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See detailA viscoelastic-viscoplastic-damage constitutive model based on a large strain hyperelastic formulation for amorphous glassy polymers
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Morelle, Xavier; Lani, Frédéric et al

in proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-24th July 2015 (2015, July 20)

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient large-strain hyperelastic constitutive model for amorphous polymers in the glassy state. These materials exhibit a complex rate- and pressure-sensible ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient large-strain hyperelastic constitutive model for amorphous polymers in the glassy state. These materials exhibit a complex rate- and pressure-sensible behavior in both elastic and plastic regimes. After an initial linear elastic region, a nonlinear stage continues until reaching a peak stress, which is followed by a softening stage. At large strains, when the softening is saturated, a re-hardening stage is reached. The viscoelastic effect is captured using the generalized Maxwell model. The viscoplastic effect is considered using a Perzyna-type flow rule incorporating a pressure sensitive yield surface and a non-associated flow potential. This yield surface is extended from the Drucker-Prager one. The saturated softening phenomenon is modelled using an isotropic numerical damage variable progressed by a saturated softening law. With the introduction of the damage parameter, a non-local implicit gradient damage model is used to avoid the loss of the solution uniqueness. Through experimental comparisons, it is shown that the proposed model has the ability to model the complex mechanical responses of amorphous glassy polymers. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionality of microbial phenotypic heterogeneity in bioprocessing conditions: an analysis based on the use of on-line flow cytometry
Delepierre, Anissa ULg

Conference (2015, July 20)

Microbial phenotypic heterogeneity is known to be naturally present in isogenic population and can be attributed to the stochastic nature of the biochemical reactions. An important question at this level ... [more ▼]

Microbial phenotypic heterogeneity is known to be naturally present in isogenic population and can be attributed to the stochastic nature of the biochemical reactions. An important question at this level was to determine whether such stochastic behavior exhibits some functionality, i.e. how single cell heterogeneity leads to population level strategies. One of this strategies, called bet-hedging, is known to give a competitive advantage to the population, by leading for example to a persistent phenotype able to survive to antibiotics exposure. Among the single cell toolbox available for the analysis of phenotypic heterogeneity, flow cytometry present the advantage of being compatible with bioprocess cultivation tools. In this work, we present an on-line analytical workflow based on automated flow cytometry that can be used to monitor simultaneously several bioreactors, testing different bioreactor operating conditions, in combination with fluorescent transcriptional reporter strategies: promoter involved in metabolism fused to a gene expressing an unstable variant of GFP , and viability fluorescent tagging: propidium iodide uptake, correlated with membrane permeability. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining mindfulness and ACT to learn how to manage emotions and to engage in valued activities: Assessment of the feasibility of a training group and its efficiency
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Dierickx, Christophe; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2015, July 18)

BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) offer useful tools which aim to guide in this learning process. ACT also provide guidelines to engage in valued activities. In order to help community adults to manage their painful emotions and to engage themselves in valued activities, we offer training group cycles combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. This study aims to assess the feasibility of such training groups and their efficiency. METHODS A longitudinal design with three assessment-times (T0, T1 and T2) is employed. Participants to the training group attend to three three-hours training sessions on a six-weeks period. They are assessed before the training sessions (T0), directly after (T1) and at three-months follow-up (T2). Questionnaires assess these variables: sociodemographic data, mood, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, cognitive coping strategies and behavioural activation. Student t tests for paired samples are conducted. RESULTS Fifty-four adults participated to four training cycles (the cycles are all identical). Until now, 28 participants (21 women) completed the T0 and the T1 (mean age = 41.43, SD = 11.83). Student t test indicate a significant decrease of depression (t(25) = 4.53, p < 0,001), anxiety (t(25) = 6.23, p < 0.001) and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies (t(24) = 3.76, p < 0.001). Student t test also indicate a significant increase in mindfulness (t(26) = -3.87, p < 0.001), psychological flexibility (t(26)) = -5.48, p < 0.001) and behavioural activation (t(26) = -4.86, p < 0.001). DISCUSSION Preliminary results indicate the feasibility of training groups combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. Results show a decrease in several variables (depression, anxiety and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies) and an increase in other variables (mindfulness, psychological flexibility and behavioural activation). These results seem to indicate that participants benefit from the training groups. Data collection is still ongoing and a control group (waiting-list) is currently being composed. Results and clinical implications will be further discussed during the congress. [less ▲]

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See detailJustice énergétique pour tous!
Bauwens, Thomas ULg

Article for general public (2015)

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See detailGuide d'utilisation - Grille : Plugin de création de grilles d'échantillonnage pour le logiciel QGIS
Handerek, Daphné ULg; De Thier, Olivier ULg; Modave, Maxime et al

Learning material (2015)

Manuel d'utilisation du plugin grille pour QGIS.

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See detailPRESSÃO PARCIAL (PCO2) E FLUXO DE DIÓXIDO DE CARBONO (CO2) EM AMBIENTES DE VÁRZEA AMAZÔNICOS
Amaral, JHF; Barbosa; Kasper, D et al

Conference (2015, July 12)

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See detailDevelopment, validation and comparison of NIR and Raman methods for the identification and assay of poor-quality oral quinine drops.
Mbinze Kidenge, Jérémie; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Yemoa, Achille et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015), 111

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient ... [more ▼]

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient local drug analysis laboratories. To tackle part of this issue, two spectroscopic methods with the ability to detect and to quantify quinine dihydrochloride in children’s oral drops formulations were developed and validated. Raman and Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy were selected for the drug analysis due to their low cost, non-destructive and rapid characteristics. Both of the methods developed were successfully validated using the total error approach in the range of 50-150% of the target concentration (20% W/V) within the 10% acceptance limits. Samples collected on the Congolese pharmaceutical market were analyzed by both techniques to detect potentially substandard drugs. After a comparison of the analytical performance of both methods, it has been decided to implement the method based on NIR spectroscopy to perform the routine analysis of quinine oral drop samples in the Quality Control Laboratory of Drugs at the University of Kinshasa (DRC). [less ▲]

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See detailGrille : Plugin de création de grilles d'échantillonnage pour le logiciel QGIS
De Thier, Olivier ULg; Handerek, Daphné ULg; Modave, Maxime et al

Software (2015)

Le plugin Grille pour QGIS est destiné à définir et créer des grilles d’échantillonnage dans le cadre d’inventaires et de recensements appliqués à la gestion des ressources naturelles.

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See detailAn ecosystem-scale perspective of the net land methanol flux: synthesis of micrometeorological flux measurements
Wohlfahrt, G.; Amelynck, C.; Ammann, C. et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2015), (15), 7413-7427

Methanol is the second most abundant volatile organic compound in the troposphere and plays a significant role in atmospheric chemistry. While there is consensus about the dominant role of living plants ... [more ▼]

Methanol is the second most abundant volatile organic compound in the troposphere and plays a significant role in atmospheric chemistry. While there is consensus about the dominant role of living plants as the major source and the reaction with OH as the major sink of methanol, global methanol budgets diverge considerably in terms of source/sink estimates, reflecting uncertainties in the approaches used to model and the empirical data used to separately constrain these terms. Here we compiled micrometeorological methanol flux data from eight different study sites and reviewed the corresponding literature in order to provide a first cross-site synthesis of the terrestrial ecosystem-scale methanol exchange and present an independent data-driven view of the land–atmosphere methanol exchange. Our study shows that the controls of plant growth on production, and thus the methanol emission magnitude, as well as stomatal conductance on the hourly methanol emission variability, established at the leaf level, hold across sites at the ecosystem level. Unequivocal evidence for bi-directional methanol exchange at the ecosystem scale is presented. Deposition, which at some sites even exceeds methanol emissions, represents an emerging feature of ecosystem-scale measurements and is likely related to environmental factors favouring the formation of surface wetness. Methanol may adsorb to or dissolve in this surface water and eventually be chemically or biologically removed from it. Management activities in agriculture and forestry are shown to increase local methanol emission by orders of magnitude; however, they are neglected at present in global budgets. While contemporary net land methanol budgets are overall consistent with the grand mean of the micrometeorological methanol flux measurements, we caution that the present approach of simulating methanol emission and deposition separately is prone to opposing systematic errors and does not allow for full advantage to be taken of the rich information content of micrometeorological flux measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailAlgorithmic aspects of converting surface mesh data to volumetric images
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2015, July 09)

In image analysis, some processes might imply a change or conversion in the structure of the data. The structure types will depend on the processing method and applications, and can consist of pixel data ... [more ▼]

In image analysis, some processes might imply a change or conversion in the structure of the data. The structure types will depend on the processing method and applications, and can consist of pixel data, point sets, finite elements, vector fields, implicit surfaces, graphs, basic shapes (spheres, cylinders, or cubes), etc. The work presented here discusses the problem of converting a triangulated surface mesh to a 3D image, a need that arises for example when using active surface-type segmentation methods of 3D images, shape-fitting, or combining data from laser surface scanning with 3D imaging. During the course of numerous projects, two main classes of mesh-to-image conversions have appeared: those identifying voxels (pixels in a 3D image) that intersect the mesh, or voxels that are contained in the mesh, supposing it defines a closed surface. [less ▲]

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See detailA probabilistic multi-scale model for polycrystalline MEMS resonators
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

Conference (2015, July 09)

The size of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of their micro-structure, i.e. their grain size. As a result, the structural properties ... [more ▼]

The size of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of their micro-structure, i.e. their grain size. As a result, the structural properties exhibit a scatter. As an example we study the beam resonator illustrated in Fig. 1(a), made of poly-silicon material, in which each grain has a random orientation. Solving the problem with a full direct numerical simulation combined to a Monte-Carlo method allows the probability density function to be computed as illustrated in Fig. 1(b). However this methodology is computationally expensive due to the number of degrees of freedom required to study one sample, motivating the development of a non-deterministic 3-scale approach [3]. In a multiscale approach, at each macro-point of the macro-structure, the resolution of a microscale boundary value problem relates the macro-stress tensor to the macro-strain tensor. At the micro-level, the macro-point is viewed as the center of a Representative Volume Element (RVE). The resolution of the micro-scale boundary problem can be performed using finite-element simulations, as in the computational homogenization framework, e.g. [2]. However, to be representative, the micro-volume-element should have a size much bigger than the microstructure size. In the context of the MEMS resonator, this representativity is lost and Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) are considered. These SVEs are generated under the form of a Voronoi tessellation with a random orientation for each silicon grain. Hence, a Monte-Carlo procedure combined with a homogenization technique allows a distribution of the material tensor at the meso-scale to be estimated. The correlation between the meso-scale material tensors of two SVEs separated by a given distance can also be evaluated. A generator at the meso-scale based on the spectral method [4] is implemented. The generator [3] accounts for a lower bound [1] of the meso-scale material tensor in order to ensure the existence of the second-order moment of the Frobenius norm of the generated material tensor inverse [5]. Using the random meso-scale field obtained with the meso-scale generator, which accounts for the spatial correlation, a Monte-Carlo method can be used at the macro-scale to predict the probabilistic behavior of the MEMS resonator. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterministic Manufacturing constraints for Optimal Distribution in the Case of Additive Manufacturing
Bauduin, Simon ULg; Collet, Maxime ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2015, July 09)

An overview of the difficulties of coupling additive manufacturing to topology optimization with various solution founded and implemented.

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See detailDoes formal child care availability for 0-3 year olds boost mothers' employment rate? Panel data based evidence from Belgium
Dujardin, Claire; Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is ... [more ▼]

In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is interested in evaluating if this increased availability of formal child care resulted in a higher employment rate for women with at least one child under 3. To this end, we use a difference-in-differences approach based on municipality-level panel data, taking advantage of the fact that the increase in availability of formal child care differed greatly across municipalities. We find that the raise in child care availability significantly increased the maternal employment rate, but to a lesser extent than expected, most likely because of a substantial crowding-out effect. [less ▲]

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See detailStress constrained topology optimization for additive manufacturing: Specific character and solution aspects
Duysinx, Pierre ULg

Conference (2015, July 07)

Since the fundamental work by Bendsøe and Kikuchi (1988), topology optimization has been based on compliance type formulations (Bendsoe & Sigmund, 2003) while the number of works considering stress ... [more ▼]

Since the fundamental work by Bendsøe and Kikuchi (1988), topology optimization has been based on compliance type formulations (Bendsoe & Sigmund, 2003) while the number of works considering stress constraints are rather limited (Duysinx & Bendsoe, 1998). More recently the generalized shape optimization approach using level set methods (see for instance Allaire, Jouve, Troader, 2004, Belytchko, Xiao, Parimi, 2003) has followed the tracks of topology optimization and has mainly been focusing on compliance minimization problems. The ‘compliance type’ formulation has produced quite interesting results in many problems because controlling the energy and the displacements under the loads is generally favourable for deflection control and because, for one load case, the compliance minimization leads to a fully stressed design nearly everywhere in the structure. However there are theoretical results that clearly show that the strongest and the stiffest structural layout can be quite different. As demonstrated in Rozvany & Birker (1994) truss topology optimization can lead to different results when there are several load cases, different stress limits in tension and compression, or when there are several materials involved. Therefore, the first goal of the paper points out the importance of considering stress constraints as soon as the preliminary design phase, that is, to include stress constraints in the topology optimization problem. Revisiting some contributions of the authors, this paper aims at illustrating the key role of stress constraints in the framework of topology optimization of continuum structures. The recent developments are able to treat: • Integrated stress criteria (i.e. global) relaxed stress constraints that aggregate the stress constraints in each finite element in order to be able to circumvent the large scale character of the local stress constraints. • Stress criteria that are able to tackle non equal stress limits in tension and compression. The usual von Mises criterion is unable to predict real-life designs when the structure is made of materials with unequal stress limits like concrete or composite materials. These different behaviours in tension and compression result in quite specific designs. Numerical applications make possible to point out the different nature of structural lay out for maximum strength and maximum stiffness. This one is clearly demonstrated in two kinds of particular situations: once several load cases are considered and when unequal stress limits in tension and compression are involved. The second contribution of the paper deals with the solution aspects of large scale constrained optimization problems. Because of the huge number of design variables, dual methods combined with local convex approximations such as CONLIN (Fleury, 1989) or MMA (Svanberg, 1987) are well indicated to solve classical topology optimization methods. However stress constrained problems introduce also a so large number of active constraints that one comes to a rather delicate situation. We show that the optimizer effort increases mostly as the cube of the number of constraints. In order to circumvent the problem, the idea developed in the paper is to combine first or second order approximations (Bruyneel, Duysinx, Fleury, 2002) with zero order approximations of stress constraints, especially for the subset of restrictions that are likely not to be active or not to change too fast. At first the paper presents the way to derive zero-order approximations of -relaxed stress constraints (that is necessary to cope with the singularity phenomenon of stress constraints in topology optimization). Then the proposed hybrid approach mixing approximation of different orders is benchmarked on numerical applications illustrating the reduction of computation time for solving optimization problems without sacrifying to the robustness and efficiency. Numerical applications will investigate topology optimized benchmark examples combined with additive manufacturing fabrication to illustrate the developments. [less ▲]

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See detailMethane distributions and sea-to-air fluxes in the South China Sea and the West Philippines Sea
Tseng; Chen; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 07)

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See detailModelling Uncertainties in Long-Term Predictions of Urban Growth: A Coupled Cellular Automata and Agent-Based Approach
El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; Cools, Mario ULg et al

in Ferreira, Joseph; Goodspeed, Robert (Eds.) Proceedings of CUPUM 2015 (2015, July 07)

Modelling the growth of urban settlements is of considerable interest for different applications, amongst which integrated flood management. This study aims at modelling urban growth for a long time ... [more ▼]

Modelling the growth of urban settlements is of considerable interest for different applications, amongst which integrated flood management. This study aims at modelling urban growth for a long time horizon up to 2100 and to integrate the model outcomes with a hydrological model for the same time horizon. Forecasting land-use change over such time frames entails very significant uncertainties. In this regard, the main focus of this paper is attributed to the handling of uncertainty in an urban growth model. To this end, we examine a Monte Carlo Simulation method, which is integrated in the proposed urban growth model. Transition probabilities for each non-urban cell are estimated by a coupled Cellular Automata-Agent-Based ap-proach. The results help to handle uncertainty over long time horizons and to assess the increment in degree of uncertainty at every time-step. [less ▲]

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See detailA Non-Local Damage-Enhanced Incremental-Secant Mean-Field-Homogenization For Composite Laminate Failure Predictions
Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent; Doghri, Issam et al

Conference (2015, July 06)

Recently, the authors have presented an incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) process for non-linear composite materials [4]. In this formulation, a virtual elastic unloading is applied to ... [more ▼]

Recently, the authors have presented an incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) process for non-linear composite materials [4]. In this formulation, a virtual elastic unloading is applied to evaluate the virtual residual stress and strain states reached in each elasto-plastic phase. These virtual states are then used as a starting point to apply a secant homogenization method. This incremental-secant MFH process can handle non-proportional and nonmonotonic loadings, and naturally possesses an isotropic instantaneous stiffness operator to be used in the Eshelby tensor. This incremental-secant MFH homogenization can account for the first and second statistical moment estimation of the current yield stress in the composite phases during the computation of the plastic flow. When accounting for a second statistical moment estimation, the plastic yield in the composite material phases is captured with a higher accuracy, improving the predictions, mainly in the case of short fiber composite materials [6], see Fig. 1(a). The incremental MFH can handle material softening when extended to include a damage model. Indeed, as the secant formulation is applied from an unloaded state, the inclusion phase can be elastically unloaded during the softening of the matrix phase, contrarily to the case of the incremental-tangent method [3, 5], see Fig. 1(b). Moreover, when formulating the damage model in the composite phases in a non-local way, as with the non-local implicit approach, [1, 2], the MFH scheme can be used to model strain localization in composite structures [5], without suffering from the loss of the solution uniqueness. [less ▲]

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See detailPhytoplankton abundance and diversity in the Congo river at high and low waters
Stoyneva, MP; Descy, JP; Bouillon, S et al

Conference (2015, July 05)

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