedings of the 2012 Summer Programm (2012, September)

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See detailInfluence of selected parameters on the flotation of Cu-Mo ore from Ellatzite deposit in Bulgaria
Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Bouchat, Harold ULg; Dedelyanova, K et al

in Proceedings of the XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress (2012, September)

Laboratory batch tests having preliminary and orientation character aiming at improvement of the molybdenum flotation at Ellatzite copper processing plant in Bulgaria have been conducted. The following ... [more ▼]

Laboratory batch tests having preliminary and orientation character aiming at improvement of the molybdenum flotation at Ellatzite copper processing plant in Bulgaria have been conducted. The following technological parameters have been screened to study their influence on the grade and recovery of copper and molybdenum during the rougher flotation stage: flotation pulp density, pH, addition of secondary collector and replacement of MIBC by pine oil as a frother. The results have shown that slightly better grade/recovery figures could be obtained for both copper and molybdenum at lower flotation pulp densities. The addition of kerosene has improved the recovery of molybdenum however on the expense of that of copper. The effects from pH variation and the replacement of MIBC by pine oil as a frother have been almost negligible. [less ▲]

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See detailSemiquantitative bedside evaluation of the microcirculation via sidestream dark field imaging in dogs
Allerton, Fergus ULg; Gommeren, Kris ULg; Reynaud, Arthur et al

in Proceedings of the 22nd ECVIM-CA Congress (2012, September)

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See detailStructural model of the mitral valve included in a cardiovascular closed loop model. Static and dynamic validation
Paeme, Sabine ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

in proceedings of 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems, Budapest 29-31 août 2012 (2012, August 31)

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See detailItem familiarity and controlled associative retrieval in Alzheimer’s disease: an fMRI study.
Genon, Sarah ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Feyers, Dorothée ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Amsterdam Memory Slam 2012 (2012, August 30)

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterised by altered recollection function, with impaired controlled retrieval of associations. In contrast, familiarity-based memory for individual items may sometimes be ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterised by altered recollection function, with impaired controlled retrieval of associations. In contrast, familiarity-based memory for individual items may sometimes be preserved in early stages of the disease. This is the first study that directly examines whole brain regional activity engaged during one core aspect of the recollection function: associative controlled episodic retrieval (CER), contrasted to item familiarity in AD patients. Cerebral activity related to associative CER and item familiarity in AD patients and healthy controls (HC) was measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging during a word-pair recognition task to which the process dissociation procedure was applied. Some patients had null CER estimates (AD-), whereas others did show some CER abilities (AD+) although significantly less than HC. In contrast, familiarity estimates were equivalent in the three groups. In AD+ like in controls, associative CER activated the inferior precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex (PCC). However, during associative CER, functional connection between this region and the hippocampus, the inferior parietal and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was significantly higher in HC than in AD+. In the three groups, item familiarity was related to activation along the intraparietal sulcus (IPS). In conclusion, whereas the preserved automatic detection of an old item (without retrieval of accurate word association) is related to a parietal activation centred on the IPS, the inferior precuneus/PCC supports associative CER ability in AD patients as in HC. However, AD patients have deficient functional connectivity during associative CER suggesting that residual recollection function in these patients might be impoverished by lack of some recollection-related aspects such as autonoetic quality, episodic details and verification. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic Cargo Load Planning: Special shipments
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

in ILS 2012 Proceedings (2012, August 28)

The aircraft loading problem is a real-world combinatorial optimisation problem highly constrained. Indeed, loading the aircraft so the gross weight is less than the maximum allowable is not enough. This ... [more ▼]

The aircraft loading problem is a real-world combinatorial optimisation problem highly constrained. Indeed, loading the aircraft so the gross weight is less than the maximum allowable is not enough. This weight must be distributed to keep the centre of gravity within specified limits. Moreover, an aircraft has usually several cargo compartments with specific contours and structural limitations such as floor loading, combined load limits and cumulative load limitations. Finally, some shipments are particularly restrictive to transport, like dangerous goods, live animals and perishable goods. This paper is concerned with the incorporation of these latter constraints in a mixed integer linear program for the problem of loading a set of Unit Loading Devices and bulk into an aircraft. Experimental results show that our method achieves optimal solutions within only few seconds. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of joints with clearance and friction in multibody dynamic simulation of automotive differentials
Virlez, Geoffrey ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Tromme, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 6th Asian Conference on Multibody Dynamics (2012, August 27)

Defects in kinematic joints can sometimes highly influence the simulation response of the whole multibody system within which these joints are included. For instance, the clearance, the friction, the ... [more ▼]

Defects in kinematic joints can sometimes highly influence the simulation response of the whole multibody system within which these joints are included. For instance, the clearance, the friction, the lubrication and the flexibility affect the transient behaviour, reduce the component life and produce noise and vibration for classical joints such as prismatic, cylindric or universal joint. In this work, a new 3D cylindrical joint model which accounts for the clearance, the misalignment and the friction is presented. This formulation has been used to represent the link between the planet gears and the planet carrier in an automotive differential model. [less ▲]

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See detailNetwork design model for intermodal transport: the case of the hinterland of the Port of Cotonou
Lihoussou, Messan ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in ILS 2012 Proceeding (2012, August 27)

Since 2006, the Millennium Challenge Account program subsidizes a project to improve the performance of the Port of Cotonou, through modernization of infrastructure and management systems, and ... [more ▼]

Since 2006, the Millennium Challenge Account program subsidizes a project to improve the performance of the Port of Cotonou, through modernization of infrastructure and management systems, and strengthening institutional reforms. But the project mainly concerns the port, not the development of its hinterland. However, no port can develop without its links with its hinterland. That’s why we analyse the issues relating to the hinterland transport network. Both rail and road transportation networks will be examined. We also investigate inland terminals in order to build up intermodal transportation which is almost non-operational. Thus, the objective of this paper is to determine the optimal number and locations of the terminals so that the total costs of the distribution network are minimized. [less ▲]

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See detailThree dimensional Bin Packing Problem applied to air cargo
Paquay, Célia ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in ILS 2012 Proceedings (2012, August 26)

Deciding whether a set of three dimensional boxes can be packed into a container is a NP-hard problem. Mathematical models have been developed, however, only few studies take into account constraints ... [more ▼]

Deciding whether a set of three dimensional boxes can be packed into a container is a NP-hard problem. Mathematical models have been developed, however, only few studies take into account constraints encountered in real-world applications such as the stability or the fragility of the cargo. Moreover, despite the importance of this issue in air transport, the literature is almost silent on constraints related to the distribution of the weight inside a container. This paper is concerned with the formulation of the three dimensional palletization which includes the main constraints met in the air cargo industry. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Database of Egyptian Building Envelopes (DEBE): A database for building energy simulations
Attia, Shady ULg; Wanas, O.

in Proceedings of SimBuild 2012 (2012, August 01)

This paper is a part of an ongoing research that aims to describe the influence of building constructions on energy consumption through a survey that is conducted in Cairo and its surrounding residential ... [more ▼]

This paper is a part of an ongoing research that aims to describe the influence of building constructions on energy consumption through a survey that is conducted in Cairo and its surrounding residential neighbourhoods. An inventory of the selected neighbourhoods envelope constructions and their characteristics is described in accordance with the new Egyptian energy standard for residential buildings. After thorough screening and classification, the constructions are digitalized and uploaded in an online open source database where constructions properties are listed, made available in .idf and .ddb formats (EnergyPlus and DesignBuilder respectively) and illustrated graphically. This Database of Egyptian Building Envelopes (DEBE) facilitates the input modelling of constructions and enables users to explore standard complying alternative constructions. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-infrared predictions of fatty acids in bovine milk : final results of the RobustMilk project
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; McParland, Sinead; Berry, Donagh et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

The development of mid-infrared equations to predict the milk fatty acid (FA) content of milk allows prompt analysis of large numbers of samples and was one of the aims of the RobustMilk project. Data on ... [more ▼]

The development of mid-infrared equations to predict the milk fatty acid (FA) content of milk allows prompt analysis of large numbers of samples and was one of the aims of the RobustMilk project. Data on MIR spectra and FA from multiple countries, production systems, and breeds were used to develop equations to predict milk FA. The calibration set contained 1,776 spectrally different English, Irish, and Belgian milk samples collected for over 6 years. FA were quantified by gas chromatography (GC). Equations were built using partial least squares regression after a first derivative pretreatment applied to the spectral data. The robustness of the developed equations was assessed by cross-validation (CV) using 50 groups from the calibration set. The coefficient of determination (R²) obtained after CV ranged between 0.7101 for the total content of C18:2 and 0.9993 for the saturated FA group. The standard error of CV ranged between 0.0028 and 0.0998 g/dl of milk. Generally, the group or individual FA having the highest content in milk had the highest R²cv. The results obtained in this study confirmed the usefulness of MIR spectra to robustly quantify the FA content of milk permitting the use of these equations by milk laboratories in UK, Belgium or Ireland. Therefore, these equations could be used to develop selection or management tools for dairy farmers in order to improve the nutritional and environmental quality of milk based on the knowledge of the FA composition of their milk. [less ▲]

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See detailMobiles yes, migrants non ? Young Moroccans on the move
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

in Exploration De La Mobilité Autour De La Méditerranée (2012, August)

Les récits ethnographiques et les réflexions que je vais présenter dans cet article sont issus d’une recherche menée dans les villes marocaines de Khouribga et de Rabat entre 2007 et 2008. L’étude ... [more ▼]

Les récits ethnographiques et les réflexions que je vais présenter dans cet article sont issus d’une recherche menée dans les villes marocaines de Khouribga et de Rabat entre 2007 et 2008. L’étude concerne la mobilité d’un groupe de jeunes « khouribgii » inscrits dans des projets migratoires vers l’Italie ainsi que les actions et les discours de certains organismes humanitaires (internationaux et locaux) s’occupant de thématiques liées à la migration. L’utilisation d’une distinction terminologique adoptée ici entre mobilité d’une part et migration d’autre part, a été choisi pour représenter une différenciation opérée entre l’expérience faite de la mobilité par ces jeunes à travers leur préparation à la migration, et le blâme et l’entrave à l’action de migrer opérée dans les discours et par les actions des ONG. D’un côté nous avons donc une mobilité qui s’exerce dans l’imaginaire de ces jeunes, tout comme dans des pratiques concrètes mises en place pour réaliser le projet migratoire (qui comportent l’apprentissage d’instruments utiles à l’affronter, tels que la langue italienne ou la capacité de mouvement à travers l’appareil législatif international et national qui régisse la migration) ; une mobilité qui s’exerce également dans la participation aux réseaux migratoires familiaux ; et de l’autre côté, une migration dissuadée par les programmes humanitaires ou sociaux. Ces derniers consentent une mobilité qui puisse s’accomplir dans un rapprochement « virtuel » au pays de destination, à travers notamment des cours de « culture italienne », mais en détournant la définition des parcours migratoires personnels et en les insérant dans la rhétorique de la « migration intelligente », c’est-à-dire en demandant que, s’ils arrivent à être réalisés, ils soient utiles au « développement » de la communauté locale d’origine. A travers l’analyse de ces aspects, cet article vise donc à démontrer la réalité des déplacements des jeunes interviewés, malgré leur permanence sur le territoire marocain, la concrétisation de leur aspiration de migration dans l’expérience de la mobilité, en remettant donc en cause la frontière entre les deux concepts définis ci-dessus. [less ▲]

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See detailInsulin Kinetics during Hyper-Insulinemia Euglycemia Therapy (HIET)
Penning, Sophie ULg; MASSION, Paul ULg; Le Compte, Aaron J. et al

in Proceedings of the 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

Hyper-insulinemia euglycemia therapy (HIET) is a supra-physiological insulin dosing protocol used in acute cardiac failure to reduce dependency on inotropes to augment or generate cardiac output, and is ... [more ▼]

Hyper-insulinemia euglycemia therapy (HIET) is a supra-physiological insulin dosing protocol used in acute cardiac failure to reduce dependency on inotropes to augment or generate cardiac output, and is based on the inotropic effects of insulin at high doses up to 45-250x normal daily dose. Such high insulin doses are managed using intravenous glucose infusion to control glycemia and prevent hypoglycemia. However, both insulin dosing and glycemic control in these patients is managed ad-hoc. This research examines a selection of clinical data to determine the effect of high insulin dosing on renal clearance and insulin sensitivity, to assess the feasibility of using model-based methods to control and guide these protocols. The results show that the model and, in particular, the modeled renal clearance constant are adequate and capture measured data well, although not perfectly. Equally, insulin sensitivity over time is similar to broader critical care cohorts in level and variability, and these results are the first time they have been presented for this cohort. While more data is needed to confirm and further specify these results, it is clear that the model used is adequate for controlling HIET in a model-based framework. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and Identification of a Closed-Loop Model of the Cardiovascular System Including the Atria
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Revie, James A.; Paeme, Sabine ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

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See detailGenetics and genomics of energy balance measured in milk using mid-infrared spectroscopy
McParland, Sinead; Calus, Mario; Coffey, Mike et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

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See detailNonlinear Dynamics Of A Drill Bit Under Percussive Activation
Depouhon, Alexandre ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel

in Proceedings of ICTAM 2012, Beijing (2012, August)

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See detailInvestigations on a Level Set based approach for the optimization of flexible components in multibody systems with a fixed mesh grid
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Van Miegroet, Laurent ULg et al

in Proceedings of The 6th Asian Conference on Multibody Dynamics: Shanghai (China), 26-30 aout 2012 (2012, August)

This paper considers the optimization of flexible components in mechanical systems thanks to a "fully integrated" optimization method which includes a flexible multibody system simulation based on ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the optimization of flexible components in mechanical systems thanks to a "fully integrated" optimization method which includes a flexible multibody system simulation based on nonlinear finite elements. This approach permits to better capture the effects of dynamic loading under service conditions. This process is challenging because most state-of-the-art studies in structural optimization have been conducted under (quasi-)static loading conditions or vibration design criteria and also because this ``fully integrated" optimization method is not a simple extension of static optimization techniques. The present paper proposes an approach based on a Level Set description of the geometry. This method leads to an intermediate level between shape and topology optimizations. Gradient-based optimization methods are adopted for their convergence speed. Numerical applications are conducted on the optimization of a connecting rod of a reciprocating engine with cyclic dynamic loading to show the feasibility and the promising results of this approach. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and Pilot Trial Results of Stochastic Targeted (STAR) Glycemic Control in a Medical ICU
Fisk, Liam M.; Le Compte, Aaron J.; Shaw, Geoffrey M. et al

in Proceedings of the 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

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See detailThe landscape charter issue in Walloon nature parks: an opportunity to revisit notions of landscape conformity and visual integrity
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Van Der Vaart, Jacob; Palang, Hannes (Eds.) Reflection on Landscape Change: The European Perspective (2012, August)

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See detailULTIMATE STRENGTH ANALYSIS OF STEEL PLATES USING ISO/DIS 1872-2 AND ULSAP
Nguyen, Tien dung; Rigo, Philippe ULg; Bayatfar, Abbas ULg

in Nguyen Thien Tong (Ed.) International Conference on Advances in Computational Mechanics (2012, August)

Ultimate limit states (or ultimate strength) have been assessed that is the much better basis than the allowable working stresses. Today, we design and strength assessment the structural types such as ... [more ▼]

Ultimate limit states (or ultimate strength) have been assessed that is the much better basis than the allowable working stresses. Today, we design and strength assessment the structural types such as aerospace structures, offshore platforms, ships and land-based structures following the ISO STANDARD. Aim of this paper is to perform benchmark calculation in order to validating formulas of ISO Standard [1]. An effective approach for plate, using the ISO/DIS 1872-2 standard [1] and ULSAP (Mestro software) [2], are calculated in the current research for studying the ultimate strength problems of plates with six load cases: longitudinal compression, transverse compression, biaxial compression with/without lateral pressure. The trends of ISO Standard results in some cases agree well to the Maestro results. Other cases are not similar. The values of ISO results were found smaller than Maestro results. For this reason, the ISO results are not more conservative than ULSAP results. [less ▲]

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See detailComparator selection for RPC with many labels
Hiard, Samuel ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in ECAI 2012 : 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence : 27-31 August 2012, Montpellier, France (2012, August)

The Ranking by Pairwise Comparison algorithm (RPC) is a well established label ranking method. However, its complexity is of O(N²) in the number N of labels. We present algorithms for selection, before ... [more ▼]

The Ranking by Pairwise Comparison algorithm (RPC) is a well established label ranking method. However, its complexity is of O(N²) in the number N of labels. We present algorithms for selection, before model construction, a subset of comparators of size O(N), to reduce the computational complexity without loss in accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian Rural Ordinary Landscapes Seen By Belgians
Vanderheyden, Vincent ULg; Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Van Der Vaart, Jacob; Palang, Hannes (Eds.) Reflection on Landscape Change: The European Perspective (2012, August)

The paper questions the diversity of perceiving Belgian landscapes. It investigates whether hypotheses deducted from a broad national survey could be further clarified and validated by means of ... [more ▼]

The paper questions the diversity of perceiving Belgian landscapes. It investigates whether hypotheses deducted from a broad national survey could be further clarified and validated by means of qualitative research. The research also lays the foundations of a new typology of Belgian ordinary landscapes. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of the mineral contents in bovine milk predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric; Romnée, Jean-Michel et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

Knowing the contents of minerals in milk like Ca or Na could be interesting to improve the nutritional quality of milk and to assess the animal health status. This study had two aims: 1) development of ... [more ▼]

Knowing the contents of minerals in milk like Ca or Na could be interesting to improve the nutritional quality of milk and to assess the animal health status. This study had two aims: 1) development of mid-infrared equations for mineral contents in milk by using an approach combining multiple countries, breeds, and production systems and 2) study of the genetic variability of these traits in the Walloon Holstein dairy cattle. Samples included in the calibration set were collected in Belgium, Luxembourg and France over 5 years. The calibration set included at least 400 samples analyzed by coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry to quantify the contents of Na, Ca, Mg, P and K. The calibration coefficient of determination ranged between 0.69 for K and 0.93 for Na. The standard error of cross-validation was 63.35, 49.24, 64.33, 7.04, and 93.22 mg/kg of milk for Na, Ca, P, Mg and K. From these results, the quantification of milk minerals by mid-infrared is feasible. These equations were applied to more than 140,000 spectral records collected from 43,797 first parity Holstein cows in 1,233 herds. The variance components were estimated using Gibbs Sampling using single trait random regression models derived from the one used for the Walloon genetic evaluation of milk production traits. First results gave a daily heritability of 0.26 for Na, 0.45 for Ca, 0.48 for P, 0.46 for Mg, and 0.41 for K. Moderate negative genetic correlations were found between Na and the other studied traits. The highest correlation (0.69) was observed between P and Mg. These results confirmed the genetic variability of these traits. Further studies will be conducted to study the relationship between these traits and other traits (e.g., production, health). [less ▲]

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See detailAutonomous electrical activity induced by cardiac tissue deformation in a thermo-electro-mechanical background
Collet, Arnaud ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg

in 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

In a healthy heart, the mechano-electric feedback (MEF) process acts as an intrinsic regulatory mechanism of the myocardium which allows the normal cardiac contraction by damping mechanical perturbations ... [more ▼]

In a healthy heart, the mechano-electric feedback (MEF) process acts as an intrinsic regulatory mechanism of the myocardium which allows the normal cardiac contraction by damping mechanical perturbations in order to generate a new healthy electromechanical situation. However, under certain conditions, the MEF can be a generator of dramatic arrhythmias by inducing local electrical depolarizations as a result of abnormal cardiac tissue deformations, via stretch-activated channels (SACs). Then, these perturbations can propagate in the whole heart and lead to global cardiac dysfunctions. In the present study, we examine the spatio-temporal behavior of the autonomous electrical activity induced by the MEF when the heart is subject to temperature variations. For instance, such a situation can occur during a therapeutic hypothermia. This technique is usually used to prevent neuronal injuries after a cardiac resuscitation. From this perspective, we introduce a one-dimensional time-dependent model containing all the key ingredients that allow accounting for excitation-contraction coupling, MEF and thermoelectric coupling. Our simulations show that an autonomous electrical activity can be induced by cardiac deformations, but only inside a certain temperature interval. In addition, in some cases, the autonomous electrical activity takes place in a periodic way like a pacemaker. We also highlight that some properties of the action potentials that are generated by the MEF, are significantly influenced by temperature. Moreover, in the situation where a pacemaker activity occurs, we also show that the period is heavily temperature-dependent. [less ▲]

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See detailFeedback from reservoir sedimentation on the flow pattern in rectangular basins
Camnasio, Erica; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Orsi, Enrico et al

in 6th International Conference on Scour and Erosion (ICSE) (2012, August)

Despite simple geometries, flow in shallow rectangular reservoirs show complex recirculation patterns, which strongly influence the sediment deposits and, in practice, affect the operation and maintenance ... [more ▼]

Despite simple geometries, flow in shallow rectangular reservoirs show complex recirculation patterns, which strongly influence the sediment deposits and, in practice, affect the operation and maintenance costs of such facilities. Based on composite modelling, this research characterizes flow and sedimentation patterns in geometric conditions which have not been investigated so far. Velocity fields developing in rectangular shallow reservoirs (h = 0.2 m) with different asymmetric locations of the inlet and the outlet channels were experimentally investigated. Tests were performed in a reservoir geometry (4.5 m x 4 m) characterized by a stable symmetric flow pattern in the basic symmetric configuration, at constant hydraulic conditions; the aim was to evaluate exclusively the effect of channels displacing on the flow patterns and on the sedimentation of suspended solids. Horizontal velocity components were measured by ultrasound velocity profilers in the entire reservoir and maps of velocity vectors were obtained. Velocity measurements were performed both with clear water and with an inflowing suspended load. At the end of the experiments sediments deposits thickness on the entire reservoir bottom was measured by a laser light method, and maps of sediments deposits thickness were produced. Reservoir trapping efficiency was evaluated, but no significant influence of inlet and outlet channels location on trapping efficiency was observed. Numerical simulations were performed with the depth-averaged model WOLF 2D, in order to assess the ability of the model to reproduce the different types of flow patterns found in the experiments. In particular, a sensitivity analysis on bottom roughness as well as on the turbulence closure model and parameter was performed, in order to analyze a possible feedback effect of sediment deposits and/or suspended load on the type of flow pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-infrared prediction of milk titratable acidity and its genetic variability in first-parity cows
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanden Bossche, sandrine ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

Coagulation of milkhas a direct effect on cheese yield. Among several parameters, titratable acidity of milk (TA) influences all the phases of milk coagulation. In order to study the genetic variability ... [more ▼]

Coagulation of milkhas a direct effect on cheese yield. Among several parameters, titratable acidity of milk (TA) influences all the phases of milk coagulation. In order to study the genetic variability of this trait on a large scale, mid-infrared (MIR) chemometric methods were used to predict TA. A total of 507 milk samples collected in the Walloon Region of Belgium from individual cows were analyzed using a MIR spectrometer. TA was recorded as Dornic degree. An equation to predict TA from milk MIR spectrum was developed using partial least squared regression after a first derivative pre-treatment applied to the spectra to correct the baseline drift. During the calibration process, 45 outliers were detected and removed from the calibration set. The TA mean of the final calibration set was 16.62 (standard deviation (SD) = 1.80). The coefficient of determination (R²) was 0.82 for the calibration with a standard error (SE) of 0.76. A cross-validation (cv) was performed (R²cv = 0.81 with SEcv = 0.80). This equation was then applied on the spectral database generated during the Walloon routine milk recording. The variances components were estimated by REML using single-trait random regression animal test-day model. The dataset used included 33,717 records from 9,191 Holstein first-parity cows; the TA mean was 17.05 (SD = 1.35) and TA ranged from 12.83 to 20.87. Estimated daily heritabilities ranged from 0.43 at 5th day in milk to 0.59 at 215th day in milk indicating potential of selection. Further research will study phenotypic and genetic correlations between TA and milk production traits. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of sensor and measurement timing errors on model-based insulin sensitivity
Pretty, Christopher ULg; Le Compte, Aaron J.; Shaw, Geoffrey M. et al

in Proceedings of the 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

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See detailEstimation of Myostatin gene effects on production traits and fatty acid contents in bovine milk
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Colinet, Frédéric ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

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See detailInterstitial kinetic parameters for a 2-compartment insulin model with saturable clearance
Pretty, Christopher ULg; Le Compte, Aaron J.; Shaw, Geoffrey M. et al

in Proceedings of the 8th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (2012, August)

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See detailDifferences in bovine milk fat composition among dairy breeds in The Netherlands
Maurice-Van Eijndhoven, Myrthe; Bovenhuis, Henk; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2012, August)

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See detailGenetic parameters for methane indicator traits based on milk fatty acids in cows
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012, July 18)

Dairy production is pointed out for its large methane emission. Therefore, currently studies of factors affecting emission and methods to abate methane emission are numerous. However, an important issue ... [more ▼]

Dairy production is pointed out for its large methane emission. Therefore, currently studies of factors affecting emission and methods to abate methane emission are numerous. However, an important issue is the development of easily obtainable indicators, because they would also allow estimating animal genetic variability of methane emission. Recently methane indicators were proposed using gas chromatrography based milk fatty acid composition. We derived these published methane indicators using 1100 calibration samples directly from mid-infrared (MIR).For the published indicator showing the highest relationship (R2 = 0.88) with Sulfur Hexafluoride 6 methane emission data, genetic parameters for this MIR based indicator were estimated by single trait random regression test-day models from 619,272 records collected from 2007 to 2011 on 71,188 Holstein cows in their first three lactations at Walloon region of Belgium. The average daily heritability was 0.35±0.01, 0.35±0.02 and 0.32±0.02 for the first three lactations, respectively. Similarly, the lactation heritability was 0.67±0.02, 0.72±0.03 and 0.62±0.03. As expected, methane production was higher during the peak milk production depicting the normal lactation curve. The largest differences between estimated breeding values (EBV) of sires having cows in production eructing the highest and the lowest methane content was 21.80, 22.75 and 24.89 kg per lactation for the first three parities, the variances of the EBV of the sires with daughters were 10.67, 12.46, 12.18 kg2. Results were similar for other indicators. This study suggested that methane indicator traits can be predicted by MIR. Genetic parameters also indicated a rather high heritability and genetic variability exist for these published indicators and consequently a potential high genetic variability of methane eructation by dairy cows. Therefore, these first finding might open new opportunities for animal selection programs that include the reduction of methane emission. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal Sensitivity Analysis applied to Total Energy Use in Buildings
Ruiz Flores, Roberto ULg; Bertagnolio, Stéphane ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 2nd International High Performance Buildings Conference (2012, July 16)

The work presented in this paper has been carried out in the frame of the IEA-ECBCS Annex 53 project: “Total Energy Use in Buildings: Analysis and evaluation methods”. The aim of this work is to present a ... [more ▼]

The work presented in this paper has been carried out in the frame of the IEA-ECBCS Annex 53 project: “Total Energy Use in Buildings: Analysis and evaluation methods”. The aim of this work is to present a methodology to identify the most influential parameters affecting the final energy consumption in office buildings. In order to represent buildings and HVAC systems, a representative typology was defined, modeled and simulated and subsequently a global sensitivity analysis (variance-based method) was performed. This paper provides useful information to future works related to design building decisions, building calibration, energy management strategy, etc. helping to detect and rank those factors which need to be better measured and/or estimated, in order to improve building energy efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolated chlamydia trachomatis infection and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in adolescence
To, Hong ULg

in The 2012 Conference of Asia Oceania Research Organisation on Genital Infection and Neoplasia, Hongkong 13-15 July 2012 (2012, July 15)

Many authors suggest an association between CT infection and dysplasia or neoplastic cervical atypia, but evidence of an isolated Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection increasing the risk of developing ... [more ▼]

Many authors suggest an association between CT infection and dysplasia or neoplastic cervical atypia, but evidence of an isolated Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection increasing the risk of developing cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) remains unproven. We present a case of isolated CT infection in an adolescent 17 year old girl who was referred to our hospital with high grade cervical squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) on her Pap smear. CT was detected in both the rapid test of the endocervix specimen and PCR testing of urine, but human papilloma virus (HPV) infection (Qualitative HPV PCR test) was not present. CIN3 was confirmed on biopsy of the thick acetowhite and mosaic zone at colposcopy. Isolated CT infection is a potential factor in the development of CIN in adolescence. [less ▲]

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See detailFriction Stir Processing of Magnesium Matrix Composites reinforced with Carbon Fibres: Influence of the Matrix Characteristics and of the Processing Parameters on Microstructural Developments
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg et al

in W.J.Poole, K.U.Kainer (Ed.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference On Magnesium Alloys and their Apllications (2012, July 12)

Processing of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with C fibres by ‘liquid state’ methods such as squeeze casting are usually impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by liquid Mg. As a ... [more ▼]

Processing of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with C fibres by ‘liquid state’ methods such as squeeze casting are usually impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by liquid Mg. As a consequence, ‘solid state’ processes such as Friction Stir Processing (FSP) appear as very promising alternative processing routes for the production of C-Mg composites. And, more particularly, FSP of a C fabric between two sheets of the fairly ductile Mg alloy AZ31B was shown to be a simple and innovative process for a large-scale production of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with short C fibres. In the present work, FSP of a C fabric between two metal sheets or thin plates has been performed using two different Mg alloys exhibiting quite different mechanical behaviours, i.e. alloy AZ31B and the more brittle alloy AZ91D. And the effect of the matrix characteristics, along with the influence of the FSP experimental parameters such as the rotational and advancing speeds, on the microstructural changes occuring upon processing have been carefully studied. A particular attention has been given to the fragmentation and distribution of the C fibres, as well as to the recrystallisation, solutionising and precipitation processes taking place in the Mg matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification, photo-z and environment of X-ray selected sources in the XMM-LSS field
Melnyk, Olga ULg; Plionis, M; Elyiv, Andrii ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XXL Consortium meeting in the Castle of the Meudon observatory, from 9 to 13 July, 2012 (2012, July 09)

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See detailTheoretical incidence of gravitational lensing effects (AGN) in the XXL field
Finet, François ULg; Elyiv, Andrii ULg; Melnyk, Olga ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XXL Consortium meeting in the Castle of the Meudon observatory, from 9 to 13 July, 2012 (2012, July 09)

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See detailVisual and automatic search for lens candidates in the XMM-LSS and XXL fields
Elyiv, Andrii ULg; Melnyk, Olga ULg; Finet, François ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XXL Consortium meeting in the Castle of the Meudon observatory, from 9 to 13 July, 2012 (2012, July 09)

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See detailA diamond AGPM coronagraph for VISIR
Delacroix, Christian ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Mawet, Dimitri et al

in Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV (2012, July 05)

In recent years, phase mask coronagraphy has become increasingly efficient in imaging the close environment of stars, enabling the search for exoplanets and circumstellar disks. Coronagraphs are ideally ... [more ▼]

In recent years, phase mask coronagraphy has become increasingly efficient in imaging the close environment of stars, enabling the search for exoplanets and circumstellar disks. Coronagraphs are ideally suited instruments, characterized by high dynamic range imaging capabilities, while preserving a small inner working angle. The AGPM (Annular Groove Phase Mask, Mawet et al. 20051) consists of a vector vortex induced by a rotationally symmetric subwavelength grating. This technique constitutes an almost unique solution to the achromatization at longer wavelengths (mid-infrared). For this reason, we have specially conceived a mid-infrared AGPM coronagraph for the forthcoming upgrade of VISIR, the mid-IR imager and spectrograph on the VLT at ESO (Paranal), in collaboration with members of the VISIR consortium. The implementation phase of the VISIR Upgrade Project is foreseen for May-August 2012, and the AGPM installed will cover the 11-13.2 μm spectral range. In this paper, we present the entire fabrication process of our AGPM imprinted on a diamond substrate. Diamond is an ideal material for mid-infrared wavelengths owing to its high transparency, small dispersion, extremely low thermal expansion and outstanding mechanical and chemical properties. The design process has been performed with an algorithm based on the rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA), and the micro-fabrication has been carried out using nano-imprint lithography and reactive ion etching. A precise grating profile metrology has also been conducted using cleaving techniques. Finally, we show the deposit of fiducials (i.e. centering marks) with Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP). We conclude with the ultimate coronagraph expected performances. [less ▲]

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See detailAn optimum PML for scattering problems in the time domain
Modave, Axel ULg; Delhez, Eric ULg; Kameni, Abelin et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC 2012) (2012, July 05)

The Perfectly Matched Layer (PML) is widely used for unbounded problems. However its performances depend critically on an absorption coefficient. This coefficient is generally tuned by using case ... [more ▼]

The Perfectly Matched Layer (PML) is widely used for unbounded problems. However its performances depend critically on an absorption coefficient. This coefficient is generally tuned by using case-dependent optimization procedures. In this paper we will present some efficient profiles of the coefficient that overcome every tuning. These profiles and others will be compared by using a scattering benchmark solved with the Discontinuous Galerkin method. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of porous carbon xerogels and ordered mesoporous carbons for anode materials in Li-based batteries
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Job, Nathalie ULg

in Fagadar-Cosma, Eugenia (Ed.) Insights into novel solid materials, their recyclability and integration into Li polymer batteries for EVs. Future research directions in this field.:Book of abstracts (2012, July 04)

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See detailTrace minerals deficiency diagnosis in ruminants
Guyot, Hugues ULg

in Klinkon, Martina; Jezek, Jozica; Staric, Joze (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the International Society for Animal Clinical Pathology & 14th Conference of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2012, July 04)

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See detailPIANC - An opportunity for Intenational contacts and Experience Exchanges
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Hydrailischer Entwurf und Betrieb von Bauwerken (2012, July 04)

The paper introduces PIANC activities and explain how PIANC is an opportunity for international conytacts and experience exchanges

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See detailDecoding spontaneous brain activity from fMRI using Gaussian Processes: tracking brain reactivation
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; Kussé, Caroline ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg et al

in 2012 Second International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in NeuroImaging (PRNI 2012): proceedings (2012, July 03)

While Multi-Variate Pattern Analysis techniques based on machine learning have now been regularly applied to neuroimaging data, decoding brain activity is usually performed in highly controlled ... [more ▼]

While Multi-Variate Pattern Analysis techniques based on machine learning have now been regularly applied to neuroimaging data, decoding brain activity is usually performed in highly controlled experimental paradigms. In more realistic conditions, the number, sequence and duration of mental states are unpredictably generated by the individual, resulting in complex and imbalanced fMRI data sets. Moreover, in the case of spontaneous brain activity, the mental states can not be linked to any external or internal stimulation, which makes it a highly difficult condition to decode. This study tests the classification of brain activity, acquired on 14 volunteers using fMRI, during mental imagery, a condition in which the number and duration of mental events were not externally imposed but self-generated. Application of the obtained model on rest sessions allowed classifying spontaneous brain activity linked to the task which, overall, correlated with their behavioural performance to the task. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Quasistatic Homogenization for Laminated Ferromagnetic Cores
Niyonzima, Innocent ULg; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC 2012) (2012, July 03)

In this paper, we investigate the modeling of ferromagnetic multiscale materials. We propose a computational homogenization method based on the heterogeneous multiscale method (HMM) with inclusion of a ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigate the modeling of ferromagnetic multiscale materials. We propose a computational homogenization method based on the heterogeneous multiscale method (HMM) with inclusion of a hysteresis model. The HMM involves: 1) a macroscale problem that captures the slow variations of the overall solution; 2) many microscale problems that allow to determine the constitutive law at the macroscale. At the microscale, a novel energy consistent hystere- sis model is incorporated. As application example, a laminated iron core is considered. [less ▲]

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See detailSubproblem h-Conform Magnetodynamic Finite Element Formulation for Accurate Model of Multiply Connected Thin Regions
Dang, Quoc Vuong ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC 2012) (2012, July 03)

A subproblem $\vh$-conform eddy current finite element method is proposed for correcting the inaccuracies inherent to thin shell models. Such models replace volume thin regions by surfaces but neglect ... [more ▼]

A subproblem $\vh$-conform eddy current finite element method is proposed for correcting the inaccuracies inherent to thin shell models. Such models replace volume thin regions by surfaces but neglect border effects in the vicinity of their edges and corners. The developed surface-to-volume correction problem is defined as a step of the multiple subproblems applied to a complete problem, consisting of inductors and magnetic or conducting regions, some of these being thin regions. The general case of multiply connected thin regions is considered. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of the Advanced Calculation Model SAFIR Through DIN EN 1991-1-2 Procedure
Zaharia, Raul; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference ASCCS 2012 (2012, July 03)

The validation of advanced calculation models for the fire design is an important issue for computer code developers, designers and authorities. One approach consists in the comparison with experimental ... [more ▼]

The validation of advanced calculation models for the fire design is an important issue for computer code developers, designers and authorities. One approach consists in the comparison with experimental results, which are not always available or are not always useful, due to the lack of details about the input data or the results, or uncertainties about the boundary conditions. This paper presents the validation of the special purpose computer program SAFIR (2005) for structural fire analysis, through DIN EN1991-1-2 procedure (2010), which represents an alternative to the validation through fire tests. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de l'efficacité de blindage de parois hétérogènes par une méthode de Galerkin discontinue en domaine temporel
Kameni, Abelin; Modave, Axel ULg; Boubekeur, Mohamed et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC 2012) (2012, July 03)

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See detailResorcinol-formaldehyde carbon xerogels as lithium-ion battery anode materials: influence of porosity on capacity and cycling behaviour
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Piedboeuf, Marie-Laure ULg; Khomenko, Volodymyr et al

in Fagadar-Cosma, Eugenia (Ed.) Insights into novel solid materials, their recyclability and integration into Li polymer batteries for EVs. Future research directions in this field.:Book of abstracts (2012, July)

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See detailPlanning the capital city of a "community of fortune" in the Soviet Far-East: the Hannes Meyer brigade's scheme for the Jewish autonomous oblast of Birobidzhan (1933-1934)
Fisher, Axel ULg

in 15th IPHS Conference “Cities, nations and regions in planning history” (2012, July)

The creation of the first modern-era Jewish state, Birobidzhan, in early 1930s’ Soviet Union, can be considered as a curtain-raiser attempt to propose a socialist solution to the “Jewish Question” which ... [more ▼]

The creation of the first modern-era Jewish state, Birobidzhan, in early 1930s’ Soviet Union, can be considered as a curtain-raiser attempt to propose a socialist solution to the “Jewish Question” which, as a second thought, also had a part in the regime’s propagandistic maneuvers enacted to downsize the rising influence of Zionism in the country. Nevertheless, this experiment aroused a widespread enthusiasm and called for the participation of both Jews and non-Jews to this “small step in the realization of the Leninist policy on nationalities”. Among these stood Hannes Meyer (1889-1954), the Swiss-born Marxist architect and former director of Dessau’s Bauhaus (1928-1930), which – assisted by his “planning brigade” – offered its expertise to the Soviet Institute for Urban Planning (GIPROGOR) from 1930 to 1936 as chief-planner for Siberia and the Far East. Within this context, Meyer’s brigade was entrusted with the preparation of a scheme for the transformation of the small town of Tikhonkaya situated along the Trans-Siberian Railway into the new Capital of Birobidzhan. This scheme, one of Meyer’s last projects in Soviet Union, represents a step in the planer’s line of research focused on the forms and principles of the “socialist city” – the “elastic city” theory – but, unlike his previous schemes, this work also had to face an additional challenge: expressing the new Jewish national identity of the city and its role as the Soviet Jewish people’s Capital city. How did the planner achieve these goals and what place did modern planning models, the “rhetoric of rationality”, Jewish culture, vernacular architectural and urban forms, the local geographical features and landscape hold in the design and figuration process? [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the potential of an algorithm based on mean climatic data to predict wheat yield.
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg; Ferrandis Vallterra, Salvador ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (2012, July)

Real-time non-invasive determination of crop biomass and yield prediction are maybe among the major challenges in agriculture. But unknown future weather remains the key point of accurate yield forecast ... [more ▼]

Real-time non-invasive determination of crop biomass and yield prediction are maybe among the major challenges in agriculture. But unknown future weather remains the key point of accurate yield forecast. This paper presents the results of a preliminary study that aims to supply the unknown future by daily mean climatic data. The results show that under the Belgian weather, this approach is relevant. Furthermore, the developed methodology appears to be a powerful diagnosis tool of the remaining yield potential under ongoing weather. [less ▲]

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See detailMuscle fatigue experienced during maximal eccentric exercise is predictive of the plasma creatine kinase (CK) response
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Meeusen, R.; Duchateau, J.; Roelands, B. (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

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See detail1RM PREDICTION AND LOAD-VELOCITY RELATIONSHIP
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Cronin, John; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Abstract book of 17th ECSS congres (2012, July)

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See detailInfluence of the addition of functionalized MWCNT on mechanical properties on epoxy/carbon fiber and epoxy/carbon-aramid fiber composites
Fernandez, Carolina; Flores, Paulo; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 1st Brazilian Conference on Composite Materials (2012, July)

We investigated the effect of the inclusion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on the mechanical properties and wear behavior of epoxy/carbon and epoxy/carbon-aramid composites in this study. Epoxy/carbon and ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of the inclusion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on the mechanical properties and wear behavior of epoxy/carbon and epoxy/carbon-aramid composites in this study. Epoxy/carbon and epoxy/carbon-aramid composites with 0 wt.% CNT and 0.3 wt.% CNT were manufactured by RTM, amino functionalized multi-walled CNT (MWCNT) were used to modify the matrix. Tensile, compression, two rail shear, Charpy impact tests and Pin On Disc (POD) were performed on the four composites. The EP/CAF composites showed better impact resistance than the ones containing carbon woven. The addition of CNTs improves the shear modulus in 5% for EP/CF composites and 6% for EP/CAF. The results also show that the dynamic friction coefficient is independent of the CNT content, and the specific wear rate shows no improvement with the selected test parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailState Reconstruction from a Limited Number of Synchronized Phasor Measurements: Application to Voltage Instability Detection
Glavic, Mevludin; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting (2012, July)

This paper deals with the performance of the wide-area monitoring previously proposed by the authors in [1], [2] for early detection of voltage instability, when a limited number of synchronized phasor ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the performance of the wide-area monitoring previously proposed by the authors in [1], [2] for early detection of voltage instability, when a limited number of synchronized phasor measurements is available. This sensitivity-based scheme assumed that phasor measurements are sufficient in number and location for a state estimator to determine the voltages at all buses of the region prone to voltage instability. This paper demonstrates that the method still performs well when relying on bus voltages obtained from a state reconstruction procedure exploiting a limited number of synchronized phasor measurements which do not make the region of concern observable. The state reconstruction is formulated as the minimization, under constraints, of a weighted least square objective involving the available phasor measurements together with bus power pseudo-measurements relative to a reference state. The presented results relate to a 52-bus system with phasor measurements obtained from detailed time simulation of a long-term voltage unstable evolution triggered by a large disturbance. [1] M. Glavic, T. Van Cutsem, “Wide-Area Detection of Voltage Instability From Synchronized Phasor Measurements. Part I: Principle,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 1408-1416, Aug. 2009 [2] M. Glavic, T. Van Cutsem, “Wide-Area Detection of Voltage Instability From Synchronized Phasor Measurements. Part II: Simulation Results,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 1417-1425, Aug. 2009 [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of type of contraction upon tendinous tissue during training: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Meeusen, R; Duchateau, J; Roelands, B (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Materiel and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Materiel and methods: This study compared the effects of two methods of training (eccentric (E) training and concentric (C) training) with untrained (U) rats. The animals underwent training over a period of five weeks. The tricipital, patellar and Achilles tendons were subsequently removed to perform a traction test to the point of tendon rupture, and a histological analysis was performed. Results: There was a significant improvement in the rupture force of the patellar and tricipital tendons between the U and E groups. The tricipital tendons in the control group presented a significantly smaller cross-section than the E- and C-trained groups. No significant difference was observed for the constraints between the three groups for all three tendons. However, a tendency towards improvement was observed between the trained and the U groups for the patellar tendon. Histological studies demonstrated the development of a greater number of blood vessels and a larger quantity of collagen in the eccentric group. Discussion and conclusion: The mechanical properties of tendons in rats improve after specific training, especially following eccentric training. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; SIMONI, Paolo ULg et al

in Meeusen, R; Duchateau, J; Roelands, B (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

Introduction: Tendinopathies, especially upper patellar tendinopathy also known as jumper’s knee, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Several experimental studies have shown the healing ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Tendinopathies, especially upper patellar tendinopathy also known as jumper’s knee, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Several experimental studies have shown the healing properties of platelet and their growth factors. These factors have the potentiality to improve healing of different tissues: bones, muscles, tendons... Researches have specifically demonstrated the platelets action as mediator and/or enhancer of tissue healing. On the other hand, such treatment has been totally removed of list of doping treatments. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of 1 injection of PRP in patients suffering from chronic jumper’s knee. Methods: Patients performed imaging (US and MRI) and functional assessments, and a clinical examination using an algometer, before treatment and 6 weeks after PRP treatment. They were also invited to answer to questionnaire relative to pain and functional status. PRP was obtained from autologous blood using an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). The injection of 6mL of PRP was realised without local anaesthesia into the proximal insertion of the patellar tendon. A 48h rest-time was recommended after infiltration. Afterwards, a submaximal eccentric reeducation was initiated 1 week after infiltration 3 times a week during 5 weeks. In case of pain, anti-inflammatory drugs were prohibited and patient were encouraged to take class I or II painbrakers. Our protocol was approved by Ethic Committee of University and University Hospital of Liège. Results: Eighteen patients with jumper’s knee were included in our study. Pre-injection tests revealed pain of the upper part of the patellar tendon just below the patella, associated with loss of function. Imaging exams confirmed diagnosis. Six weeks post-injection, the clinical status was improved for the majority of the patients, with a significant decrease of algo-functional scores. The pain reported during functional assessments was decreased (in particular for the eccentric actions), yet no significant improvement of physical performances was observed. We found no significant differences between imaging exams before and 6 weeks after PRP injection. Conclusion: One in situ injection of PRP clinically improved patients with jumper’s knee 6 weeks after treatment. Most patients reported a decrease of pain during day-life and through physical activities. However nor functional performances neither imaging were improved. A followup at 3 months is actually in process to evaluate more long term efficacy of PRP treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailA new subspace-based approach to identify nonlinear mechanical structures in the frequency domain
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 16th IFAC Symposium on System Identification (2012, July)

This paper introduces a new frequency-domain subspace-based method for the identification of nonlinear mechanical systems. The technique exploits frequency data and interprets nonlinearities as feedback ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces a new frequency-domain subspace-based method for the identification of nonlinear mechanical systems. The technique exploits frequency data and interprets nonlinearities as feedback forces exciting the underlying linear system. It is demonstrated using two academic examples, a Duffing oscillator and a five degree-of-freedom system comprising two nonlinearities. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF FATIGUE ON THE STRIDE CHARACTERISTICS DURING AN INTENSE ENDURANCE RUNTEST
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Abstract book of 17th ECSS Congress (2012, July)

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See detailEnergy and comfort performance analysis of monitored thermally activated building systems combined with geothermal heat pumps
Gantiez, Clément ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Hoogmartens, Jan et al

in International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue, July 16-19, 2012 (2012, July)

The combination of geothermal heat pumps (GEO HPs) and thermally activated building systems (TABS), that allow both low temperature heating and high temperature cooling, could yield primary energy savings ... [more ▼]

The combination of geothermal heat pumps (GEO HPs) and thermally activated building systems (TABS), that allow both low temperature heating and high temperature cooling, could yield primary energy savings of around 20- 71% in comparison with conventional heating/cooling systems. However, the potential energy savings are rarely reached in practice due to bad integration of the different subsystems and inefficient control. The present paper presents the analysis of two monitoring campaigns by stressing the influence of relevant parameters such as the performance of components (heat pump, ground heat exchangers, TABS, etc.), building characteristics and the implemented control strategies. The buildings have been monitored and analyzed in the frame of the WKSP-project realized by Institute of Building Services and Energy Design (IGS) at Technical University of Braunschweig. The results show good performance of ground coupled heat pump with seasonal COP up to around 5. Moreover, the use of ground heat exchangers to perform free chilling allows seasonal EER up to 20. Furthermore, the control strategies implemented in the different buildings are quite different. It is also shown that this system can lead to a running cost reduction up to 50% compared to conventional systems and that CO2 emissions can be reduced by 40%. [less ▲]

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See detailRace cycling: biological evolution
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Goffaux, Sébastien et al

in Meeusen, R; Duchateau, J; Roelands, B (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

Introduction: The metabolic and cardiac impact of a cycling effort on blood biology is not very well described in the literature. We aimed to measure the concentration of different biomarkers (cardiac and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The metabolic and cardiac impact of a cycling effort on blood biology is not very well described in the literature. We aimed to measure the concentration of different biomarkers (cardiac and metabolic) released during an international cycling race. Materials and methods: Venous blood samples of 15 young men (25.1 ± 6.4 y.o.) were collected just before (T1), just after (T2), 3 hours (T3) after an international cycling race of 179.6 kilometers in Belgium for the determination of cardiac and metabolic biomarkers: red blood cell (RBC), haemoglobin (HgB), creatinin (Cr), highly sensitive troponin T (hsTnT), myoglobin (MYO) and NT-proBNP. All automated assays were performed according to the manufacter’s specifications. For the statistical analysis, an Anova calculated with the Statistica Software version 9.1 was used. Results and discussions: RBC and HgB levels varied significantly between T0 and T3 (respectively p=0.0026, and p=0.002). Cr concentration also varied significantly between all times (T0-T1:p<0.0001, T1-T3:p=0.0326 and T0-T3 p=0.0001). These changes might be related to renal flow depletion during exercice. MYO increased significantly between T0 and T1 (p<0.0001), but quickly decreased between T1 and T3, however the T3 level stay higher than T0 (p=0.014). The stress delivered from the physical activity performed during the race induced a significant variation of hsTnT which increased significantly between T0 and T1 (p<0.0001) and stayed higher 3 hours after the end of the exercise (T0-T3: p<0.0001). The intense exercise delivery by the race induced a significant variation of NT-proBNP, that followed the same kinetic of hsTnT but in smaller proportion. We noticed variations statistically significant between T0 and T1 and between T0 and T3 for NT-proBNP. These increases of cardiac biomarkers were significant but reasonable and could not allow us to talk about cellular necrosis or irreversible injury. Conclusion: Our results show that stress generated by a cycling race could be the cause for the different metabolic variations observed. Troponin T stays without a doubt the most specific marker for stress related to myocardial tissue. Its increase can then be considered as being of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailUNDERSTANDING DRASTIC CHANGES IN ZOOPLANKTON AND MEDUSAE COMMUNITIES OVER THE 2003-2011 PERIOD IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA (CORSICA)
Collignon, Amandine ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Goffart, Anne ULg

in 2012 ASLO aquatic sciences meeting : Voyages of discovery (2012, July)

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See detailA dynamical model with hysteresis for the homogenization of ferromagnetic laminated cores
Henrotte, F.; Niyonzima, Innocent ULg; Steentjes, S. et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC2012) (2012, July)

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See detailExperimental Investigation on a Reversible Heat Pump for a Passenger Car
Lemort, Vincent ULg; Cuevas, Cristian; Declaye, Sébastien ULg

in Proceedings of the 21st International Compressor Conference, Purdue 2012 (2012, July)

This paper summarizes the first results of a research project dealing with the development of a reversible heat pump for a passenger car. Heat pump systems appear to be a more efficient alternative to ... [more ▼]

This paper summarizes the first results of a research project dealing with the development of a reversible heat pump for a passenger car. Heat pump systems appear to be a more efficient alternative to electrical resistance heaters for the purpose of heating the car indoor environment. Heat pump systems could be easily implemented into cars by allowing the air-conditioning system to run in reverse. In order to check the technical feasibility of a reversible heat pump system, and to point out technical barriers, a prototype was built and tested. Experimental data was also used to calibrate and validate simulation models of components. A heat pump system model was finally built to investigate the operating conditions of the system. The first part of the paper describes the test rig (architecture, components, and measurement devices) and the experimental campaign. Performance of components (compressor, evaporator, condenser and heater core) is evaluated in terms of variation with the operating conditions. The second part of the paper presents the steady-state semi-empirical models of the components. Such lumped models retain and concentrate the main physical phenomena inherent to the components into successive elementary processes (pressure losses, heat transfers, etc.). They require a limited number of parameters that can be identified based on experimental data. The calibration and the validation of the proposed component models are detailed. Finally, an overall simulation model of the reversible heat pump system is proposed and used to evaluate the energy performance of the system as function of the operating conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of strenous exercise on the release of cardiac biomarkers
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Meeusen, R; Duchateau, J; Roelands, B (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured ... [more ▼]

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured by new commercially available high-sensitive methods in subjects undergoing the Maasmarathon. Our aim was to compare cTnT and NT-proBNP levels in sportive subjects before and after a strenuous exercise. Materials and Methods: Twenty eight subjects (26 ♂, 42.5±11yo) underwent a race of 42.195 kilometers between Visé (Belgium) and Maastricht (The Netherlands). We drowned blood samples before (T0), just after (T1) and three hours after the race (T3). For all patients, cTnT concentrations were measured by high sensitive methods (hsTnT, Roche Diagnostics) on heparin plasma. The NT-proBNP was also determined with the kit Roche on heparin plasma. The protocol was approved by the ethics committee of the University of Liège (Belgium). All subjects gave their informed consent. All statistical analyses were performed using Medcalc version 8.1 for Windows. p-value <0.01 was regarded as statistically significant. Results and discussion: A significant difference between hsTnT concentrations at T0 and T1 (p<0.0001) was measured as well as between T0 and T3 (p<0.001) for NT-proBNP, but not between T1 and T3. This observation appeared only after a strenuous exercise but today this type of exercise is not reproduce easier in a laboratory of sport. Moreover, at this moment, nobody knows if these observations would have cardiac consequences at long terms. Conclusions: Measurement of cardiac troponins by high sensitive methods allows detecting significant release of biomarkers from the heart during exercise. The levels of NT-proBNP were found significantly increased but in less extent than TnThs. We think that the TnThs could be an interesting marker in the future to help sport medicine to detect risk of developing a cardiac problem. [less ▲]

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See detailONELAB: Open Numerical Engineering LABoratory
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Henrotte, F.; Marchandise, E. et al

in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism (NUMELEC2012) (2012, July)

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See detailLow-order local modelling of structural nonlinearities
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the XVIIIth Symposium on Vibrations, shocks and noise (VCB 2012) (2012, July)

The present paper addresses the problem of characterising structural nonlinearities in view of system identification. A low-order local modelling strategy is proposed and encapsulated in a recently ... [more ▼]

The present paper addresses the problem of characterising structural nonlinearities in view of system identification. A low-order local modelling strategy is proposed and encapsulated in a recently-introduced frequency-domain nonlinear subspace method for the estimation of model parameters. The complete methodology is first demonstrated using two academic examples, namely a Duffing oscillator and a five-degree-of-freedom system comprising two nonlinearities. The identification of an experimental beam involving nonlinear geometrical behaviour is finally addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailDerivation of optimal scroll compressor wrap for minimization of leakage losses
Bell, Ian ULg; Groll, Eckhard; Braun, James et al

in International Compressor Engineering Conference at Purdue, July 16-19, 2012 (2012, July)

The scroll wraps of a scroll compressor play a very important role in the compressor’s efficiency due to their impact on leakage and leakage irreversibilities. In this work, a short summary of the scroll ... [more ▼]

The scroll wraps of a scroll compressor play a very important role in the compressor’s efficiency due to their impact on leakage and leakage irreversibilities. In this work, a short summary of the scroll compressor geometry is presented. Using the geometry of the scroll wraps, an optimal scroll wrap geometry is derived for a given set of constraints on compressor displacement, scroll wrap thickness and volume ratio. This optimal scroll wrap geometry can be used as a starting point for further optimization in a detailed compressor model that includes the effects of mechanical losses. [less ▲]

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See detailA method for plant leaf area measurement by using stereo vision
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg et al

in Proceedings of CIGR-AgEng 2012 International Conference on Agricultural Engineering (2012, July)

This paper presents a method for the measurement of LAI of wheat in situ. By using stereoscopic images a 3D map was computed. One colour image was segmented to identify plant regions and the 3D leaf area ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a method for the measurement of LAI of wheat in situ. By using stereoscopic images a 3D map was computed. One colour image was segmented to identify plant regions and the 3D leaf area was computed on these regions. The result showed that the precision was about the same as for the reference measurements but required a lesser workload. [less ▲]

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See detailLife cycle assessment of carbon xerogels
Melon, Raphaëlle ULg; Renzoni, Roberto ULg; Léonard, Alexandre ULg et al

in Fagadar-Cosma, Eugenia (Ed.) Book of abstracts - Advanced Workshop - Insights into novel solid materials, their recyclability and integration into Li polymer batteries for EVs (2012, July)

In the framework of the SOMABAT European project, a life cycle assessment applied to the production of 1 kg of carbon xerogels was carried out by comparing three drying technologies (vacuum, microwave and ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the SOMABAT European project, a life cycle assessment applied to the production of 1 kg of carbon xerogels was carried out by comparing three drying technologies (vacuum, microwave and convective drying). These carbon materials with controlled texture are thought to be used as active material at the anode side of Li-polymer battery. [less ▲]

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See detailStudying hot exozodiacal dust with near-infrared interferometry
Absil, Olivier ULg

in Delplancke, F; Rajagopal, J; Malbet, F (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry III (2012, July)

Since our first detection of a resolved near-infrared emission around the main sequence star Vega, which we identified as the signature of hot dust grains close to the sublimation limit, we have been ... [more ▼]

Since our first detection of a resolved near-infrared emission around the main sequence star Vega, which we identified as the signature of hot dust grains close to the sublimation limit, we have been systematically searching for similar signatures around a magnitude-limited sample of nearby main sequence stars with the FLUOR instrument at the CHARA array. About 40 targets with spectral types ranging from A to K have been observed within the last 6 years, leading to first statistical trends on the occurence of the bright exozodi phenomenon as a function of spectral type. Our target sample is balanced between stars known to harbour cold dust populations from space-based missions (e.g., Spitzer, Herschel) and stars without cold dust, so that the occurence of abundant hot dust can also be correlated with the presence of large reservoirs of cold planetesimals. In this paper, we present preliminary conclusions from the CHARA/FLUOR survey. We also discuss the first results obtained in 2011/2012 with the new PIONIER visiting instrument at the VLTI, which is now used to extend our survey sample to the Southern hemisphere and to fainter targets. A first measurement of the exozodi/star flux ratio as a function of wavelength within the H band is presented, thanks to the low spectral resolution capability of PIONIER. Finally, we also briefly discuss our plans for extending the survey to fainter targets in the Northern hemisphere with an upgraded version of the FLUOR beam combiner. [less ▲]

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See detailExpanding on olfactory communication in a butterfly: cuticular chemicals indicate sex and age in Bicyclus anynana
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Kaltenpoth, M.; Engl, T. et al

in International Society of Chemical Ecology, 28th Annual Meeting. Abstracts (2012, July)

Chemical (olfactory or gustatory) communication is fundamental to most living organisms but widely understudied compared to other channels of communication such as vision and audition, principally in ... [more ▼]

Chemical (olfactory or gustatory) communication is fundamental to most living organisms but widely understudied compared to other channels of communication such as vision and audition, principally in sexual selection . Here we present the first extensive analysis of cuticular chemical diversity in a butterfly, and investigate whether molecules inform potential mating partners about sex and age. Bicyclus anynana was chosen for its well-known potentialities as a lab model in eco-evo-devo studies , . Chemical interactions have been investigated so far in this species with focus on volatile olfactory components: male sexual pheromones composition and their roles in sexual selection , , their change in ratio with male age, inbreeding coefficient, and other factors . Here we aim completing the picture fully and focus on gustatory non-volatile cuticular chemical diversity in this model species. Indeed, as for Drosophila, the courtship of this butterfly is composed of a series of steps that include short-range interactions during which various chemicals may be involved in mate-choice, through olfactory but also gustatory channels of communication (Nieberding et al., data not published). More than hundred cuticular chemicals were identified and quantified by GC-MS analyses on different parts (abdomen, antennae, head, legs and wings) of B. anynana individuals (n=42, 210 GC-MS analyses) of each sex and at different ages (from 1 to 21 days old). The analysis of the chemical distribution was realised by multivariate statistical analyses (perMANOVA). The results led to the conclusion that some cuticular chemicals are indicative for the body parts and can inform about sex and age. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance Comparison of Hydronic Secondary Loop Heat Pump and Conventional Air-Source Heat Pump
Bell, Ian ULg; Braun, James

in International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue, July 16-19, 2012 (2012, July)

In residential heat pump systems, the motivation for secondary loop systems is to allow for the use of flammable or toxic refrigerants with lower global warming potentials than the currently employed HFC ... [more ▼]

In residential heat pump systems, the motivation for secondary loop systems is to allow for the use of flammable or toxic refrigerants with lower global warming potentials than the currently employed HFC refrigerants. The addition of radiant panels as integral building components (embedded in concrete at construction) is becoming more common. Combining the large surface area of the radiant panel and an efficient primary loop, the hydronic secondary loop heat pump system can greatly outperform the conventional air-to-air heat pump. The improvement in coefficient of performance is as much as 38% over the conventional air-to-air heat pump when the secondary loop hydronic system is employed. Due to the large area of the radiant panel, the condensing temperature of the primary loop for the hydronic secondary loop heat pump can be reduced by as much as 5°C at high ambient temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailProteomic comparison of high and low responders to eccentric exercise
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Meeusen, R.; Duchateau, J.; Roelands, B. (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

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See detailExperiment investigations of 2D stationary mixed flows and numerical conparison
Nguyen, Van Nam ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2nd IAHR Europe Congress (2012, June 27)

Experimental investigations have been carried out to observe the mechanisms of stationary mixed flows in a flume combined with a conduit. The tests have been performed for varied discharges, considering ... [more ▼]

Experimental investigations have been carried out to observe the mechanisms of stationary mixed flows in a flume combined with a conduit. The tests have been performed for varied discharges, considering two 4.2m long rectangular channels 0.985m wide and 0.50m deep, linked by a 2m long closed conduit with a 0.20m wide and 0.15m high rectangular cross-section, located at the channels bottom along the right bank. The experimental results have been compared with numerical modeling performed using an original 2D numerical model, dealing with mixed flows using a single set of equations. [less ▲]

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See detailMétamémoire pour des informations épisodiques et sémantiques dans la maladie d’Alzheimer.
Simon, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Proceedings of the "XIIème Colloque International sur le Vieillissement Cognitif" (2012, June 25)

Quelques études ont examiné la précision du jugement concernant leur propre mémoire chez des patients présentant une maladie d’Alzheimer (MA) à l’aide de la procédure « Feeling-of-Knowing » (FOK). Dans ... [more ▼]

Quelques études ont examiné la précision du jugement concernant leur propre mémoire chez des patients présentant une maladie d’Alzheimer (MA) à l’aide de la procédure « Feeling-of-Knowing » (FOK). Dans cette procédure, le participant est invité à prédire sa capacité à reconnaître parmi des distracteurs l’item qu’il n’est pas parvenu à rappeler avant de passer à la phase de reconnaissance. Chez les patients en début de MA, la précision du jugement semble préservée lorsque la tâche implique la mémoire sémantique mais apparaît altérée lorsque la tâche implique la mémoire épisodique (Perrotin & Insingrini, 2010). Il existerait donc une dissociation dans la précision du jugement métacognitif chez les patients avec MA débutante entre les domaines épisodique et sémantique. Cependant, cette hypothèse n’a jamais été examinée au sein d’une même tâche. Dans cette étude, nous avons administré une version adaptée du FOK à 23 patients avec MA débutante et 17 sujets de contrôle. Les participants voyaient des visages de personnes dont ils avaient dû étudier le nom auparavant (items épisodiques) et des visages de personnes célèbres (items sémantiques). Pour chaque visage, les participants devaient indiquer la probabilité qu’ils reconnaissent le nom de la personne sur une échelle qualitative à 4 points (« Aucune chance », « Faible chance », « Forte chance », « Je le connais (rappel) ») puis reconnaître le nom parmi 3 distracteurs. La précision des jugements a été évaluée à l’aide du score de Hamann. Une ANOVA a révélé un effet significatif d’interaction entre le groupe et le domaine mnésique (P = .05), la moindre précision du jugement en mémoire épisodique étant exacerbée chez les patients avec MA. Cette étude renforce donc l’hypothèse selon laquelle il existe une dissociation entre les domaines épisodique et sémantique dans la capacité métacognitive des patients avec MA débutante. Perrotin, A. & Insingrini, M. (2010). La métamémoire et sa fonction de monitoring dans le vieillissement normal et dans la maladie d’Alzheimer. Revue de Neurospsychologie Neurosciences cognitives et cliniques, 2(4), 299-309. [less ▲]

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See detailL'énergie de la participation est-elle renouvelable ? La production de scénarios énergétiques et ses malentendus
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Italiano, Patrick ULg

in Claisse, Frédéric; Laviolette, Catherine; Reuchamps, Min (Eds.) et al La participation en action (2012, June 22)

Financé dans le cadre du programme de recherche fédéral sur le développement durable, le projet SEPIA avait pour but « d’examiner la faisabilité d’une analyse de durabilité intégrée (integrated ... [more ▼]

Financé dans le cadre du programme de recherche fédéral sur le développement durable, le projet SEPIA avait pour but « d’examiner la faisabilité d’une analyse de durabilité intégrée (integrated sustainability assessment, ISA) du système énergétique belge et d’en débattre avec les représentants de groupes sociaux. » SEPIA illustre le « tournant réflexif » pris ces dernières années par l’approche des nouveaux risques technologiques et environnementaux, lesquels mettraient à l’épreuve les découpages scientifiques traditionnels et imposeraient un mode de gestion publique intégrée, prenant en compte différentes disciplines et cadres cognitifs, dans un contexte d’incertitudes multiples, scientifiques et politiques. Dans cette perspective, le défi de la transition énergétique impliquerait de réinventer des processus délibératifs qui fassent davantage appel à la participation et au dialogue entre société civile, société politique et experts scientifiques. Projet à l’architecture complexe et multidimensionnelle, SEPIA associait une approche experte et une dimension participative, avec une cascade de processus de traitement de données. Dans ses aspects participatifs, SEPIA devait aboutir à la construction de scénarios énergétiques, élaborés par un premier panel d’experts et d’acteurs dans le domaine de l’énergie. La méthode prospective adoptée était celle du backcasting : un futur souhaitable est préalablement posé, obligeant à s’interroger sur les mesures et les étapes nécessaires pour y parvenir et relier ce futur au présent. L’exercice consistait, pour les participants à ce panel, à imaginer des scénarios contrastés permettant à la Belgique de se conformer, à l’horizon 2050, à un ensemble contraignant de huit objectifs de développement durable, dont celui de réduire de 80 % les émissions de gaz à effets de serre. Ces scénarios devaient ensuite être modélisés grâce à un logiciel de simulation énergétique selon les seuils et paramètres identifiés par les experts. Un second panel, composé d’acteurs concernés, était alors chargé d’évaluer les scénarios selon une approche normative multi-critères. Enfin, le résultat de cette évaluation devait être encore retraité par un autre logiciel pour le soutien à la décision en groupe, selon une méthodologie basée sur la logique floue. Un tel souci, indissociablement méthodologique et normatif, d’interroger aussi bien des experts que des groupes sociaux concernés par la problématique, ne va pas sans malentendus quant à la nature même de la participation. Ce sont ces malentendus que notre communication se propose d’interroger. La participation avait-elle un objectif précis en termes de résultats ou était-elle une finalité en soi ? L’évaluation des scénarios devait-elle être centrée sur la désirabilité ou sur la probabilité ? Quelles compétences déterminées devait-on mobiliser autour de la table, sachant que la liste de variables à prendre en compte est potentiellement infinie ? Comment les participants, experts ou stakeholders, s’accommodent-ils d’un design de recherche aussi complexe ? La participation au processus est-elle en soi une gratification ou d’autres incitants sont-ils nécessaires pour mobiliser des expertises de haut niveau ? Ces malentendus ne sont pas propres à SEPIA : ils sont au cœur de tout dispositif de recherche dès lors qu’il s’agit d’associer une réflexion méthodologique à un impératif de participation. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface Water Quality Modelling in the Iskar Basin: Methodology and First Results
MAGERMANS, POL ULg; Everbecq, Etienne ULg; Bourouag, Mohamed ULg et al

in Sabotinov, Nikola; Mazdrakov, Methodi; Yilmaz, Isik (Eds.) et al 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference SGEM 2012, Volume III (2012, June 21)

In 2011, the PEGASE Model has been implemented for the first time in Bulgaria, on the Iskar River basin. Thanks to a project funded by Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the first Iskar database has been ... [more ▼]

In 2011, the PEGASE Model has been implemented for the first time in Bulgaria, on the Iskar River basin. Thanks to a project funded by Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the first Iskar database has been constructed in association with the Danube Region Basin Directorate, and the first simulations have been carried out in 2012. The results of the first simulations are very promising. The perspective for future projects being the validation of the Iskar model, performing prospective simulations to assess the program of measures and extending the model to other Bulgarian basins. [less ▲]

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See detailSound for 3D Cinema and the Sense of Presence
André, Cédric ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg et al

in Nees, Michael A.; Walker, Bruce N.; Freeman, Jason (Eds.) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (2012, June 18)

While 3D cinema is becoming more and more established, little effort has focused on the general problem of producing a 3D sound scene spatially coherent with the visual content of a stereoscopic-3D (s-3D ... [more ▼]

While 3D cinema is becoming more and more established, little effort has focused on the general problem of producing a 3D sound scene spatially coherent with the visual content of a stereoscopic-3D (s-3D) movie. As 3D cinema aims at providing the spectator with a strong im- pression of being part of the movie (sense of presence), the perceptual relevance of such spatial audiovisual coherence is of significant interest. Previous research has shown that the addition of stereoscopic informa- tion to a movie increases the sense of presence reported by the spectator. In this paper, a coherent spatial sound rendering is added to an s-3D movie and its impact on the reported sense of presence is investigated. A short clip of an existing movie is presented with three different sound- tracks. These soundtracks differ by their spatial rendering quality, from stereo (low spatial coherence) to Wave Field Synthesis (WFS, high spatial coherence). The original stereo version serves as a reference. Results show that the sound condition does not impact on the sense of presence of all participants. However, participants can be classified according to three different levels of presence sensitivity with the sound condition impacting only on the highest level (12 out of 33 participants). Within this group, the spatially coherent soundtrack provides a lower reported sense of presence than the other custom soundtrack. The analysis of the participants’ heart rate variability (HRV) shows that the frequency-domain parameters correlate to the reported presence scores. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous synthesis of porous carbon xerogel beads.
Eskenazi, David ULg; Kreit, Patrick ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Carbon Conference 2012 (2012, June 17)

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See detail- Détection automatique des textes épistolaires du corpus néo-égyptien : méthodes exploitant la récurrence de motifs discriminants
Gohy, Stéphanie ULg; Martin Leon, Benjamin ULg

in Purnelle, Gérald; Longrée, Dominique; Dister, Anne (Eds.) Actes des 11es Journées internationales d'Analyse statistique des Données Textuelles (2012, June 15)

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See detailShip Structure Optimization Using CAD/FEM Integration
Amrane, Amirouche ULg; Caprace, Jean-David ULg; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in 11th INTERNATIONAL MARINE DESIGN CONFERENCE (2012, June 11)

In ship structural design, scantling optimization using mathematical algorithms is not yet largely implemented in industry. Optimization with mathematical algorithms can be very helpful to find the best ... [more ▼]

In ship structural design, scantling optimization using mathematical algorithms is not yet largely implemented in industry. Optimization with mathematical algorithms can be very helpful to find the best solution (minimum weight, minimum cost, maximum inertia,…). Typically, finite element analysis (FEA) tools are used in ship structural assessment. But, to build a FEM model from a CAD one is not easy. It needs a big amount of manual work. In the present work, an innovative optimization workflow was developed. The following steps are carried automatically without any manual intervention. First, from the 3D CAD model, an idealized CAD model is created by the idealization module to take into account the FEM needs. Then, the idealized CAD model is transferred to the FEM tool. After that, the FEM model is meshed and loaded. After FEM solving, the results (stress, displacement, volume etc.) are transferred to the optimizer. The optimizer evaluates the values of the objective function and the constraints previously defined and modify the design variables (plate thickness and the stiffener scantling) to create a new structural model. After several iterations, the optimum solution is evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailLa campagne présidentielle camerounaise d’octobre 2011 sur internet. Enjeux et défis dans un système électoral "verrouillé"
Beche, Emmanuel ULg

in ZLITNI et LIENARD, Sami et Fabien (Ed.) La communication électronique dans la "société de l'information": Quels usages, quelles pratiques? (2012, June 07)

Cette communication étudie comment l’élection présidentielle camerounaise de 2012 s’est déroulée sur la Toile. Dans ce pays d’Afrique et de « jeune démocratie » (Tandia Mouaffou, 2009), cette élection est ... [more ▼]

Cette communication étudie comment l’élection présidentielle camerounaise de 2012 s’est déroulée sur la Toile. Dans ce pays d’Afrique et de « jeune démocratie » (Tandia Mouaffou, 2009), cette élection est la toute première à intégrer l’usage des NTIC comme outils de communication et de campagne. Cette innovation intervient dans un contexte où depuis l’avènement de la démocratie en 1990, le système électoral est plus ou moins contesté (Boukongou, 2007). Dans ce contexte où 70% de la population vivent avec un faible pouvoir d’achat, le développement des nouveaux médias reste aussi moins important (INS, 2007). Selon l’ANTIC (2010), le taux de pénétration de l’Internet par exemple est de 0,20%. De plus, les disparités entre les zones rurales et urbaines dans l’accès aux nouveaux médias sont encore énormes (ANTIC, 2007). C’est donc un contexte où en dépit de la passion sans cesse grandissante des citoyens et notamment des jeunes pour les NTIC (Béché, 2010), l’indice du développement numérique est jusqu’ici relativement bas, ce qui n’a pas cependant empêché la dernière élection présidentielle à se déporter sur le champ ouvert de l’Internet. Il s’agit donc d’examiner comment les candidats à cette élection ont utilisé les outils Internet (sites web, facebook, youtube, web TV, twitter, wikipédia, sms) ainsi que la place et l’efficacité de cette stratégie dans la campagne électorale. Il s’agira aussi d’analyser l’e-participation des citoyens camerounais dans cette campagne électronique. L’analyse de l’usage c’est-à-dire de ce qui a été effectivement fait avec les nouveaux médias, permettra alors de cerner comment l’e-communication s’est construite dans ce contexte réseauté émergent. D’ailleurs, l’un des aspects de cette e-campagne relève des stratégies employées. Pour le parti au pouvoir, la web-campagne a été un moyen pour occuper davantage tous les espaces possibles de communication. Pour l’opposition, il s’est plutôt agi de construire une certaine visibilité que ne leur ont pas permise les moyens traditionnels de propagande dont la majorité est contrôlée par l’État. Mais du fait des difficultés d’appropriation des nouveaux médias par une partie des candidats et des citoyens, l’innovation envisagée n’a pas suscité une réelle révolution dans le déroulement de l’élection présidentielle. Il ya eu plutôt une simple transposition de la campagne faite avec les moyens traditionnelles (radio, télévision, presse écrite) sur le champ du Net. Ça été en fait un effet de mode plutôt qu’une révolution qui s’arrime à la dynamique globale amorcée lors des élections américaines de 2008 et accentuée par le printemps arabe. C’est d’ailleurs en partie pour cette raison que cette élection n’a pas eu de qualificatif médiatique comme ça été le cas par exemple avec la révolution iranienne (révolution twitter). En dépit de ces considérations cependant, cette innovation constitue un signe de la modernisation de la vie politique camerounaise et une perspective vers une réelle démocratie. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiaxial concrete model for applications in structural fire engineering
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Millard, Alain

in Fontana, M.; Frangi, A.; Knobloch, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structures in Fire (2012, June 07)

Temperature-dependent material models are required in numerical softwares dedicated to the nonlinear analysis of structures in fire. Although structural concrete is widely used in civil engineering ... [more ▼]

Temperature-dependent material models are required in numerical softwares dedicated to the nonlinear analysis of structures in fire. Although structural concrete is widely used in civil engineering, proper modelling of its thermo-mechanical behaviour remains a challenging issue for engineers mainly because of the complexity of the phenomena that result from the microcracking process in this composite material and because of the lack of numerical robustness of the models. This paper presents a new multiaxial concrete model developed for the analysis of concrete structures in fire. The multiaxial model is based on a plastic-damage formulation and incorporates an explicit term for transient creep strain. After implementation in a finite element software for structural fire engineering calculations, numerical simulations have been performed to highlight the ability of the model to capture some of the main phenomena that develop in concrete (permanent strains, degradation of the elastic properties, unilateral effect) as well as the ability to be used for the fire analysis of large-scale structural elements. [less ▲]

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See detailConsideration of local instabilities in beam finite elements by means of effective constitutive laws
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Cowez, Baptiste ULg

in Fontana, A; Frangi, A; Knobloch, M (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structures in Fire (2012, June 06)

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in the general calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as ... [more ▼]

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in the general calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as class 1 (stocky) sections whatever the slenderness of the plates that make the section, allowing the development of a full plastic stress distribution in the section which leads to complete plastic redistribution in the structure. This type of element is thus not adapted for modelling structures that contain slender sections of class 2, 3 or 4. This document presents a new approach to take into account local instabilities using beam finite elements. The new approach is based on an effective constitutive law of steel. The effective law is not symmetrical with respect to tension and compression because, in tension, the stress-strain relationship is not modified whereas, in compression, the stress-strain relationship is modified. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?
Andre, Marie ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension ... [more ▼]

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité. Les conséquences et enjeux s'y jouant varient selon les régions du monde mais d'aucuns s'accordent à dire que le phénomène de périurbanisation mène en général à la formation de ghettos sociaux, au renforcement des inégalités sociales, à la dégradation visuelle des paysages, ainsi qu'à des conflits humains dus à la multiplication des acteurs y vivant ou y pratiquant une activité. Plus précisément, dans le domaine de l'écologie, ces zones peuvent être à l'origine d'invasions par des espèces exotiques, comme à l'origine de la perte, de la fragmentation ou du rétrécissement des milieux et paysages ouverts, des grandes étendues d'habitats non fragmentés, d'espaces destinés aux compensations écologiques ou même de lieux récréatifs. Ces derniers processus diminuent la qualité de la biodiversité à ces endroits. Paradoxalement, les notions de "rural", de "périurbain" et d'"urbain" restent assez floues; les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinant à leur donner une définition et des limites acceptées par tous. Il n'est pas rare également certaines études mentionnent une de ces zones sans la définir, la signification exacte étant sous-entendue. Les problèmes causés par l'absence fréquente de définition des zones étudiées sont les suivants: • L'interprétation et la classification d'images satellites, de laquelle découle un grand nombre d'informations pour les planificateurs du territoire et les scientifiques, nécessite une définition claire de ce qui est considéré comme une zone urbaine, périurbaine ou rurale ainsi que des critères et seuils qui délimitent ces classes d'occupation du sol les unes des autres; • Il n'y a pas de comparaison possible entre études portant sur le même sujet car les localisations et natures des sites peuvent être différents; • Dans le domaine scientifique, il est difficile de déterminer si une précision faible dans un résultat obtenu dans une zone (péri)urbaine est dû à de mauvaises mesures qui peuvent être améliorées ou si c'est la définition de la zone qui pose problème. Dans cette étude, différents termes, définitions et caractéristiques se rapportant aux zones urbaines, périurbaines et rurales ont été examinés et comparés sur base de critères tels que leur type ainsi que leurs forces et faiblesses, dans une optique d'analyse de l'évolution d'un paysage. Les causes aux différences observées, la pertinence et les lacunes des différentes définitions et caractéristiques ont été discutées. Enfin, la contribution potentielle d'indices paysagers a été examinée. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?: l'apport de l'écologie du paysage pour la segmentation du gradient urbain-rural
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes ... [more ▼]

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes augmentant l'emprise de l'homme sur les ressources naturelles et participant à la dynamique paysagère (Mazoyer et Roudart, 1997). Le phénomène n'est pas négligeable: aujourd'hui, le nombre de personnes vivant dans ce qu'on désigne sous le terme de "ville" a dépassé celui des personnes vivant en dehors (United Nations, 2007). Il convient donc d'étudier en profondeur les conséquences de ce processus qu'est l'urbanisation et de les quantifier (Alberti, 2008). En particulier, la périurbanisation, caractérisée par une expansion diffuse de la ville dans un milieu mitoyen gardant son caractère rural, est au cœur des préoccupations de part sa position stratégique entre des espaces fortement et nettement moins anthropisés (Hervoët, 2001). Toute étude scientifique doit commencer par la délimitation du système étudié (Grimm et al., 2003). Paradoxalement, une synthèse bibliographique récente démontre qu'il n'existe pas de consensus sur le nombre de zones rencontrées dans ce gradient ni sur les définitions et caractéristiques de chacune de ces zones. L'article conclu qu'en vue d'une identification spatiale des zones à l'aide de la télédétection, il est préférable d'utiliser préférentiellement les caractéristiques morphologiques qu'il convient de traduire sous forme d'indices de structure spatiale permettant l'implémentation pratique des définitions données aux zones (André et al., en préparation). Suite à cette constatation, la présente contribution présente une méthode de segmentation du gradient urbain-rural qui s'appuie sur des éléments et indices paysagers décrivant la composition et la structure paysagères. Ces indices illustrent sous forme quantifiable les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées pour décrire les différentes zones situées dans le gradient. [less ▲]

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See detailFire analysis of a new steel bridge
Tonicello, Eric; Desanghere, Sylvain; Vassart, Olivier et al

in Fontana, Mario; Frangi, Andrea; Knobloch, Markus (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structures in Fire (2012, June 06)

The new steel bridge “Hans-Wilsdorf” in Geneva is an exceptional steel structure that will drive general traffic through a main transportation axis. As the investment cost of the project is important, a ... [more ▼]

The new steel bridge “Hans-Wilsdorf” in Geneva is an exceptional steel structure that will drive general traffic through a main transportation axis. As the investment cost of the project is important, a structural fire analysis has been performed to study the sensitivity of the structure to a high temperature exposure, such as a truck in fire on the deck. This analysis will allow deciding whether a severe fire could be an unacceptable economical risk for the bridge. [less ▲]

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