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See detailTourisme, privatisation des littoraux et érosion des côtes: cas de Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Ozer, Pierre ULg

in 8th International conference (IAG) on Geomorphology: « Geomorphology and sustainability », Paris, 27-31 August 2013 (2013, August)

Avec ses plus de 3200 km de côtes, le Vietnam fait partie des pays les plus exposés aux effets du réchauffement climatique : élévation du niveau des mers, augmentation de la fréquence des typhons et des ... [more ▼]

Avec ses plus de 3200 km de côtes, le Vietnam fait partie des pays les plus exposés aux effets du réchauffement climatique : élévation du niveau des mers, augmentation de la fréquence des typhons et des inondations. Début 2009, 27 maisons situées dans le village de pêcheurs de Phan Thiet se sont effondrées. Selon les médias internationaux et les autorités locales, une forte marée de tempête –conséquence du réchauffement climatique– était la cause de cette rapide érosion littorale. Cet article montre comment, en utilisant la fonction multi dates Google Earth, il est possible de nier cette argumentation et de mettre en évidence les vraies causes de ce rapide et inéluctable retrait des côtes au niveau de ce village de pêcheurs, à savoir la construction anarchique de la station balnéaire de Mui Ne, quelques kilomètres à l’est. La création de ce désormais haut lieu touristique est extrêmement récente, le premier établissement étant sorti de terre en 1994. Vu le succès croissant des plages de sable blanc, la côte a depuis été lotie sur près de 5 km. Mui Ne a modifié son espace pour accueillir les touristes occidentaux : les cocoteraies ont été abattues, les liserons des sables ont été arrachés, le sable a été égalisé et les infrastructures hôtelières ont recouvert les dunes pour être en contact direct avec la plage. Ainsi, le fragile équilibre littoral a été rompu et le bilan sédimentaire est devenu négatif. Entre 2006 et 2009, la plage de 30 m a totalement disparu. Or, la plage étant vitale pour ce lieu, les promoteurs ont eu recours à la construction d’épis qui interrompent le transit sédimentaire pour recréer les plages. La dérive littorale est ainsi stoppée ce qui engendre la disparition des plages suivantes et l’effondrement des maisons de pêcheurs. Cette analyse montre la rapide modification géomorphologique qui résulte d’une conversion économique locale non encadrée répondant aux processus de mondialisation sans tenir compte des externalités négatives. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of genotype, pedigree, local and foreign information
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

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

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See detailUse of visible-near infrared spectroscopy to determine cheese properties
Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanden Bossche, Sandrine; De Bisschop, Céline et al

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

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See detailTracking network state from combined SCADA and synchronized phasor measurements
Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 2013 IREP Symposium-Bulk Power System Dynamics and Control -IX (2013, August)

Initiated by the authors’ previous work on state reconstruction from a limited number of synchrophasors [1], this paper goes one step further by exploring the possibility to track the network state using ... [more ▼]

Initiated by the authors’ previous work on state reconstruction from a limited number of synchrophasors [1], this paper goes one step further by exploring the possibility to track the network state using both SCADA and synchronized phasor measurements. When a SCADA measurement is received, it is used in the next state reconstruction; otherwise, it is replaced by a pseudo-measurement stemming from the previous state reconstruction. The approach resorts to a standard weighted least squares formulation and Hachtel’s augmented matrix method. State reconstruction is intended to be used at a much higher rate than classical state estimation, for instance every second. It has been validated using simulated measurements obtained from detailed time simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-infrared prediction of cheese yield from milk and its genetic variability in first-parity cows
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanden Bossche, Sandrine et al

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

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See detailErosion littorale et migrations forcées de réfugiés environnementaux. L'exemple de Cotonou, Bénin
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Hountondji, Yvon-Carmen; De Longueville, Florence ULg

in 8th International conference (IAG) on Geomorphology: « Geomorphology and sustainability », Paris, 27-31 August 2013 (2013, August)

Situé dans le Golfe de Guinée, le littoral béninois est soumis –sur certains tronçons– à une érosion assez rapide ces dernières décennies. Cette érosion côtière est principalement due actuellement aux ... [more ▼]

Situé dans le Golfe de Guinée, le littoral béninois est soumis –sur certains tronçons– à une érosion assez rapide ces dernières décennies. Cette érosion côtière est principalement due actuellement aux activités humaines parmi lesquelles les perturbations sédimentaires occasionnées par la construction de divers barrages dont celui de Nangbéto sur le fleuve Mono ; le blocage du transit littoral par les ouvrages portuaires de Cotonou ; les carrières de sable exploitées à même la plage ; et la diminution d’apports sédimentaires provenant de l’ouest suite à divers travaux de protection des côtes. En utilisant la fonction multi dates disponible dans Google Earth, cet article estime la superficie érodée à Cotonou entre 2002 et 2011 à l’est de l’exutoire du Lac Nokoué. En outre, il évalue le nombre de maisons détruites ainsi que le nombre de personnes contraintes à une migration forcée. Les figures sont importantes puisque de l’ordre de cent mètres de zone côtière ont totalement disparu au cours des dix dernières années sur un tronçon de près de six kilomètres de long en pleine ville ou en proche périphérie. Cette analyse montre qu’actuellement les dommageables modifications géomorphologiques résultent essentiellement de l’addition non envisagée d’activités humaines couplée à l’absence de gouvernance. Par ailleurs, nous sommes en droit de nous interroger sur les risques d’érosion côtière dans les décennies à venir avec l’amplification annoncée de l’augmentation du niveau des océans due au réchauffement climatique. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-industrial seeds as a civic entry point to sustainable food systems
Hecquet, Corentin ULg

in XXV Congres ESRS (2013, August)

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See detailNumerical computation of nonlinear normal modes of nonconservative systems
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the ASME IDETC/CIE 2013 (2013, August)

Since linear modal analysis fails in the presence of nonlinear dynamical phenomena, the concept of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) was introduced with the aim of providing a rigorous generalization of ... [more ▼]

Since linear modal analysis fails in the presence of nonlinear dynamical phenomena, the concept of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) was introduced with the aim of providing a rigorous generalization of linear normal modes to nonlinear systems. Initially defined as periodic solutions, numerical techniques such as the continuation of periodic solutions were used to compute NNMs. Because these methods are limited to conservative systems, the present study targets the computation of NNMs for nonconservative systems. Their definition as invariant manifolds in phase space is considered. Specifically, the partial differential equations governing the manifold geometry are considered as transport equations and an adequate finite element technique is proposed to solve them. The method is first demonstrated on a conservative nonlinear beam and the results are compared to standard continuation techniques. Then, linear damping is introduced in the system and the applicability of the method is demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental identification of the complex dynamics of a strongly nonlinear spacecraft structure
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the ASME IDETC/CIE 2013 (2013, August)

The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing an impact-type nonlinear component. The complete identification procedure, i.e. from nonlinearity detection to ... [more ▼]

The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing an impact-type nonlinear component. The complete identification procedure, i.e. from nonlinearity detection to parameter estimation, is carried out using experimental data collected during a typical spacecraft qualification test campaign. The complementary use of several techniques reveals particularly interesting and complex phenomena such as nonlinear jumps, nonlinear modal interactions, internal force relaxation and chattering during impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailA FEW GOOD REASONS TO CONSIDER A BEAM FINITE ELEMENT FORMULATION ON THE LIE GROUP SE(3)
Sonneville, Valentin ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg

in Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2013 (2013, August)

Based on an original interpolation method we develop a beam finite element formulation on the Lie group SE(3) which relies on a mathematically rigorous framework and provides compact and generic notations ... [more ▼]

Based on an original interpolation method we develop a beam finite element formulation on the Lie group SE(3) which relies on a mathematically rigorous framework and provides compact and generic notations. We work out the beam kinematics in the SE(3) context, the beam deformation measure and obtain the expression of the internal forces using the virtual work principle. The proposed formulation exhibits important features from both the theoretical and numerical points of view. The approach leads to a natural coupling of position and rotation variables and thus differs from classical Timoshenko/Cosserat formulations. We highlight several important properties such as a constant deformation measure over the element, an invariant tangent stiffness matrix under of rigid motions or the absence of shear locking. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategies for computation and inversion of the additive relationship matrix among genotyped animals
Faux, Pierre ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

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

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See detailDevelopment of a genomic evaluation for milk production for a local bovine breed
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Faux, Pierre ULg et al

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

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See detailControlled field study comparing organic and inorganic trace elements supplementation in hypermuscled Belgian Blue Breed: clinical aspects
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Martin-Tereso, Javier; Litjens, Wilbert et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM symposium (2013, August)

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See detailGenetics of mastitis in the Walloon Region of Belgium
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Laine, Aurélie ULg et al

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

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See detailControlled field study comparing organic and inorganic trace elements supplementation in hypermuscled Belgian Blue Breed: biochemical aspects
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Martin-Tereso, Javier; Litjens, Wilbert et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM symposium (2013, August)

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See detailA Tool for Design Decision Making Zero Energy Residential Buildings in Hot Humid Climate
Attia, Shady ULg; Gratia, Elisabeth; De Herde, Andre et al

in Proceedings of the 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (2013, August)

Informed decision-making is the basis for the design of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs). This paper investigates the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design ... [more ▼]

Informed decision-making is the basis for the design of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs). This paper investigates the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design decision of NZEBs. The aim of this study was to develop a design decision making tool, ZEBO, for zero energy residential buildings in hot climates and to evaluate the effect of a simulation-based decision aid, on informed decision-making using sensitivity analysis. An assessment of the role of the BPS tools used in informing the decision-making was ascertained through cases studies, usability testing and several self-reported metrics. The paper provides results that shed light on the effectiveness of sensitivity analysis as an approach for informing the design decisions of NZEBs [less ▲]

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See detailHerd-test-day variability of methane emissions predicted from milk MIR spectra in Holstein cows
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

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

The aim of this study was to estimate the herd-test-day (HTD) effect on milk yield, fat and protein content, and methane (CH4) emissions of Walloon Holstein first-parity cows. A total of 412,520 test-day ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to estimate the herd-test-day (HTD) effect on milk yield, fat and protein content, and methane (CH4) emissions of Walloon Holstein first-parity cows. A total of 412,520 test-day records and milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra of 69,223 cows in 1,104 herds were included in the data set. The prediction equation developed by Vanlierde et al. (Abstract submitted to EAAP 2013; R² of cross-validation=0.70) was applied on the recorded spectral data to predict CH4 emissions (g/d). Daily CH4 emissions expressed in g/kg of milk were computed by dividing CH4 emissions (g/d) by daily milk yield of cows. Several bivariate (a CH4 trait with a production trait) random regression test-day models including HTD and classes of days in milk and age at calving as fixed effects and permanent environment and genetic as random effects were used. HTD solutions of studied traits obtained from these models were studied and presented large deviations (CV=17.54%, 8.93%, 4.68%, 15.51%, and 23.18% for milk yield, fat and protein content, MIR CH4 (g/d), and MIR CH4 (g/kg of milk), respectively) indicating differences among herds, especially for milk yield and CH4 traits. HTD means per month of milk yield and fat and protein contents presented similar patterns within year. The maximum of monthly HTD means corresponded to the spring (pastern release) for milk yield and to the winter for fat and protein contents. The minimum corresponded to the month of November for milk yield and to the summer for the other traits. For MIR CH4 (g/d), monthly HTD means showed similar patterns as fat and protein content within year. MIR CH4 (g/kg of milk) presented maximum values of monthly HTD means in November and minimum values in May. Finally, results of this study showed that HTD effects on milk production traits and on MIR CH4 emissions varied through herds and seasons. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of Campylobacter spp infection in male mule ducks in Belgium
Flament, Aline; Soubbotina, Alexandra ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Abstracts of the XVIIIth World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress (2013, August)

Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter spp food poisoning are major public health burden. In Belgium, breeding of mule duck is well developed and “foie gras” consumption shows a yearly increase. Flament et ... [more ▼]

Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter spp food poisoning are major public health burden. In Belgium, breeding of mule duck is well developed and “foie gras” consumption shows a yearly increase. Flament et al. (2012) published a paper on the Belgian Salmonella spp infection in ducks but up to now there are no data about Campylobacter prevalence. The monitoring of Campylobacter spp infections was performed from March 2008 to April 2009 in 9 Belgian duck farms starting at the arrival of French ducklings up to the end of the force-feeding period. Cotton-tipped swabs of droppings were collected in duckling transportation boxes 24 to 48 h after the arrival of animals in the farm. Pools of bird droppings (10 to 50 g in 3 to 5 samples, representative of the housing area) were collected at 3, 6, 9 weeks of age and at time of introduction in the force-feeding rooms (at 11 or 12 weeks of age). A membrane filter method adapted from the original Steele and Mc Dermott (1984) method was used. After the filtering step, Campy blood free selective medium plates were incubated at 37°C, micro-aerobically ([O2] < à 10%) in anaerobic jars and colonies corresponding to putative Campylobacter spp were further identified with the API Campy® system. Campylobacter spp was isolated from all flocks, most of the time already at arrival of ducklings or at 3 weeks of age. Campylobacter jejuni subsp. jejuni (32/42) was the most frequent species isolated (Fig.1). Campylobacter coli (3/42), Campylobacter jejuni subsp. doylei (2/42) and Helicobacter fennelliae (3/42) were unfrequently isolated. Two isolates could not be identified to the species. Our results confirm those of Tsai et Hsiang (2005) who found a prevalence of 92% for Campylobacter in Taiwan. The isolations of Campylobacter jejuni subsp. doylei and Helicobacter fennelliae were unexpected. Indeed man is considered the reservoir of Campylobacter jejuni subsp. doyley and up to now the isolation of Helicobacter was never reported from ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) (Murphy et al., 2005). In conclusion the putative role of mule ducks in the transmission of Campylobacter food borne illness should not be underestimated [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of the Cradle to Cradle paradigm to a housing unit in Switzerland: Findings from a prototype design
Attia, Shady ULg; Beney, Jean François; Andersen, Marilyne

in PLEA 2013 Munich: Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future (2013, August)

The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) paradigm is emerging as an important regenerative design approach. C2C is aiming to create a positive footprint of the built environment, beyond carbon neutrality. The general ... [more ▼]

The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) paradigm is emerging as an important regenerative design approach. C2C is aiming to create a positive footprint of the built environment, beyond carbon neutrality. The general idea of the C2C approach is to design products, in this case buildings, in order to have a positive impact on the planet, instead of trying to go beyond the zero environmental impact concept. However, there are very few studies that address the application of the C2C concept in building design. More importantly, there is hardly any documentation processes on methods or tools currently being used to design and evaluate C2C buildings. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to design, model and assess a C2C building prototype with a focus on energy and materials. The research methodology is based on literature review, case study design and performance (energy/materials) evaluation (DesignBuilder/SimaPro). The paper articulates the values, principles and goals of the C2C paradigm and translates them through the prototype design in the Swiss context. The results of the prototype design point to a 74% independence from non-renewable energy resources, compensating the operating and embodied energy during the building’s life. On the other hand only 8% of the building materials were totally recyclable according to the C2C principles. The design process delivers insights on the application of the C2C concept in the built environment reporting on the limitation and means of improvement. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic effects of heat stress on milk yield and MIR predicted methane emissions of Holstein cows
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg et al

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

Dairy cows both contribute to and are affected by climate change. Breeding for heat tolerance and reduced methane (CH4) emissions is a key requirement to mitigate interactions between dairy cows and ... [more ▼]

Dairy cows both contribute to and are affected by climate change. Breeding for heat tolerance and reduced methane (CH4) emissions is a key requirement to mitigate interactions between dairy cows and climate change. This study was aimed to estimate genetic variation of milk yield and CH4 emissions over the whole trajectory of temperature humidity index (THI) using a reaction norm approach. A total of 257,635 milk test-day (TD) records and milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra from 51,782 Holstein cows were used. Data were collected between January 2007 and December 2010 in 983 herds by the Walloon Breeding Association (Ciney, Belgium). The calibration equation developed by Vanlierde et al. (Abstract submitted to EAAP 2013; R² of cross-validation=0.70) was applied on the spectral data in order to predict CH4 emissions values (g CH4/d). These values were divided by fat and protein corrected milk yield (FPCM) defining a new CH4 trait (g CH4/kg of FPCM). Daily THI values were calculated using the mean of daily values of dry bulb temperature and relative humidity from meteorological data. Mean daily THI of the previous 3 days before each TD record was used as the THI of reference for that TD. Bivariate (milk yield and a CH4 trait) random regression TD mixed models with random linear regressions on THI values were used. Estimated average daily heritability for milk yield was 0.17 and decreased slightly at extreme THI values. However, heritabilities of MIR CH4 traits increased as THI values increase: from 0.10 (THI=28) to 0.14 (THI=75) for MIR CH4 (g/d) and from 0.14 (THI=28) to 0.21 (THI=75) for MIR CH4 (g/kg of FCPM). Genetic correlations between milk yield and MIR CH4 (g/d) ranged from -0.09 (THI=28) to -0.12 (THI=75) and those between milk yield and MIR CH4 (g/kg of FPCM) from -0.75 (THI=28) to -0.71 (THI=75). These results showed that milk production and CH4 emissions of dairy cows seemed to be influenced by THI. [less ▲]

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See detailLe contexte urbain et climatique des risques hydrologiques de la ville de Butembo (Nord Kivu/ RDC)
Sahani, Muhindo; Ozer, Pierre ULg; Moeyersons, Jan

in 8th International conference (IAG) on Geomorphology: « Geomorphology and sustainability », Paris, 27-31 August 2013 (2013, August)

Butembo constitue un cas typique de zone urbaine en région tropicale humide rencontrant une explosion démographique exceptionnelle. La concentration spontanée des populations, due à l’exode incontrôlé sur ... [more ▼]

Butembo constitue un cas typique de zone urbaine en région tropicale humide rencontrant une explosion démographique exceptionnelle. La concentration spontanée des populations, due à l’exode incontrôlé sur un territoire assez restreint, a conduit à une urbanisation sans cesse croissante. L’imperméabilisation des vastes étendues de terres consécutive à une expansion spatiale rapide de la ville a généré des problèmes environnementaux qui affectent la structure urbaine. La ville est actuellement confrontée à des risques hydrologiques diversifiés : ravinements progressif et régressif, inondations, et remobilisation d’anciens glissements de terrain. Après avoir réalisé la carte de la ville de Butembo, ce travail aboutit notamment à la production d’une carte des risques hydrologiques sur base d’approches combinant la télédétection et travaux de terrain. Les résultats révèlent une expansion urbaine exceptionnelle. L’emprise urbaine de la ville de Butembo est passée de 2,39 km² en 1957 à 85,83 km² en 2008. Son accroissement est consécutif à l’augmentation de la population qui est passée de 9 653 à 581 449 habitants entre 1957 et 2008. Cette urbanisation a abouti à une nouvelle affectation du sol avec des conséquences sur le paysage urbain. Depuis 1957, le ravinement de fond de vallée ainsi que celui sur les versants sont toujours restés confinés à l’intérieur des extensions urbaines respectives. L’urbanisation précède le développement des ravins et ceux-ci sont confinés dans les zones où le coefficient d’écoulement est accentué par elle. Les inondations pourraient s’étendre sur tous les fonds plats de vallées en cas d’inaction. Quant aux 16 glissements de terrain actifs, ils se trouvent dans la phase de creep et 11 sont partiellement co-engendrés par la sismicité. La pluie n’est pas à la base de l’accentuation des problèmes environnementaux qui perturbent la structure urbaine de Butembo. C’est bien l’urbanisation qui en est la principale cause. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritive value of four tropical forage legume hays fed to pigs in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg; Picron, Pascale ULg et al

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

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See detailComputational Optimisation for Zero Energy Buildings Design Interviews results with twenty eight International expert
Attia, Shady ULg; Hamdy, Mohamed; O’Brien, William et al

in Proceedings of the 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (2013, August)

This paper summarizes a study that was undertaken to reveal potential challenges and opportunities for integrating optimisation tools in Net/Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) Design. The paper reviews ... [more ▼]

This paper summarizes a study that was undertaken to reveal potential challenges and opportunities for integrating optimisation tools in Net/Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) Design. The paper reviews current trends in simulation-based Building Performance Optimisation (BPO) and outlines major criteria for optimisation tools selection and evaluation. This is based on analyzing users’ needs for tools capabilities and requirement specifications. The review is carried out by means of interviews with 28 optimisation experts. The findings are based on an inter-group comparison between experts. The aim is to assess the gaps and needs for integrating BPO tools in NZEB Design. The findings indicate existing limitations including model uncertainty, computation time, difficulty of implementation and steep learning curve. Future directions anticipated or needed for improvement of current tools are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailAccuracy of clinical examination and field tests for diagnosis of traumatic reticulo-peritonitis in cattle : a preliminary study
Gaillot, Claire ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Touati, Kamal ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Buiatrissima 8th ECBHM Symposium (2013, August)

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See detailContact model between superelements in dynamic multibody systems
Virlez, Geoffrey ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Sonneville, Valentin ULg et al

in Proceedings of ASME2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2013 (2013, August)

In this paper, a new contact formulation defined between flexible bodies modeled as superelements is investigated. Unlike rigid contact models, this approach enables to study the deformation and vibration ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a new contact formulation defined between flexible bodies modeled as superelements is investigated. Unlike rigid contact models, this approach enables to study the deformation and vibration phenomena induced by hard contacts. Compared with full-scale finite element models of flexible bodies, the proposed method is computationally more efficient, especially in case of a large number of bodies and contact conditions. The compliance of each body is described using a reduced-order elastic model which is defined in a corotational frame that follows the gross motion of the body. The basis used to reduce the initial finite element model relies on the Craig-Bampton method which uses both static boundary modes and internal vibration modes. The formulation of the contact condition couples all degrees of freedom of the reduced model in a nonlinear way. The relevance of the approach is demonstrated by simulation results first on a simple example, and then on a gear pair model. [less ▲]

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See detailBenchmark Models for Air Conditioned Residential Buildings in Hot Humid Climate
Attia, Shady ULg; Evrard, Arnaud

in Proceedings of the 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (2013, August)

This study reports the results of a recent field survey for residential apartment buildings in Egypt. The aim of the survey is to create representative building energy models. Two building performance ... [more ▼]

This study reports the results of a recent field survey for residential apartment buildings in Egypt. The aim of the survey is to create representative building energy models. Two building performance simulation models are created reflecting the average energy consumption characteristics of air-conditioned residential apartments in Alexandria, Cairo and Asyut. Aiming for future evaluation of the cost and energy affects of the new Egyptian energy standard this study established two detailed models describing the energy use profiles for air-conditioners, lighting, DHW and appliances in respect to buildings layout and construction. Using EnergyPlus simulation tool the collected surveyed data was used as input for two building simulation models. The simulation models were verified against the apartment characteristic found in the survey. This paper presents details of the building models including the energy use patterns and profiles created for this study. [less ▲]

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See detailSemi-Continuous Fermentation for Gluconic acid Production at High Temperature
Zarmehrkhorshid, Raziyeh ULg; Shafiei, Rasoul ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in World Acadamy of Science, Engineering and Technology (2013, July 31)

Gluconic acid (GA) is a multifunctional organic acid with versatile applications in food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, owing to increasing demand for cheaper gluconic acid and its ... [more ▼]

Gluconic acid (GA) is a multifunctional organic acid with versatile applications in food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, owing to increasing demand for cheaper gluconic acid and its salts; studies have mainly focused on more economical production process through using cheaper carbohydrate sources and isolation of appropriate microorganism. Despite progress towards its microbial production, fewer studies are available regarding its bacterial production at high temperature. It is believed that, withstanding high temperature during production of this acid can provide a new option for industrially cost effective production through reduction in cost of cooling. Results: A major challenge associated with semi-continuous process of gluconate production using A. senegalensis was inability in glucose consumption during the late stationary phase and next fermentation cycles. Inactivation of respiration system (total dehydrogenases activity) and entrance of cells into viable but nonculturable (VBNC) state during stationary phase were the main reasons of this inability. Conclusions: To improve gluconic acid fermentation at high temperature, it is necessary to induce the activity of total dehydrogenases as they carry the oxidation reaction of glucose. Supplementing the feed with ethanol, successfully conferred ability to cells for further glucose consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailEndokarsts and cryptokarsts in Cretaceous coarse and higly porous chalk at the Belgian-Dutch border
Willems, Luc ULg; Rodet, Joël

in Filippi, Michal; Bosák, Pavel (Eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Speleology, July 21–28, Brno. Volume 3, p. 499. Czech Speleological Society. Praha. (2013, July 21)

Since 2003, the study of several quarries at the Belgian-Dutch border has made it possible to identify numerous karsts essentially developed in coarse chalk (calcarenites) of the Maastricht Formation ... [more ▼]

Since 2003, the study of several quarries at the Belgian-Dutch border has made it possible to identify numerous karsts essentially developed in coarse chalk (calcarenites) of the Maastricht Formation (Upper Cretaceous). This lithology is highly porous and is often considered unfavorable to karstification. However, caves, solution pipes, sponge networks, roof channel, pockets (alveoli) several meters in diameter developed inside without connection to fractures. These karsts belong to flooded karsts (caves and pockets) or to younger cryptokarsts (input karst type – thousands of solution pipes). When the endokarsts dewater, the high porosity of calcarenites inhibits closed caves from evolving. Tubular solution pipes are produced by the seepage water under fluvial terrace gravels and can exceed 30 m deep under the surface plateau. Sometimes, they encounter caves which are consequently filled and fossilized. By this process, they preserve caves from further collapsing inside a crumbly lithology. [less ▲]

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See detailVerification of a novel material model to predict damage in composite structures
Chiu, Louis N.S.; Falzon, Brian G.; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in International Conference on Structural Integrity and Fracture (2013, July 11)

An intralaminar damage model (IDM), based on continuum damage mechanics, was developed for the simulation of composite structures subjected to damaging loads. This model can capture the complex ... [more ▼]

An intralaminar damage model (IDM), based on continuum damage mechanics, was developed for the simulation of composite structures subjected to damaging loads. This model can capture the complex intralaminar damage mechanisms, accounting for mode interactions, and delaminations. Its development is driven by a requirement for reliable crush simulations to design composite structures with a high specific energy absorption. This IDM was implemented as a user subroutine within the commercial finite element package, Abaqus/Explicit[1]. In this paper, the validation of the IDM is presented using two test cases. Firstly, the IDM is benchmarked against published data for a blunt notched specimen under uniaxial tensile loading, comparing the failure strength as well as showing the damage. Secondly, the crush response of a set of tulip-triggered composite cylinders was obtained experimentally. The crush loading and the associated energy of the specimen is compared with the FE model prediction. These test cases show that the developed IDM is able to capture the structural response with satisfactory accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailIntervention ergonomique à visée cognitive pour le maintien au travail de patients atteints de sclérose en plaques : construction d’une méthodologie et validation d’un questionnaire
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Monisse, Aurélié; DELRUE, Gaël ULg et al

in Van de Leemput, Cécile (Ed.) Activités humaines, Technologies et Bien-être (2013, July 11)

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis patients (MS ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis patients (MS). At the moment, it does not exist any questionnaire that links the patients cognitive deficits with their professional situation. This lack of accurate assessment is detrimental to the patients job retention. Our questionnaire was constructed from review of literature and interviews of patients and experts. Three groups of patients answered the questionnaire: MS patients, diabetics patients and a control group. We controlled the effect of anxiety and depression and we conducted a factorial analysis that showed the existence of 3 factors: the ergonomics factor (that includes cognitive difficulties and resources and adaptation process), the description of work situation and the social support. The three groups of participants obtained similar results for the work description and the social support while the group of patients with MS obtained a higher score than the other 2 groups for the ergonomics factor. These results suggest that our questionnaire is specific to the MS patients population and to their difficulties they met in their work situations. These results offered also some ways to increase job retention in MS patients population. [less ▲]

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See detailDry galloping on bridge cables: roughness and shape effects on an inclined circular cylinder
Benidir, Adel; Flamand, Olivier; Gaillet, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of the European-African Conference on Wind Engineering 2013 (2013, July 09)

Dry galloping of stays in cable-stayed bridges is a phenomenon that is still of interest to the scientific community. Over the course of the current three-year research project numerous experiments will ... [more ▼]

Dry galloping of stays in cable-stayed bridges is a phenomenon that is still of interest to the scientific community. Over the course of the current three-year research project numerous experiments will be carried out to investigate the effect of turbulence and inclination angle on dry galloping. The novel aspect of this study consists of an in-depth investigation into the effect of non uniformity of the pipe surrounding the stay cables on the dry galloping excitation mechanism. Previous studies reported that dry galloping is caused by the appearance of a negative pressure bubble on one side of the circular cylinder at the critical Reynolds number range, leading to a rapid drop in the drag coefficient and the appearance of a non negligible lift force. This paper presents results from initial experiments in the wind tunnel at CSTB – Nantes, France. [less ▲]

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See detailUncoupled spectral analysis with non-proportional damping
Canor, Thomas ULg; Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the European-African Conference on Wind Engineering (2013, July 07)

The use of normal modes of vibration in the analysis of structures with non-proportional damping reduces the number of governing equations, but does not decouple them. A common practice consists in ... [more ▼]

The use of normal modes of vibration in the analysis of structures with non-proportional damping reduces the number of governing equations, but does not decouple them. A common practice consists in decoupling the equations by disregarding the off-diagonal elements of the modal damping matrix. This paper proposes a method based on the asymptotic expansion of the modal transfer matrix to take into account the modal coupling in Gaussian spectral analysis. First, the mathematical background is introduced, then the relevance of the method is illustrated within the context of the analysis of a large and real structure submitted to wind loadings. [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipal static wind loads
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in 6th Proceedings of European-African Conference on Wind Engineering (2013, July 07)

The concept of static wind load is widely used in practice for structural wind design. In this context, this paper assesses the envelope reconstruction problem stated as follows: find the best set of ... [more ▼]

The concept of static wind load is widely used in practice for structural wind design. In this context, this paper assesses the envelope reconstruction problem stated as follows: find the best set of static loadings that is optimum to reproduce by static analyses, the envelope values of structural responses resulting from a formal buffeting dynamic analysis. A solution was recently derived by means of Principal Static Wind Loads which are well-suited for this problem. The concept is illustrated with a large stadium roof and the accuracy of the envelope reconstruction is analysed. [less ▲]

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See detail3D Modeling of Thin Resistive Sheets in the Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Transient Scattering Analysis
Boubekeur, Mohamed; Kameni, Abelin; Bernard, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Conference on the Computation of Electromagnetic Fields (COMPUMAG 2013) (2013, July 03)

This papers presents a modeling of thin resistive sheets. An interface condition is used to avoid the fine mesh. The electromagnetic fields are computed with a time domain Discontinuous Galerkin method in ... [more ▼]

This papers presents a modeling of thin resistive sheets. An interface condition is used to avoid the fine mesh. The electromagnetic fields are computed with a time domain Discontinuous Galerkin method in order to evaluate the shielding effectiveness. A 3D cavity is treated to illustrate the efficiency of the condition. [less ▲]

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See detailThe VLTI/PIONIER survey of southern TTauri disks.
Anthonioz, Fabien; Ménard, Francois; Pinte, Christophe et al

in Protostars and Planets VI (2013, July 01)

Studying the inner regions of protoplanetary disks (1-10 AU) is of importance to understand the formation of planets and the accretion process feeding the forming central star. Herbig AeBe stars are ... [more ▼]

Studying the inner regions of protoplanetary disks (1-10 AU) is of importance to understand the formation of planets and the accretion process feeding the forming central star. Herbig AeBe stars are bright enough to be routinely observed by Near IR interferometers. The data for the fainter T Tauri stars is much more sparse. In this contribution we present the results of our ongoing survey at the VLTI. We used the PIONIER combiner that allows the simultaneous use of 4 telescopes, yielding 6 baselines and 3 independent closure phases at once. PIONIER's integrated optics technology makes it a sensitive instrument. We have observed 22 T Tauri stars so far, the largest survey for T Tauri stars to this date. Our results demonstrate the very significant contribution of an extended component to the interferometric signal. The extended component is different from source to source and the data, with several baselines, offer a way to improve our knowledge of the disk geometry and/or composition.These results validate an earlier study by Pinte et al. 2008 and show that the dust inner radii of T Tauri disks now appear to be in better agreement with the expected position of the dust sublimation radius, contrary to previous claims. [less ▲]

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See detailUnraveling the mystery of exozodiacal dust
Ertel, Steve; Augereau, Jean-Charles; Thebault, Philippe et al

in Protostars and Planets VI (2013, July 01)

Exozodiacal dust clouds are thought to be the extrasolar analogs of the Solar System's zodiacal dust. Studying these systems provides insights in the architecture of the innermost regions of planetary ... [more ▼]

Exozodiacal dust clouds are thought to be the extrasolar analogs of the Solar System's zodiacal dust. Studying these systems provides insights in the architecture of the innermost regions of planetary systems, including the habitable zone. Furthermore, the mere presence of the dust may result in major obstacles for direct imaging of earth-like planets. Our EXOZODI project aims to detect and study exozodiacal dust and to explain its origin. We are carrying out the first large, near-infrared interferometric survey in the northern (CHARA/FLUOR) and southern (VLTI/PIONIER) hemisphere. Preliminary results suggest a detection rate of up to 30% around A to K type stars and interesting trends with spectral type and age. In addition to the statistical analysis of our survey results, detailed modeling studies of single systems, modeling of possible dust creation mechanisms and the development of next-generation modeling tools dedicated to address the mystery of exozodiacal dust are main tasks of our project. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect determination of physical parameters for main sequence stars
Rabus, Markus; Lachaume, Regis; Brahm, Rafael et al

in Protostars and Planets VI (2013, July 01)

The environment of planetary formation and evolution is mainly characterized by its host star's physical properties. Until recently most fundamental stellar parameters, like e. g. the star's radius and ... [more ▼]

The environment of planetary formation and evolution is mainly characterized by its host star's physical properties. Until recently most fundamental stellar parameters, like e. g. the star's radius and effective temperature, have only been estimated indirectly; but with advances in interferometric observing technique it is now possible to obtain a direct estimate of them. In this poster we present preliminary results from measured interferometric fringe visibilities of main-sequence stars. These visibilities were collected using the four-beam combiner VLTI/PIONIER instrument and the 1.8m Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) in A1-G1-K0-J3 quadruplet configuration. We bracketed each science target with different calibrators to ensure reducing the systematic errors in our data. For each target star, the data reduction was performed several hundred times, each time randomizing the set of fringes by the bootstrap method and the calibrators' diameters. This allowed us to take into account error correlations across spectral channels, between consecutive observations, and overnight. Each result was least-squares fitted by a uniform disc, yielding a value for the target's diameter. From the distribution of diameters we assessed the statistical error in the respective measurement. Using the HIPPARCOS parallax we estimated the distance and obtained the star's linear radius. Combined with the bolometric flux we obtained a direct quantification of the effective temperature from the Stefan-Boltzmann equation. Finally, these direct determinations of stellar radii and effective temperatures enable us to better characterize planets around main-sequence stars. [less ▲]

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See detailYield variability linked to climate uncertainty and nitrogen fertilisation
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in Stafford, John V. (Ed.) Precision agriculture '13 (2013, July)

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilisation). In combination with a weather ... [more ▼]

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilisation). In combination with a weather generator, we built up a general methodology that allows studying the yield variability linked to climate uncertainty, in order to assess the best N practice. Our study highlighted that, applying the Belgian farmer current N practice (60 60 60 kgN.ha-1), the yield distribution was found to be very asymmetric with a skewness of -1.02 and a difference of 5% between the mean (10.5 t.ha-1) and the median (11.05 t.ha-1) of the distribution. Which implied that, under such practice, the probability for farmers to achieve decent yields, in comparison of the mean of the distribution, was the highest. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear Computational Homogenization Method for the Evaluation of Eddy Currents in Soft Magnetic Composites
Niyonzima, Innocent ULg; Sabariego, Ruth Vazquez; Dular, Patrick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Conference on the Computation of Electromagnetic Fields (COMPUMAG2013) (2013, July)

In this paper, a heterogeneous multiscale method (HMM) technique is applied to model the behaviour of electromagnetic fields in soft magnetic composites (SMC). Two problems are derived from the two-scale ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a heterogeneous multiscale method (HMM) technique is applied to model the behaviour of electromagnetic fields in soft magnetic composites (SMC). Two problems are derived from the two-scale homogenization theory: a macroscale problem that captures the slow variations of the overall solution, and many mesoscale problems that allow determining the constitutive laws at the macroscale. As application, an SMC core is considered. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple Viewpoints on Landscape Quality Assessment: some evidence from a survey in Wallonia and Romania
Schmitz, Serge ULg; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULg; Teleuca, Alexandra et al

in Morimoto, Takehiro; Ichikawa, Yasuo; Kim, Doo-Chul (Eds.) Globalization and New Challenges of Agricultural and Rural Systems (2013, July)

Actually assessing landscapes out of a specific framework is not an easy task due to the multiple functions that landscapes perform.The paper presents the result of a survey among landscape experts in ... [more ▼]

Actually assessing landscapes out of a specific framework is not an easy task due to the multiple functions that landscapes perform.The paper presents the result of a survey among landscape experts in Romania and Wallonia. Expert had to specify their level of agreement on 52 Likert items regarding landscape quality indicators [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence des communications sur la construction du common ground. Proposition d'une méthodologie d'analyse de la dynamique temporelle des échanges multimodaux.
Defays, Aurore ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg; Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULg

in van de Leemput, Cécile; Chauvin, Christine; Hellemans, Catherine (Eds.) Activités humaines, Technologies et Bien-être (EPIQUE 2013) (2013, July)

L’objectif de cette étude est de présenter une méthodologie d’analyse des communications multimodales dans les situations de conception collective. Cette méthodologie permet de décrire quelles sont les ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de cette étude est de présenter une méthodologie d’analyse des communications multimodales dans les situations de conception collective. Cette méthodologie permet de décrire quelles sont les modalités de communication qui supportent particulièrement l’élaboration du common ground, zone de partage indispensable pour l’efficacité de la communication, et donc pour la performance collaborative. La méthode présentée vise également à pouvoir identifier les articulations pertinentes entre modalités de communication, dans le sens où elles favorisent l’élaboration de ce processus. Dans une première phase de notre recherche, nous avons observé et analysé les échanges multimodaux tels qu’ils prennent place en situation « naturelle » (ou non-médiatisée) dans le but de prétester notre méthode, mais également de pouvoir comparer cette situation avec les situations de collaboration distantes et outillées par des nouvelles technologies que nous envisagerons par la suite. [less ▲]

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See detailContributions to the process modelling of resin infusion under flexible tooling (RIFT) manufacturing for composite aerostructures
Pierce, R.S.; Falzon, B.G.; Thompson, M.C. et al

in Proceedings of ICCM19 (2013, July)

The cost of manufacturing textile-reinforced composite aerostructures using Resin Infusion under Flexible Tooling (RIFT) can be reduced by computational modelling. This paper outlines the current progress ... [more ▼]

The cost of manufacturing textile-reinforced composite aerostructures using Resin Infusion under Flexible Tooling (RIFT) can be reduced by computational modelling. This paper outlines the current progress and contributions made towards this goal. A continuum-based material model was incorporated into a finite element package to simulate the draping of a dry carbon fibre fabric. It accurately tracks the changes in the warp and weft fibre orientations and has been experimentally validated. Material characterisation was performed to determine the tensile and shear properties of a plain weave fabric reinforcement material. In support of bias extension shear testing, an accessible Digital Image Correlation (DIC) approach was developed for accurate optical strain measurement. A relationship between permeability and shear angle was also experimentally determined using a novel permeability measurement technique. Future work is planned to combine all these aspects in an infusion model and demonstrate the complete process model. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of mechanical systems with local nonlinearities through discrete-time Volterra series and Kautz functions
Shiki, Sidney Bruce; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (2013, July)

Mathematical modeling of mechanical structures is an important research area in structural dynamics. One of the goals of this area is to obtain a model that accurately predicts the dynamics of the system ... [more ▼]

Mathematical modeling of mechanical structures is an important research area in structural dynamics. One of the goals of this area is to obtain a model that accurately predicts the dynamics of the system. However, the nonlinear eff ects caused by large displacements and boundary conditions like gap, backlash or joint are not as well understood as the linear counterpart. This paper identifies a non-parametric discrete-time Volterra model of a benchmark nonlinear structure consisting of a cantilever beam connected to a thin beam at its free end. Time-domain data experimentally measured are used to identify the Volterra kernels, which are expanded with orthogonal Kautz functions to facilitate the identification process. The nonlinear parameters are then estimated through a model updating process involving optimization of the residue between the numerical and experimental kernels. The advantages and drawbacks of the Volterra series for modeling the behavior of nonlinear structures are finally indicated with suggestions to overcome the disadvantages found during the tests. [less ▲]

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See detailA multirate approach to combine electromagnetic transients and fundamental-frequency simulations
Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. 10th International Conference on Power System Transients (2013, July)

Abstract--- A new multi-rate technique is proposed to combine fundamental-frequency simulation (typical of stability studies) with electromagnetic transients simulation. The objective of this hybrid ... [more ▼]

Abstract--- A new multi-rate technique is proposed to combine fundamental-frequency simulation (typical of stability studies) with electromagnetic transients simulation. The objective of this hybrid approach is to obtain more accurate simulations than with the fundamental-frequency approximation, while saving computing time by applying the detailed model to a subsystem only, in some neighbourhood of the disturbance. It also allows to remove some limitations of fundamental-frequency simulation, such as the difficulty of simulating unbalanced faults. A relaxation technique is used to iterate between both models with simple interfacing. Preliminary results obtained with a 74-bus test system are presented, together with a comparison with full electromagnetic transients simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailEquivalent static wind loads for structures with non-proportional damping
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Canor, Thomas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural dynamics (2013, July)

In current practice, wind structural design is often carried out using the concept of equivalent static wind loads. The main characteristic of such loadings is to reproduce, with static analyses, the same ... [more ▼]

In current practice, wind structural design is often carried out using the concept of equivalent static wind loads. The main characteristic of such loadings is to reproduce, with static analyses, the same extreme structural responses as those resulting from a formal buffeting analysis. This paper proposes a method for the computation of equivalent static wind loads for structures with slight non-proportional damping in a modal framework. Because of the smallness of the out-of diagonal terms, this method is based on recent developments related to asymptotic expansion of the modal transfer matrix of such structures. As a main benefit, the static loading is described as a perturbation of the equivalent loading that would be obtained for the uncoupled system. The main contribution of this paper is to formalize the expression of the correction terms resulting from the non-proportionality of damping. The method is presented with a detailed illustrative example. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of non-linear time-variant dynamic crop model using bayesian methods
Mansouri, Majdi ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in John Stafford (Ed.) Precision agriculture '13 (2013, July)

This work addresses the problem of predicting a non-linear time-variant leaf area index and soil moisture model (LSM) using state estimation. These techniques include the extended Kalman filter (EKF ... [more ▼]

This work addresses the problem of predicting a non-linear time-variant leaf area index and soil moisture model (LSM) using state estimation. These techniques include the extended Kalman filter (EKF), particle filter (PF) and the more recently developed technique, variational filter (VF). In the comparative study, the state variables (the leaf-area index LAI, the volumetric water content of the layer 1, HUR1 and the volumetric water content of the layer 2, HUR2) are estimated from noisy measurements of these variables, and the various estimation techniques are compared by computing the estimation root mean square error with respect to the noise-free data. The results show that VF provides a significant improvement over EKF and PF. [less ▲]

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See detailPoroelastic Center of Dilation Revisited
Huynen, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel

in Hellmich, Christian; Pichler, Bernhard; Dietmar, Adam (Eds.) Poromechanics V: Proceedings of the Fifth Biot Conference on Poromechanics (2013, July)

A comparison of the original elastic solution for the center of dilation with the classic Lame ́ solution reveals an unexpected dependence of the center of dilation solu- tion on Poisson’s ratio. This ... [more ▼]

A comparison of the original elastic solution for the center of dilation with the classic Lame ́ solution reveals an unexpected dependence of the center of dilation solu- tion on Poisson’s ratio. This inconsistency is investigated by means of two alternative representations of the singularity which lead to the identification of a compressed zone inside the singularity. The poroelastic equivalent to this nucleus of strain is shown to be the superposition of the elastic one with drained material parameters and an instan- taneous point fluid source associated with a finite volume of fluid that is expelled from the compressed region inside the singularity and is injected in the porous medium. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical and Experimental Investigation of Slot-Blowing Air Over a Cylinder
Runge, William; Buysschaert, Frank; Hayez, Jules et al

in Proceedings of the 5th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (2013, July)

Tangential slot blowing around a cylinder in the Coanda effect has been proposed as a mechanism for yaw control in a novel coaxial helicopter. The proposed design has been investigated computationally ... [more ▼]

Tangential slot blowing around a cylinder in the Coanda effect has been proposed as a mechanism for yaw control in a novel coaxial helicopter. The proposed design has been investigated computationally, using the unsteady k-ω SST solver in NUMECA, as well as experimentally in the wind tunnel at the Université de Liège. While the concept in general is promising, it has been shown that there are some potential problems, including pitch-yaw coupling and some unsteady flow conditions. These problems exist under varied circumstances, and, exist at least in part due to the complicated flow-field in this problem, even in 2-dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Proper Orthogonal Decomposition and Dynamic Mode Decomposition Methods for Comparing CFD Results Experimental Measurements
Guissart, Amandine ULg; Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 16th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2013 (2013, June 26)

A method for the quantitative comparison of numerical and/or experimental data of unsteady aerodynamics around static and oscillating bodies is introduced. It is based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition ... [more ▼]

A method for the quantitative comparison of numerical and/or experimental data of unsteady aerodynamics around static and oscillating bodies is introduced. It is based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) and Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD) to extract the dominant structures of the unsteady flow. The proposed method is applied to spatio-temporal data for the flow around a 4:1 rectangular cylinder. Exper- imental data are obtained from wind tunnel testing and two dimensional Time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (Tr-PIV) measurements, while unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (uRANS) are used to compute numerical results. It is demonstrated that the two approaches are complementary and represent a powerful tool that enables the analysis and the quantitative comparison of the main spatial (POD) and temporal (DMD) characteristics of unsteady aerodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailAeroelastic response of a 2-DOF wing with structural and aerodynamic nonlinearity
Norizham, Abdul Razak ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Proceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2013 (2013, June 25)

The aeroelastic behaviour of a wing oscillating in the heave and pitch degrees of freedom with continuos nonlinear stiffness is examined by means of wind tunnel experiments. The phenomena of interest are ... [more ▼]

The aeroelastic behaviour of a wing oscillating in the heave and pitch degrees of freedom with continuos nonlinear stiffness is examined by means of wind tunnel experiments. The phenomena of interest are classical flutter and limit cycle oscillation. The focus of the present work is the transformation of classical flutter into LCOs by varying the stiffness from linear to nonlinear stiffness. The interaction of flow separation-related nonlinearity with structural nonlinearities is also of interest. The measured aeroelastic responses are analyzed and the bifurcation behavior of the dynamic system is characterized. The analysis shows that the bifurcation behaviour is dictated neither by the structural nor from the aerodynamic nonlinearity but by a combination of the two. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the wheat distillers grains soluble ProtiWanze a valuable alternative to soybean and canola meals in beef cattle diet?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in ICPD (Ed.) Book of Abstracts (2013, June 24)

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed wheat distillers soluble ProtiWanze® (PW) in diets of beef cattle has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed wheat distillers soluble ProtiWanze® (PW) in diets of beef cattle has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the animals. PW by-product from a Belgian bio-ethanol plant which utilized only wheat without bran, is an acid (pH=4) liquid feed rich in energy (VEM= 1130) and protein (TP= 282 mg/kg DM). PW supplementation from 9 to 13% on DM basis has been tested in 4 suckler cows’ farms for 4 months in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, 2 BB (H1 and H3) and 1 Blonde d’Aquitaine (H2: 23 cows) herds were evaluated and in 2012, the Blonde d’Aquitaine herd was replaced by a third BBB herd (H4: 42 cows). Every month, animals’ health and production were checked by the mean of Body Condition Score, Ruminal Fill, Fecal Consistency, Undigested Fraction and Locomotion Scores determination, as described by Zaaier et al.(2001) and Sprecher et al.(1997). Ruminal fluid was sampled by a stomach tube (Ruminator®) on 5 cows for pH, redox potential (Methylene blue test) and protozoa assessment (optical microscopy). Reproduction performances of this 2 year’s-period were analyzed. Price of a diet containing the same amount of proteins brought by a mixture of 1/3 soybean and 2/3 canola meal was calculated to verify whether introducing PW reduced feeding costs. Whatever the concentration of PW used, no adverse effect has been observed concerning reproduction, production performance, ruminal pH. Feeding costs were reduced by 0.08 €/cow/day in 2011 and by 0.02 €/cow/day in 2012. This lower spared amount in 2012 is the consequence of the reduction in PW protein concentration while its price increased. Anyway, comparison has to take into account the energy brought by this CDS as it has been suggested by Petersen’s equation, which compares CDS price with soybean meal but also with maize price. Further argument to be considered, especially in BB, is the high PW palatability, its low ruminal filling value and better roughage digestion. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of bird wing flapping using the unsteady vortex lattice method
Gardiner, James; Norizham, Abdul Razak ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2013 (2013, June 24)

The flight of barnacle geese at airspeeds representing high-speed migrating flight is investigated using experiments and simulations. The experimental part of the work involved the filming of three ... [more ▼]

The flight of barnacle geese at airspeeds representing high-speed migrating flight is investigated using experiments and simulations. The experimental part of the work involved the filming of three barnacle geese flying at different airspeeds in a wind tunnel. The video footage was analysed in order to extract the wing kinematics. Additional information, such as wing geometry and camber was obtained from a 3D scan of a dried wing. An unsteady vortex lattice method was used to simulate the aerodynamics of the measured flapping motion. It was found that the simulation correctly predicted the shape of the wake and the fact that the wing is aerodynamically inactive during the upstroke. The predicted aerodynamic lift and thrust forces were very sensitive to the wing's camber. Future work will attempt to identify the sensitivity to all the wing shape and kinematic parameters. Additional phenomena will also be modelled, including passive twisting of the wingtip, body lift and leading edge suction. [less ▲]

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See detailHemoreactivity of polymeric carriers designed for drug delivery systems
Grandfils, Christian ULg; Sevrin, Chantal ULg

in Proceeding Biomedica 2013 (2013, June 19)

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See detailIMPLEMENTATION OF A WEAK COUPLING APPROACH BETWEEN A CFD AND AN FE SOFTWARE FOR FIRES IN COMPARTMENT
Tondini, Nicola; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Idelsohn, S; Papadrakakis, M; Schrefler, B (Eds.) V International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (2013, June 17)

The paper presents the assumptions and the issues that arise when developing an integrated modelling methodology between a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software applied to compartment fires and a ... [more ▼]

The paper presents the assumptions and the issues that arise when developing an integrated modelling methodology between a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software applied to compartment fires and a Finite Element (FE) software applied to structural systems subjected to fire. In particular, a weak coupling approach used to simulate a fire exposed structure by modelling the fire development in the compartment, the heat penetration in the structure and the mechanical response is described. The advantages and the disadvantages of such a technique are highlighted compared to a full coupling that conversely takes into account all mutual interactions. The favourable aspect of computing the thermal response of the structure in the FE model in order to avoid modelling the structure in the CFD model is underlined, namely a sensitive reduction of computational demand. Finally, the study is enriched by an application of this methodology that concerns the simulation of a pool fire in an open compartment the results of which are compared with those obtained by employing the simplified Hasemi model included in the Eurocodes. [less ▲]

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See detailChemically resistant encapsulant to enable a novel MEMS fabrication process
Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Walewyns, Thomas; Tooten, Ester et al

in Conf. Proceedings (2013, June 13)

We have proposed and demonstrated a novel sequence in MEMS fabrication process flow. The novel MEMS fabrication process flow can be shortly described as a “packaging first, MEMS release second”, whereas a ... [more ▼]

We have proposed and demonstrated a novel sequence in MEMS fabrication process flow. The novel MEMS fabrication process flow can be shortly described as a “packaging first, MEMS release second”, whereas a standard process starts form MEMS release and ends up with packaging. The process is explored on a 3D capacitive MEMS sensor (3 x 3 mm²). Unreleased wafer is singulated by sawing on individual dies, then the individual sensor is mounted to the package, wire bonded and encapsulated. Because the sensors are still unreleased there is no damage occurred during the assembly. However the choice for the encapsulant material is not evident. The encapsulant must survive the chemical attack during the MEMS release process (mixture of 73%HF and IPA (isopropanol)), followed by a triple rinse in IPA. We pre-selected 6 different encapsulants: a silicone-, an epoxy- and an urethane-based. At least one encapsulant passed the acceptance criteria: there is no delamination, there is no texture change and the encapsulant maintains a sufficient mechanical adhesion. Additionally to that we measured micro-hardness of the encapsulant before and after the HF release test. We also performed an electrical characterization of the flow meter sensor before and after the HF release and we detected no changes in the sensor’s performance caused by HF exposure. We have proposed and demonstrated a novel sequence for MEMS fabrication. We packaged the sensor first, and performed the release after that. The key enabler for the novel process is the encapsulant which can withstand exposure to the release solution (73%HF:IPA). [less ▲]

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See detailDYNAMIC LINE RATING AND AMPACITY FORECASTING AS THE KEYS TO OPTIMISE POWER LINE ASSETS WITH THE INTEGRATION OF RES. THE EUROPEAN PROJECT TWENTIES DEMONSTRATION INSIDE CENTRAL WESTERN EUROPE
Nguyen, Huu-Minh ULg; Schell, Peter; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg

in Proceedings of Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution (2013, June 12)

The general increase of Distributed & intermittent renewable Generation is pushing TSOs and DSOs to find innovative solutions to increase the capacity of their networks. Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) has ... [more ▼]

The general increase of Distributed & intermittent renewable Generation is pushing TSOs and DSOs to find innovative solutions to increase the capacity of their networks. Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) has proven to be a very promising solution to cope with this issue. However, few experiments so far have addressed ampacity forecasting, which is critical to allow the integration of DLR in the electricity market processes. To tackle this gap, we developed an algorithm based on real-time DLR measurements and weather forecasts, which provides ampacity forecasts up to two days ahead. This paper describes the results of the EU-funded TWENTIES Demo led in Belgium on two 150kV lines. Currently, the DLR system used provides a two-day ahead ampacity forecast with more than 10% average gain over static rating (dynamic gain forecast varying roughly between 0% and 30%) with 98% confidence. Operational gains allowed by this increase of flexibility are still being assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental analysis of the stability of coarse sediments
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Symposium on Two-phase Modelling for Sediment Dynamics in Geophysical Flows (2013, June 12)

To predict the inception of sediment motion, Shields diagram remains the most widely used criterion in engineering practice so far. However, this approach faces several limitations and a number of gaps in ... [more ▼]

To predict the inception of sediment motion, Shields diagram remains the most widely used criterion in engineering practice so far. However, this approach faces several limitations and a number of gaps in knowledge still remain. The present research aims to provide new knowledge about the inception of motion in rivers with coarse sediments. A series of experiments was conducted in a flume horizontal 6 m long and 15 cm wide. The bottom was paved, either entirely or partly, with gravels of approximately 12 mm in diameter. Ultrasonic sensors were used to measure the water depth, a flowmeter for the discharge, an ultrasonic velocity profiler (UVP) transducer for the flow velocity. Three different thresholds were defined to distinguish between the following states: no motion, vibration of stones, local motion, and large scale motion. The overwhelming influence of turbulence was emphasized by the conducted tests. This paper details the results of these experiments and demonstrates the need for further research in order to better quantify these effects. [less ▲]

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See detailGradient urbain-rural de la ville de Lubumbashi: dynamique entre 2002 et 2009
Andre, Marie ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

in Ernoult, Aude (Ed.) Dynamiques écologiques des paysages: de l'agricole à l'urbain (2013, June 12)

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See detailA Simplified Procedure to Assess the Strength of a Ship Impacting a Lock Miter Gate
Buldgen, Loïc ULg; Le Sourne, Hervé; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of the ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (2013, June 09)

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See detailPrédiction des performances sportives et détection précoce des myopathies par respirométrie à haute résolution
Votion, Dominique ULg; Serteyn, Didier ULg

in cheval athlète, stress oxydant & inflammation (2013, June 07)

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See detailA PML for convex truncated domains in time-dependent acoustics with a DG-FE discretization
Modave, Axel ULg; Lambrechts, Jonathan; Delhez, Eric ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mathematical and Numerical Aspects of Waves (WAVES 2013) (2013, June 03)

A new perfectly matched layer (PML) is proposed for convex truncated domains in the context of time-dependent acoustics. With this formulation, the size of the computational domain can be reduced when ... [more ▼]

A new perfectly matched layer (PML) is proposed for convex truncated domains in the context of time-dependent acoustics. With this formulation, the size of the computational domain can be reduced when classical shapes of truncated domains are less appropriate. A numerical discretization based on the discontinuous Galerkin method is then described and validated. An example of realistic three-dimensional application is finally proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of the operating conditions of an existing biomass CHP plant with respect to pollutants levels
Sartor, Kevin ULg; Restivo, Yannick ULg; Ngendakumana, Philippe ULg et al

in Proceedings of 21st Biomass Conference and Exhibition (2013, June 03)

While small and medium size biomass combined heat and power plants (i.e., up to 5 MW of electrical rated power) represent an attractive option to exploit locally available biomass resources at low cost ... [more ▼]

While small and medium size biomass combined heat and power plants (i.e., up to 5 MW of electrical rated power) represent an attractive option to exploit locally available biomass resources at low cost, the corresponding investment per unit of rated power significantly rises when the installed power decreases. In these cases, secondary pollutant emissions control measures are most of the time not economically viable and primary emissions control must be used alone to avoid the formation of undesired compounds such as $NO_x$ and $SO_x$. Primary control measures require the careful optimization of fuel quality and combustion process. For plant operators, being able to accommodate biomass quality changes in order to minimize the fuel cost can be of great importance in order to guarantee the profitability of the plant. This contribution is dedicated to the development of zero-dimensional (input-output) combustion simulation model able to predict the pollutants emissions resulting from complete and incomplete combustion with respect to varying combustion operation (ambient temperature, humidity, fumes recirculation,..). This tool is intended to be integrated in global simulation model of the CHP plant and the attached district heating network installed on the University campus in Liège. Doing so, the plant operation can be optimized with respect to economic as well as environmental and energetic aspects (3E approach) thus ensuring the sustainability of the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailShip Manoeuvring Behaviour in Crossing Current Near-by a Lock
HASEGAWA, K; OH, K G; Ahmed, Y A et al

in VanTorre, Marc (Ed.) Third International Conference on Ship Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water (2013, June 03)

Ship behaviour in current is one of the classical problems in ship manoeuvrability. However, it is not yet fully investigated. The study is motivated by an assessment study on the ship navigation near by ... [more ▼]

Ship behaviour in current is one of the classical problems in ship manoeuvrability. However, it is not yet fully investigated. The study is motivated by an assessment study on the ship navigation near by a river lock where relatively strong current exists. It is demonstrated how a ship behaves in the current and relatively large drift angle may happen, if the current is comparative to ship speed. In this situation, the hydrodynamic forces and moment acting on a ship is not any more at the range of lift force/moment, and therefore normal mathematical model cannot be applied. Similar situation may occur in case of rapid river stream condition, when a ship losts its power in current. At East Japan Great Earthquake happened in 2011, many ships without their power were drifting in tsunami. It is urgent matter to investigate on the ship behaviour in such situation. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Observational Study of Mixing in Fast-Rotating Massive Stars: Description of the Method and Very First Results
Morel, Thierry ULg; Palate, Matthieu ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

Collecting He and CNO abundances for a large sample of fast-rotating massive stars is crucial for addressing the efficiency of rotational mixing in these objects. This is becoming a pressing issue ... [more ▼]

Collecting He and CNO abundances for a large sample of fast-rotating massive stars is crucial for addressing the efficiency of rotational mixing in these objects. This is becoming a pressing issue following the recent recognition based on observations by the VLT-FLAMES Survey of massive stars that fast rotators can show no signs of deep mixing contrary to the predictions of models. We have embarked in a project aiming at determining the abundances of the key elements indicators of mixing in a sample of bright, Galactic OB dwarfs. We present here the method and the very first results for two of the fastest OB stars known vsin i = 400 km/s : HD 93521 and zeta Oph. [less ▲]

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See detailMassive Stars in the Gaia-ESO Survey
Blomme, Ronny; Fremat, Yves; Lobel, Alex et al

in Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

The Gaia-ESO Survey (GES) is an ambitious project to study the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and its stellar populations. It is led by Gerry Gilmore and Sofia Randich and includes about 350 Co ... [more ▼]

The Gaia-ESO Survey (GES) is an ambitious project to study the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and its stellar populations. It is led by Gerry Gilmore and Sofia Randich and includes about 350 Co-Investigators. During 300 nights (spread over 5 years) of order 10^5 Giraffe spectra and 10^4 UVES spectra will be taken. As part of the survey, about 13 clusters will be observed that were chosen specifically for their massive-star content. We report on the preliminary analysis of GES data from two such clusters: NGC 3293 and NGC 6705. We determine stellar parameters for the B-type stars in NGC 3293 and compare the A-type stars population between the two clusters. We also use a repeat observation to study binarity and use the radial velocity information to study cluster membership in NGC 3293. We also list our plans for future observations, which include the Carina nebula region. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous X-ray and Optical Variability Study of the O-star Binary delta Orionis with Chandra and MOST
Nichols, Joy; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Ignace, Richard et al

in Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

We report preliminary results from variability analysis of delta Ori in Chandra high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and concurrent MOST high-precision optical photometry. With nearly complete phase ... [more ▼]

We report preliminary results from variability analysis of delta Ori in Chandra high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and concurrent MOST high-precision optical photometry. With nearly complete phase coverage of the 5-day eclipsing binary orbit, it is possible to measure directly radial velocity and flux variations as a function of phase, leading to a mapping of the stellar wind distribution for the massive primary star. The phase dependence of the X-ray overall intensity and the comparative behavior of the emission lines are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nebula around the Luminous Blue Variable WRAY 15-751 as seen by Herschel
Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

To understand the evolution of massive stars it is crucial to study the nebulae associated to Luminous Blue Variables which can reveal the star mass-loss history. We obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS ... [more ▼]

To understand the evolution of massive stars it is crucial to study the nebulae associated to Luminous Blue Variables which can reveal the star mass-loss history. We obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula associated with the Luminous Blue Variable star WRAY 15-751. These images revealed a second nebula, bigger and cooler, lying in an empty cavity that probably delineates the remnant of the O-star bubble formed when the star was on the Main Sequence. The dust mass and temperature were derived from the modeling of the far-infrared SED. The analysis of the emission line spectrum revealed that the main nebula consists of a region of photoionised gas surrounded by a thin photodissociation region. Both regions are mixed with dust. The calculated C, N, O abundances, together with the estimated mass-loss rate, show that the nebula was ejected from the star during a Red Supergiant phase. This is compatible with the latest evolutionary tracks for a ~40 Mo star with little rotation. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent results on the hierarchical triple system HD 150136
Gosset, Eric ULg; Berger, J. P.; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Bonanos, Alceste (Ed.) Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

HD 150136 is a hierarchical triple system, non-thermal radio emitter, made of three O stars totalling some 130 solar masses. The 2.67-day inner orbit is rather well-known. Recent works derived a good ... [more ▼]

HD 150136 is a hierarchical triple system, non-thermal radio emitter, made of three O stars totalling some 130 solar masses. The 2.67-day inner orbit is rather well-known. Recent works derived a good approximation for the outer orbit with a period of 3000 days. We report here on interferometric observations that allow us to angularly resolve the outer orbit. First evidences for an astrometric displacement are given. The determination of the outer system orbit gives access to the inclinations of the systems and to the masses, including the one of the O3-O3.5 primary star. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of a fluid and a solid approach for the numerical simulation of Friction Stir Welding with a non-cylindrical pin
Bussetta, Philippe ULg; Dialami, Narges; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Proceedings of "V International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering" (2013, June)

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) process is a solid-state joining process during which materials to be joined are not melted. As a consequence, the heat-affected zone is smaller and the quality of the weld is ... [more ▼]

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) process is a solid-state joining process during which materials to be joined are not melted. As a consequence, the heat-affected zone is smaller and the quality of the weld is better with respect to more classical welding processes. Because of extremely high strains in the neighbourhood of the tool, classical numerical simulation techniques have to be extended in order to track the correct material deformations. The Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formulation is used to preserve a good mesh quality throughout the computation. With this formulation the mesh displacement is independent from the material displacement. Moreover, some advanced numerical techniques such as remeshing or a special computation of transition interface is needed to take into account non-cylindrical tools. During the FSW process, the behaviour of the material in the neighbourhood of the tool is at the interface between solid mechanics and fluid mechanics. Consequently, a numerical model of the FSW process based on a solid formulation is compared to another one based on a fluid formulation. It is shown that these two formulations essentially deliver the same results in terms of pressures and temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction and measurement of the random incidence scattering coefficient of periodic reflective rectangular diffuser profiles
Schmich-Yamane, Isabelle; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Müller-Trapet, Markus et al

in Proceedings of the 2013 ICA Congress (2013, June)

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See detailCOORDINATED VOLTAGE CONTROL OF DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS HOSTING DISPERSED GENERATION
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Valverde, Gustavo ULg

in Proc. 22nd International conference on Electricity Distribution (2013, June)

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of dispersed generation. The algorithm resorts to model predictive control to smoothly bring ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of dispersed generation. The algorithm resorts to model predictive control to smoothly bring unsatisfactory voltages inside the desired range of values. Using a sensitivity model, the controller calculates optimal power output changes of distributed generators to correct the network voltages, giving priority to reactive over active power. Simulations results are presented on a 32-bus test system and three variants of the optimization problem are compared. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of grinding media alloys on the flotation performances at Ellatsite plant (Bulgaria)
Bastin, David ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Jacques, Simon et al

in Proceedings of the XV Balkan Mineral Processing Congress (2013, June)

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See detailUsing mobile milking robots for special quality dairy products based on site specific grazing
Oudshoorn, F.W.; Philipsen, B.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in A Helgadóttir (Ed.) Grassland Science in Europe : The role of Grasslands in a Green Future - Threats and Perspectives in Less Favoured Areas (2013, June)

An option for combining grazing and automatic milking is Infield Automatic Milking, with more or less mobile infield automatic milking systems (IAMS), which have been practiced since 2008 in several ... [more ▼]

An option for combining grazing and automatic milking is Infield Automatic Milking, with more or less mobile infield automatic milking systems (IAMS), which have been practiced since 2008 in several European countries. This emerging technology can be used to harvest milk from specific areas, giving specialized dairies the possibility to market concept milk, cheese or butter. Terroir dairy can be a new way to increase marginal product value and thereby farm income. Three different options are described; i) the IAMS placed on a stationary platform in the field, ii) movable together with facilities necessary for the functionality from field to field, iii) as a self propelled moving unit that changes positions in the field every day, requiring transportation of the milk to the field border. All systems could guarantee dairy products based on maximum grazing for the period the pasture can provide sufficient feeding. Batch size depends on the dairies minimum process volume for the specific products, local conditions will be decisive for the amount of days needed for pooling before production. [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 Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

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 detailNumerical investigation of continuous fiber glass drawing
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

in Idelsohn, Sergio R; Papadrakakis, Manolis; Schrefler, Bernhard A (Eds.) Proceedings of the V International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (2013, June)

The physics of glass fiber drawing is studied through numerical simulations and experimental measurements, with a focus on the fluid region, from the hole tip at the bushing plate to the glass transition ... [more ▼]

The physics of glass fiber drawing is studied through numerical simulations and experimental measurements, with a focus on the fluid region, from the hole tip at the bushing plate to the glass transition point. The influence of the different heat transfer mechanisms is investigated to understand their respective impact on fiberization, such as fiber radius attenuation and internal stresses. Numerical predictions are then compared to experimental data measurements obtained from a dedicated fiberization unit. Numerical and experimental results show a good agreement. In particular, it is found that the ambient air temperature and the radiation have an important impact on the fiber cooling rate. Moreover, for a prescribed fiber diameter, internal stresses are lower when operating at a higher temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart agritourism: How to take advantage of local and regional assets?
Dubois, Charline ULg; Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Helgadóttir, Guðrún (Ed.) NAF 2013 – Rural Tourism, Challenges in Changing Times (2013, June)

Agritourism, subset of rural tourism, is defined in Wallonia and in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as a tourist accommodation or a set of tourist activities on an active farm. In these regions, rural ... [more ▼]

Agritourism, subset of rural tourism, is defined in Wallonia and in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as a tourist accommodation or a set of tourist activities on an active farm. In these regions, rural environment becomes a recreation place for tourist seeking for rurality and also proximity of agriculture. Because of the difficulties of some agricultural areas in West European countryside, some farmers, actors of rural milieu in transformation, open their farmhouse to g! uests while other actors, among which authorities, imagine agr! itourism as an easy and magic solution to the safeguard of rural life. This paper analyses the agritourism development through its socio-economic and environmental assets to understand what influences its development in a particular region. How does it deal with environmental assets, relative proximity and local community? The analysis is based on data collected through surveys and interviews in Wallonia and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: 1148 questionnaires were administered in tourist locations in July and August 2012, and 31 life histories were collected from farmers these last three winters. The paper highlights that the farm has both to find a niche on the rural tourist market and to take advantage of embeddedness in the local and the regional contexts. This approach of linking typology of Walloon and Luxembourg agritourist products, type of rural areas and geographical settings shows that it cannot be limited only to environmental assets and that other factors infl! uence the development of particular agritourist products such as the accessibility, the local community, the hospitality, the rural development policy, the farming orientation, and the complementarity with tourist places. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing mobile milking robots for special quality dairy products based on site specific grazing
Oudshoorn, F.W.; Philipsen, B.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in A Helgadóttir (Ed.) Grassland Science in Europe : The role of Grasslands in a Green Future - Threats and Perspectives in Less Favoured Areas (2013, June)

An option for combining grazing and automatic milking is Infield Automatic Milking, with more or less mobile infield automatic milking systems (IAMS), which have been practiced since 2008 in several ... [more ▼]

An option for combining grazing and automatic milking is Infield Automatic Milking, with more or less mobile infield automatic milking systems (IAMS), which have been practiced since 2008 in several European countries. This emerging technology can be used to harvest milk from specific areas, giving specialized dairies the possibility to market concept milk, cheese or butter. Terroir dairy can be a new way to increase marginal product value and thereby farm income. Three different options are described; i) the IAMS placed on a stationary platform in the field, ii) movable together with facilities necessary for the functionality from field to field, iii) as a self propelled moving unit that changes positions in the field every day, requiring transportation of the milk to the field border. All systems could guarantee dairy products based on maximum grazing for the period the pasture can provide sufficient feeding. Batch size depends on the dairies minimum process volume for the specific products, local conditions will be decisive for the amount of days needed for pooling before production. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic Simulations of Combined Transmission and Distribution Systems using Decomposition and Localization
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. IEEE PES 2013 PowerTech Conference (2013, June)

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled is a challenging task. On the one hand, it is difficult to set up equivalents restituting the dynamic behavior of ... [more ▼]

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled is a challenging task. On the one hand, it is difficult to set up equivalents restituting the dynamic behavior of aggregated loads and distributed generation units. On the other hand, representing all distribution networks in detail is computationally very demanding. In this paper, the combination of a domain-decomposition approach with the exploitation of the localized nature of power system responses to disturbances is proposed. Distribution networks marginally participating to the system dynamics are automatically replaced by simple models, while the others are simulated with full detail, thereby preserving simulation accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a concept of operation using BIM technologies to improve productivity in construction projects.
Tahrani, Souha; Schmitz, Dimitri ULg; Leonard, Michael et al

in Proceedings CSCE 2013 (2013, June)

The main objective of this paper is to evaluate the potential role of approaches that integrates the BIM and productivity measurement tools to increase the productivity in construction. A concept of ... [more ▼]

The main objective of this paper is to evaluate the potential role of approaches that integrates the BIM and productivity measurement tools to increase the productivity in construction. A concept of operation will be proposed in the context of a pilot project that is designed to be used in future projects that use a new constructive system which is developed by industrial partners; this system offers a controlled and protected building environment. The research methodology is structured into four steps. 1) Benchmarking the firm's current situation through direct observations, surveys and interviews to identify issues and challenges related to the use of technologies, the current process, and the organizational structure of the project. 2) Defining the desired situation based on the project’s stakeholders’ expectations. 3) Using Focus Groups to determine and sort the requirements for an instrumentation of the new Construction Process. 4) Determining the instrumentation to be installed to support the new operation modes that are to be used by industrial partners. This instrumentation is supported by BIM, Productivity and ICT tools, and will be validated through site tests and interviews with project’s stakeholders. Preliminary results showed a problem of coordination and communication in the project, and identified resistance factors to technology adoption, specifically BIM implementation. The paper also highlights several wastes that have been found during pilot project analysis, and that have been correlated to the wastes found from literature. [less ▲]

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See detailAircraft engine gas path diagnostic methods: public benchmarking results
Simon, Donald; Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg et al

in Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2013 (2013, June)

Recent technology reviews have identified the need for objective assessments of aircraft engine health management (EHM) technologies. To help address this issue, a publicly available gas path diagnostic ... [more ▼]

Recent technology reviews have identified the need for objective assessments of aircraft engine health management (EHM) technologies. To help address this issue, a publicly available gas path diagnostic benchmarking problem has been created and made publicly available. This software tool, referred to as the Propulsion Diagnostic Method Evaluation Strategy (ProDiMES), has been constructed based on feedback provided by individuals within the aircraft EHM community. It provides a standard benchmarking problem enabling users to develop, evaluate and compare diagnostic methods. This paper will present an overview of ProDiMES along with a description of four gas path diagnostic methods developed and applied to the problem. These methods, which include analytical and empirical diagnostic techniques, will be described and associated blind test case metric results will be presented and compared. Lessons learned along with recommendations for improving the public benchmarking processes will also be presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling and simulation of the domestic energy use in Belgium following a bottom-up approach
Georges, Emeline ULg; Gendebien, Samuel ULg; Bertagnolio, Stéphane ULg et al

in Proceedings of the CLIMA 2013 11th REHVA World Congress & 8th International Conference on IAQVEC (2013, June)

The present paper presents a “bottom-up” approach dedicated to the modeling and simulation of the domestic energy use. This methodology focuses first on a microanalysis (i.e. modeling and simulation of a ... [more ▼]

The present paper presents a “bottom-up” approach dedicated to the modeling and simulation of the domestic energy use. This methodology focuses first on a microanalysis (i.e. modeling and simulation of a set of representative households). Results from this micro-analysis are then used and extended to allow drawing conclusions at a macro-scale. The methodology can be validated by comparing simulation results to annual national energy consumption indexes or synthetic load profiles (energy consumption profiles generated from values of predefined past periods). Once the method is validated, it can be used to study the impact of different retrofit scenarios on the annual energy use and on the energy demand profiles. This paper describes the methodology developed for Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding the role of subcultures in the enterprise architecture process
Niemietz, Hella; De Kinderen, Sybren; Constantinidis, Christina ULg

in ECIS 2013 Proceedings (2013, June)

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is positioned as an instrument for coordinating enterprise transformation. However, existing EA approaches pay less attention to soft factors that may have an impact on ... [more ▼]

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is positioned as an instrument for coordinating enterprise transformation. However, existing EA approaches pay less attention to soft factors that may have an impact on enterprise transformations. The existence of different organisational subcultures is not taken into account although it is considered as significant in the context of change. The social alignment of business and IT groups plays, for instance, a major role in transformations and in EA. This paper presents the first step of a larger study addressing the question how differences between organisational subcultures contribute to struggles/failure of EA-guided transformations. We use a series of qualitative, unstructured expert interviews to explore to what extent and how cultural differences can trigger struggles in EA-guided transformations from an architect’s perspective. Based on these interviews, an initial conceptual model is developed. This model suggests that communication breakdowns act as an intermediary factor between differences in organisational subculture and transformation struggles. A second round of expert interviews is used for the assessment and elaboration of the initial model focusing on communication breakdowns. The analysis of these interviews supports the intermediary role of communication breakdowns and refines the concepts of the model. [less ▲]

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See detailA Site-Specific Grain Yield Response Surface : Computing the Identity Card of a Crop Under Different Nitrogen Management Scenarios
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in The acts of the EFITA2013 congress (2013, June)

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilization). In combination with a weather ... [more ▼]

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilization). In combination with a weather generator, we propose a general methodology that allows studying the yield variability linked to climate uncertainty, in order to assess the best practices in applying fertilizers. Our study highlights that, using the usual practice of Belgian farmers, namely applying three doses of 60kgN/ha, the yield’s distribution presents the highest degree of asymmetry. This implies the highest probability to achieve yields superior to the mean. The computed return time of expected yield shows that 9 years out of 10, a grain yield of 7.26 tons.ha-1 could at least be achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailDistributed load interruption and shedding against voltage delayed recovery or instability
Otomega, Bogdan; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. IEEE PES 2013 PowerTech Conference (2013, June)

This paper deals with a two-part system integrity protection scheme to be installed in distribution networks, to counteract fault-induced delayed voltage recovery or even short-term voltage instability ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with a two-part system integrity protection scheme to be installed in distribution networks, to counteract fault-induced delayed voltage recovery or even short-term voltage instability due to induction motors. The first part consists of a fast triggered but temporary reduction of some loads to facilitate motor re-acceleration after fault clearing. The second part resorts to load shedding, as a back-up. The scheme relies on purely distributed controllers; each of them measures a bus voltage and interrupts/disconnects load at the same bus. Tests have been performed on a generic MV/LV system. They illustrate the benefit of load interruption and the selectivity of the proposed scheme. [less ▲]

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See detailASSESSMENT OF FATIGUE RELIABILITY FOR JACKET-TYPE OFFSHORE PLATFORMS CONSIDERING DYNAMIC BEHAVOIR
Reza Khedmati, Mohammad; Rigo, Philippe ULg; Amrane, Amirouche ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering OMAE 2013 (2013, June)

In order to traditionally investigate the strength of marine structures, the structure is subjected to a maximum static load. However, the marine structures are usually suffering environmental forces ... [more ▼]

In order to traditionally investigate the strength of marine structures, the structure is subjected to a maximum static load. However, the marine structures are usually suffering environmental forces varying with time. Wave forces are the most important time dependent loading that causes fatigue in structural elements and joints. In this paper different methods base on S-N curve and linear elastic failure mechanics are presented. The governing equations and theories that are used in each method are expressed and the application of each method will be discussed. The two main methods of deterministic analyses are: stressbased approach (S-N curve approach) and linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) approaches. These approaches are applicable to different analyzing strategies, ie the first approach is used for cases in which general form of fatigue is dominant, but the latter involves the calculations of reliability as functions of crack geometry and its boundary conditions. The SPD12C jacket platform is also modeled as a case study and the results of fatigue reliability analysis are presented. In this paper a comprehensive method is presented to accurately predict the reliability of offshore platforms. This method is based on S-N curve and the results are compared with the fatigue life of joints. Due to nonlinear interaction of soil and piles and the other affecting parameters such as flexibility of joints, non Gaussian procedure of loading, and nonlinearity of reaction force, the precise analyzing of stress levels will be impossible and a complex numerical analysis could only give limited information about the statistical properties of stress. In order to perform the fatigue analysis and predicting the cycles of stress SACS was used which is known as a powerful software in designing and analyzing offshore structures. In this paper the whole structure was modeled subjected to different forces such as wave and sea currents. The effects of parameters such as marine growth and interaction of soil and piles are also included. The latter is shown to have a significant effect on determination of fatigue life of the platform. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of biological markers to evaluate the adaptation of the newborn Belgian Blue calf to the extrauterine life. A pilot study.
Ronzoni, Anna ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; De Marchin, Emmanuelle et al

in Dalin, Göran (Ed.) 15th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farms Animals, Book of Abstracts (2013, June)

Adaptation to extrauterine life and immunity transfer at calving are more at stake when dealing with highly productive breeds such as the Belgian Blue Cattle Breed (BBCB). The purpose of the present pilot ... [more ▼]

Adaptation to extrauterine life and immunity transfer at calving are more at stake when dealing with highly productive breeds such as the Belgian Blue Cattle Breed (BBCB). The purpose of the present pilot study was to evaluate different blood markers, from the birth to the first week of life in BBCB calves, in order to investigate fundamental aspects of the adaptation to the extrauterine life as passive immunity transfer and early energy metabolism. Eighty calves coming from 10 different farms located in Wallonia (Belgium) were enrolled. A clinical examination was performed to verify viability and maturity at birth. Blood samples were collected at birth, day 1 and day 3 to 7. Passive immunity transfer analysis included serum and colostrum immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentration, and plasmatic selenium concentration (Se). Glycemia, serum insulin and cortisol concentration have been considered for the energy metabolism analysis. The data collected were statistically analysed using logistic regression and unpaired t-test. All calves were born alive, viable and mature by caesarean section. Mortality rate was 0% at one week and 5% at three months. Only 33% of calves had an IgG concentration >16g/L after one week of age, while only 34% of colostra had an IgG concentration >70g/L. Glycemia and serum insulin concentration at birth were significantly lower than other breeds, and plasmatic selenium concentration were coherent with low supplemented dams. We compared calves across IgG concentration classes (>16 g/L vs <16g/L). The crosssectional analysis of the risk of FPT when given low IgG concentration colostra has shown a non significant odd ratio (OR 1,058 and 0,39116 g/L) (p<0,001). No significant difference has been shown between cortisol and glycemia (p=0,3) nor insulin and glycemia (p=0,2) at birth. These data suggest a significant difference in BBCB calves on several metabolic markers, but they also revealed that immunity transfer and micronutrition of pregnant hyper-productive dams remain a challenge in modern farms. [less ▲]

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See detailL'emplâtre Isis et autres recettes d'origine égyptienne
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Pardon-Labonnelie, Muriel (Ed.) La coupe d'Hygie. Médecine et chimie dans l'Antiquité (2013, June)

Study the context of emergence and spread of Isis plaster and other related recipes, which seem to come from an Egyptian priestly context.

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See detailImpact of different endurance races on the heart: the point of view of the biologist
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; Thébault, Jérémie et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of intense exercise, represented by different endurance races, in relationship with oxidative stress and cardiac markers. In a second time, we ... [more ▼]

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of intense exercise, represented by different endurance races, in relationship with oxidative stress and cardiac markers. In a second time, we tried to demonstrate if oxidative stress induced by physical activity is a physiological or pathological process, and to establish some issues to diagnose the risk of sudden death in athletes. Methods Four populations were compared, a control group of 16 participants “sedentary” (37 ± 4,39 years old), a group of 24 semi-marathon runners (41 years ± 8,76 years old), a group of 28 marathon runners (44,1 ± 8,37 years old) and a group of 33 ultra-trail runners (45,8 ± 8,7 years old). Three blood tests were drowned, one just before, one just after, and the last three hours after the end of the race.Different oxidative and stress and cardiac biomarkers were measured. The ultra-trail runners will be subject to an echocardiography and an ECG pre- and post-race. For statistical analysis, STATISTICA 10 software was used. We performed a non-parametric test of Kruskal-Wallis for independent sample and a Friedman ANOVA for paired samples. Results Myeloperoxydase increased during exercise, but the release is less important according to the level of training of the runners. GSH/GSSG ratio seems to remain stable during the race but it could increase during the 24 hours post-race. There is a decrease in lipidic peroxidation during exercise. But, we note an increase of creatine kinase, isoform MB, myoglobin and C-reactive protein during the race. We observe an increase of troponin T and natriuretic peptide but with a different kinetic than the kinetic obtained for a myocardial infarction. Medical imaging in ultra-trail runners present cardiac adaptations to endurance training, as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and incomplete right bundle branch block (IRBBB). A decrease of systolic and diastolic volumes of the left ventricle and a decrease of longitudinal strain were observed by echocardiography at the end of the race. Conclusion Endurance races induce the income of oxidative stress objectified by different biomarkers increase, but a cell necrosis is not specially observed. In fact, the increase of the cardiac markers during endurance races but may be explained by a transient modification of myocyte permeability, with a release of pool cytosolic. These races may induce micro-muscle damages causing the appearance of an inflammatory process explaining our observations of markers of inflammation. For the medical imaging, it was observed a myocardial adaptation to training and a transient impairment of ventricular function due to dehydration. [less ▲]

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See detailMineralogical characterization of a gold ore through a computational mineral liberation analysis
Rojas, Ronald; Torem, Mauricio; Merma, Antonio et al

in Proceedings of the XV Balkan Mineral Processing Congress - BMPC 2013 (2013, June)

This work presents the mineralogical characterization of a very low-grade Brazilian gold ore. The aim is to provide mineralogical information and liberation distribution characteristics in order to assess ... [more ▼]

This work presents the mineralogical characterization of a very low-grade Brazilian gold ore. The aim is to provide mineralogical information and liberation distribution characteristics in order to assess a possible economic byproducts recovery. This may include a direct tailings processing or alternative gold processing routes. It was studied the distribution of all minerals present in the ore, mainly the gangue minerals. Distribution based on speciation, particle size, mineralogical association and liberation determined through the use of the automated analytical Scanning Electron Microscope technique (MLA). The study is complemented with chemical and mineralogical analysis by XRF and XRD respectively. It also includes particle size analysis, gravity separation and magnetic separation tests. Chemical analysis showed that the ore consists essentially of SiO2 (62.33%), Al2O3 (15.95%), Fe2O3 (7.66%), K2O (4.60%), TiO2 (1%) and others (8.46%). Based on this analysis, the study was mainly directed to the characterization of titanium-bearing minerals due to its economic importance. Therefore, minerals as ilmenite, rutile and anatase were identified as the Ti-bearing minerals. After a meticulous analysis of the results, it was identified a possible route for processing TiO2, taking into account the mineralogical and liberation point of view. [less ▲]

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See detailIsocinétisme : aspects spécifiques chez le sportif
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Abstract Book de la 1ère Journée de Rééducation de l'INSEP (2013, June)

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See detailUse of Time- and Frequency-Domain Approaches for Damage Detection in Civil Engineering Structures
Nguyen, Viet Ha; Mahowald, Jean; Maas, Stefan et al

in Maia, NMM; Neves, NM; Sampaio, RPC (Eds.) International Conference on Structural Engineering Dynamics : ICEDyn 2013, Sesimbra 17-19 June 2013 (2013, June)

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The first structure is the ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The first structure is the Champangshiehl Bridge located in Luxembourg. Several damage levels were intentionally created by cutting a growing number of prestressed tendons and vibration data were acquired by the University of Luxembourg for each damaged state. The second example consists in reinforced and prestressed concrete panels. Successive damages were introduced in the panels by loading heavy weights and by cutting steel wires. The illustrations show different consequences in damage identification by the considered techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear dynamic analysis of an F-16 aircraft using GVT data
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics (2013, June)

This paper aims at investigating the nonlinear dynamics of an F-16 aircraft, based upon sine-sweep data collected during a ground vibration test (GVT) campaign. Various analysis techniques, including the ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at investigating the nonlinear dynamics of an F-16 aircraft, based upon sine-sweep data collected during a ground vibration test (GVT) campaign. Various analysis techniques, including the mere visual inspection of the time series, the wavelet transform and the restoring force surface method, are utilised and reveal that the F-16 wing-to-payload mounting interfaces exhibit both softening and hardening nonlinearities. [less ▲]

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See detailExuberant inflammatory reaction after an infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively ... [more ▼]

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively new treatment for tendinopathies. To date, no side effects have been reported after infiltration of PRP to treat tendinopathy. Case report: A 35-year-old patient had a right upper patellar tendinopathy which was resistant to all conservative treatments for more than 6 months. The patient was a type 1 diabetic (well controlled). He had an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after disinfection but without local anaesthetic. Immediately following the infiltration, local cryotherapy was performed for 15 minutes. NSAIDs were avoided, but class-1 or -2 pain-killers were authorised if necessary. A standardised sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should have been started 1 week after. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain which appeared just underneath the patella, but without biological inflammatory syndrome. A great Doppler signal in a thicker patellar tendon was observed by US, but there was no sign of local infectious disease demonstrated by either CT or MRI. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a progressive 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAIDs and colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was neither evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome nor sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. An antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg) was initiated for 3 months. Finally, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1 treated by a classical physical therapy and concomitant class-2 pain killers. The evolution was favourable after 6 months of symptomatic treatment, and the pain decreased to a level similar to that before the infiltration of PRP. Discussion/Conclusions: This case report draws attention to potential side effects that are linked to this new therapy by infiltration of platelet rich plasma in case of tendinopathy, in particular when used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. Reference: Platelet-rich plasma application in the management of chronic tendinopathies. Acta Orthop Belg 2013; 79: 10-15. [less ▲]

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See detailApport des TICE dans la mise en place d'une pédagogie active pour les grands groupes
Colaux, Catherine ULg; Georges, François ULg; Poumay, Marianne ULg

in Actes du VIIè colloque Questions de Pédagogie dans l’Enseignement Supérieur (2013, June)

Il n'est pas toujours simple pour un étudiant de comprendre le bien fondé de certains cours généraux. Pour éviter leur démotivation il est important de pouvoir les aider à donner du sens à ceux-ci, mais ... [more ▼]

Il n'est pas toujours simple pour un étudiant de comprendre le bien fondé de certains cours généraux. Pour éviter leur démotivation il est important de pouvoir les aider à donner du sens à ceux-ci, mais comment procéder dans de grands auditoires où les cours ex cathedra font légion ? Utilisées en guise de préparation de cours magistraux, les TICE exploitées dans certaines conditions (collaboration, contrôle laissé aux apprenants, réflexivité et temps) donneraient plus d'authenticité aux exposés et offriraient aux apprenants d'y être davantage actifs [less ▲]

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See detailControl of Dispersed Generation to Regulate Distribution and Support Transmission Voltages
Valverde, Gustavo ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. IEEE PES 2013 PowerTech Conference (2013, June)

This paper presents an on-line centralized controller based on Model Predictive Control concepts to regulate distribution network voltages, and possibly support transmission network. It computes and ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an on-line centralized controller based on Model Predictive Control concepts to regulate distribution network voltages, and possibly support transmission network. It computes and applies a sequence of changes of the distributed generators power outputs to progressively meet a set of operation constraints at distribution, and possibly transmission level. An 11-kV, 75-bus test system with 22 distributed generators is used to illustrate the performance of the proposed controller when transmission system support is requested. Comparisons with single-step open-loop control are also provided. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifying and modeling the integrated design process of net Zero Energy buildings
Attia, Shady ULg; Walter, Emmanuel; Andersen, Marilyne

in Proceedings of the High Performance Buildings - Design and Evaluation Methodologies Conference (2013, June)

High Performance Buildings (HPB), including Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) and nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) are emerging as an important market in Europe and around the world. However, there are ... [more ▼]

High Performance Buildings (HPB), including Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) and nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) are emerging as an important market in Europe and around the world. However, there are very few studies that aim to model the process of HPBs and define key design processes, decisions and competencies of design teams. More importantly, there is hardly any documentation processes on tools currently being used to design high performance building. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to identify, model and propose a generic integrated process maps for HPB. The generic process map focuses on the design phases steps, roles and tools used. The research methodology is based on literature review and a case study. With the help of a process modelling software (TIBCO), a Swiss office building (Green Office) is used to validate the produced process maps. The visual maps delivers insights on the integrated design process reporting on the means of improving the delivery of HPBs. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) with the high sensitive cardiac troponin T in healthy runners
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; BREVERS, Eric ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker ... [more ▼]

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker for acute coronary syndrome. Troponin T (TnT) is a component of the contractile apparatus of the striated musculature. Cardiac TnT is a cardio-specific, highly sensitive marker for myocardial damage. The aim of our study was to compare the results obtained with the H-FABP and the highly sensitive cardiac troponins (hsTnT) and to test their cardiospecificity in healthy runners. Methods: Twenty three runners (marathon) were enrolled. We drowned samples at three times: just before (T0), just after (T1), and three hours after the end of the race (T3). H-FABP was determined with a Randox immunoturbidimetric assay and hs-TnT with a Roche electrochemiluminescence immunoassay, both on Cobas 6000. A linear regression was calculated to observe if there is any correlation between the two biomarkers. Values above the 95th percentile for H-FABP (2.5ng/mL) and the 99th percentile for hsTnT (14ng/L) were considered as positive. Results: At T0, none of the subjects were positive for hsTnT but 35% were positive for H-FABP; at T1, 83% for hsTnT and 100% for H-FABP; at T3, 83% for hsTnT and 96% for H-FABP. At T0, the regression equation was H-FABP T0 = 3.9454 – 0.1001 x hsTnT T0; at T1: H-FABP T1 = 51.838 – 1.7026 x hsTnT T1; at T3: H-FABP T3 = 47.977 – 1.6193 x hsTnT T3. No correlation was observed between the two biomarkers at the different time. Conclusions: We observed a significant increase of H-FABP and hsTnT in runners. These markers are independent to each other. These values could biologically correspond to a heart ischemia. However, we suggested that exercise-induced cardiac hsTnT and H-FABP release is not a marker of exercise-induced pathology but likely a physiologic response to effort or an exercise-induced cardiac remodelling. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Simulation of Double Cup Extrusion Test using the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Formalism
Boman, Romain ULg; Koeune, Roxane; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of Coupled Problems 2013 (2013, June)

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See detailBilan de 5 années de conception et de régulation d'outils pédagogiques innovants: implémentation d'un portfolio dans un enseignement de l'architecture par compétences
Scheffers, Patricia ULg

in Actes du VIIème Colloque: Questions de Pédagogies en Enseignement Supérieur (2013, June)

Entre 2007 et 2012, des innovations pédagogiques initialement conçues de façon intuitive et ponctuelle par quelques enseignants se sont développées, améliorées et généralisées. Comment ont-elles ... [more ▼]

Entre 2007 et 2012, des innovations pédagogiques initialement conçues de façon intuitive et ponctuelle par quelques enseignants se sont développées, améliorées et généralisées. Comment ont-elles progressivement pris corps d'un point de vue théorique ? Comment sont-elles devenues les composantes essentielles d'un portfolio qui se développera peut-être bientôt sur plusieurs années du cursus ? Comment l'ensemble s'articule-t-il autour d'un projet de référentiel de compétences facultaire ? [less ▲]

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See detailThe contributions of pairs of parallel surfaces in a simple analytical model of room reverberation
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in I.C.A. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2013 ICA Congress (2013, June)

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