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See detailLa Commune de 1871 comme forme (du) politique. Autour de L’État et la révolution (Lénine, 1917)
Bolmain, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2008, December 06)

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See detailBehavior of Deep Reinforced Concrete Beams under Monotonic and Reversed Cyclic Load
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

Doctoral thesis (2008)

Non-slender reinforced concrete beams find extensive application in cases where heavy loads need to be transferred over a given span. The safety of this kind of structural elements is often critical for ... [more ▼]

Non-slender reinforced concrete beams find extensive application in cases where heavy loads need to be transferred over a given span. The safety of this kind of structural elements is often critical for the safety of the structure as a whole. The research described in this thesis is devoted to studying the behaviour of lightly-reinforced non-slender beams under monotonic and reversed cyclic loads, as particular consideration is given to the load-bearing mechanisms which occur in moderately-deep beams. The choice of this topic was motivated in part by verification studies which show that the current code procedures for shear design of members without web reinforcement are least accurate in the range of transition from deep to slender beams. Furthermore, the issue of cyclic response of lightly-reinforced deep beams is of great importance for seismic assessment of existing structures, especially if the similarity between the load-bearing mechanisms in deep beams and those in other non-slender components such as coupling beams, squat shear walls, and frame joints is recognized. An experimental program consisting of ten tests of large non-slender reinforced concrete beams has been performed. All specimens failed in shear after transition from beam load-bearing mechanism to arch action (specimens without stirrups) or truss actions (specimens with stirrups). A suggested kinematic model was successfully used for interpretation of the various deformation measurements. The results showed that part of the ultimate shear was carried in the cracked concrete. It was concluded that load reversals had little effect on the overall response. A test of deep beam provided with single bar #18 demonstrated that anchorage by anchor heads is effective even when the biggest ASTM reinforcing bar is used. Comparison between experimentally-obtained and calculated shear strengths showed that the CSA code rendered reasonably conservative predictions compared to the mostly unconservative results of the ACI and EC2 codes. Theoretical work resulted in a derivation of an improved strut-and-tie model (ISTM) which is based on the CSA shear provisions but accounts for shear carried under the critical diagonal cracks of non-slender beams without web reinforcement. Verification against a large number of tests showed that the new model is consistent with physical observations and explains the transition from deep to slender beams. Furthermore, it was shown that the ISTM can be used in combination with the above-mentioned kinematic model for estimation of the ultimate displacement and deformed shape of non-slender beams. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Poultry Production Systems in Vietnam: Tentative Approach for an HACCP-like Risk Scoring Methodology
Le Bas, Cedric; Phan Dang, Thang ULg; Desvaux, Stéphanie et al

Scientific conference (2008, December 04)

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See detailFirst asteroseismic results from CoRoT
Michel, Eric; Baglin, A.; Weiss, W. W. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 156

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first ... [more ▼]

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first results to illustrate how these data of unprecedented quality shed a new light on the field of stellar seismology. [less ▲]

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See detailA sharp look at the gravitationally lensed quasar SDSS J0806+2006 with laser guide star adaptive optics at the VLT
Sluse, Dominique ULg; Courbin, F.; Eigenbrod, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 492

We present the first VLT near-IR observations of a gravitationally lensed quasar, using adaptive optics and laser guide star. These observations can be considered as a test bench for future systematic ... [more ▼]

We present the first VLT near-IR observations of a gravitationally lensed quasar, using adaptive optics and laser guide star. These observations can be considered as a test bench for future systematic observations of lensed quasars with adaptive optics, even when bright natural guide stars are not available in the nearby field. With only 14 min of observing time, we derived very accurate astrometry of the quasar images and of the lensing galaxy, with 0.05´´ spatial resolution, comparable to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). In combination with deep VLT optical spectra of the quasar images, we use our adaptive optics images to constrain simple models for the mass distribution of the lensing galaxy. The latter is almost circular and does not need any strong external shear to fit the data. The time delay predicted for SDSS J0806+2006, assuming a singular isothermal ellipsoid model and the concordance cosmology, is Δ t ≃ 50 days. Our optical spectra indicate a flux ratio between the quasar images of A/B = 1.3 in the continuum and A/B = 2.2 in both the Mg ii and in the C iii] broad emission lines. This suggests that microlensing affects the continuum emission. However, the constant ratio between the two emission lines indicates that the broad emission line region is not microlensed. Finally, we see no evidence of reddening by dust in the lensing galaxy. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile, ESO Program 079.A-0588(A). [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary seismic study of the gamma Doradus COROT target HD 49434
Bouabid, M.-P.; Uytterhoeven, K.; Miglio, Andrea ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

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See detailModeling stochastic excitation of acoustic modes in stars: present status and perspectives
Samadi, R.; Belkacem, Kevin ULg; Goupil, M*-J et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

Solar-like oscillations have now been detected for more than ten years and their frequencies measured for a still growing number of stars with various characteristics (e.g. mass, chemical composition ... [more ▼]

Solar-like oscillations have now been detected for more than ten years and their frequencies measured for a still growing number of stars with various characteristics (e.g. mass, chemical composition, evolutionary stage ...). Excitation of such oscillations is attributed to turbu- lent convection and takes place in the uppermost part of the convective envelope. Since the pioneering work of Goldreich & Keely (1977), more sophisticated theoretical models of stochastic excitation were developed, which differ from each other both by the way turbulent convection is modeled and by the assumed sources of excitation. We briefly review here the different underlying approximations and assumptions of those models. A second part shows that computed mode excitation rates crucially depend on the way time-correlations between eddies are described but also on the surface metal abundance of the star. [less ▲]

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See detailProblems and prospects in stellar physics
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

Main difficulties and uncertainties in stellar physics originate in the modelling of convection, microscopic and macroscopic transport mechanisms and rotation. I consider each of these physical aspects ... [more ▼]

Main difficulties and uncertainties in stellar physics originate in the modelling of convection, microscopic and macroscopic transport mechanisms and rotation. I consider each of these physical aspects, with a particular attention to their possible probe by asteroseismology. Another important question about opacities is considered by Montalban & Miglio (2008). [less ▲]

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See detailThe driving mechanism of roAp stars : effects of global metallicity
Theado, S.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

We have investigated the influence of global metallicity on the excitation mechanism of roAp star pulsations. Our computations show that the opacity in the driving region of the roAp modes is strongly ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the influence of global metallicity on the excitation mechanism of roAp star pulsations. Our computations show that the opacity in the driving region of the roAp modes is strongly sensitive to the metal content but surprisingly the roAp theoretical instability strip is only weakly affected by metallicity changes. [less ▲]

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See detailIs HD 163899 really a supergiant star?
Godart, Mélanie ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

According to its spectral type B2 Ib/I I (Klare & Neckel 1977; Schmidt & Carruthers 1996), HD163899 is a supergiant star. The star presents p and g-mode pulsations (Saio et al. 2006). In such a post-main ... [more ▼]

According to its spectral type B2 Ib/I I (Klare & Neckel 1977; Schmidt & Carruthers 1996), HD163899 is a supergiant star. The star presents p and g-mode pulsations (Saio et al. 2006). In such a post-main sequence (post MS) star, the helium core is radiative with a very large Brunt-Väisälä frequency which produces a strong damping. The presence of excited g-modes is however possible thanks to an intermediate convective zone (ICZ) which prevents some g-modes from entering the radiative damping core (Saio et al. 2006). We have investigated an alternative solution. We show that MS evolutionary tracks could cross the error box of HD 163899 if a sufficiently large amount of overshooting is taken into account. However, in that case, the spectrum of unstable modes is different from the spectrum of a supergiant star since the Brunt-Väisälä frequency is much smaller. [less ▲]

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See detailTransiting exoplanets from the CoRoT space mission . VI. CoRoT-Exo-3b: the first secure inhabitant of the brown-dwarf desert
Deleuil, M.; Deeg, H. J.; Alonso, R. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 491

Context: The CoRoT space mission routinely provides high-precision photometric measurements of thousands of stars that have been continuously observed for months. Aims: The discovery and characterization ... [more ▼]

Context: The CoRoT space mission routinely provides high-precision photometric measurements of thousands of stars that have been continuously observed for months. Aims: The discovery and characterization of the first very massive transiting planetary companion with a short orbital period is reported. Methods: A series of 34 transits was detected in the CoRoT light curve of an F3V star, observed from May to October 2007 for 152 days. The radius was accurately determined and the mass derived for this new transiting, thanks to the combined analysis of the light curve and complementary ground-based observations: high-precision radial-velocity measurements, on-off photometry, and high signal-to-noise spectroscopic observations. Results: CoRoT-Exo-3b has a radius of 1.01 ± 0.07 R_Jup and transits around its F3-type primary every 4.26 days in a synchronous orbit. Its mass of 21.66 ± 1.0 M_Jup, density of 26.4 ± 5.6 g cm[SUP]-3[/SUP], and surface gravity of logg = 4.72 clearly distinguish it from the regular close-in planet population, making it the most intriguing transiting substellar object discovered so far. Conclusions: With the current data, the nature of CoRoT-Exo-3b is ambiguous, as it could either be a low-mass brown-dwarf or a member of a new class of ``superplanets''. Its discovery may help constrain the evolution of close-in planets and brown-dwarfs better. Finally, CoRoT-Exo-3b confirms the trend that massive transiting giant planets (M >= 4 M_Jup) are found preferentially around more massive stars than the Sun. The CoRoT space mission, launched on December 27th 2006, has been developed and is operating by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brasil, ESA, Germany and Spain. The first CoRoT data will be available to the public in February 2009 from the CoRoT archive: http://idoc-corot.ias.u-psud.fr/ Table of the COROT photometry is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/491/889 [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic observations of pulsating stars
Aerts, C.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Carrier, F. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

During the past three decades, astronomers have been gathering extensive time series of high- precision spectroscopy of pulsating stars. In contrast to one-shot spectra, which provide the fundamental ... [more ▼]

During the past three decades, astronomers have been gathering extensive time series of high- precision spectroscopy of pulsating stars. In contrast to one-shot spectra, which provide the fundamental parameters, time-resolved spectroscopy offers a much broader variety of input for asteroseismology. The most important applications encompass the determination of the radial-velocity amplitudes and phases of the modes, the detection of modes that are invisible in photometry, the identification of the azimuthal orders through specialised methodology, the unravelling of pulsational and orbital motions, and, since a few years, the detection of solar-like oscillations in various types of stars. We discuss the input that spectroscopic time series can provide for asteroseismic modelling, for various types of pulsators. We end with some future prospects of how spectroscopy can help to push seismic applications beyond the present achievements. [less ▲]

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See detailEnseigner la Chimie en Bac 1 pour les ‘Sciences de la Vie’
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Learning material (2008)

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See detailDéveloppement d’un outil de prédiction de la probabilité de réussite à l’insémination chez la vache laitière à partir des données du Contrôle Laitier
Laloux, Laurent; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Glorieux, Géry et al

in 15ème Rencontres Recherches Ruminants, Paris, les 3 et 4 décembre 2008 (2008, December)

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See detailAtelier n°2 : pistes pour concrétiser les intentions sous-jacentes aux finalités du Décret-Missions
Hindryckx, Marie-Noëlle ULg; Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg; Raschevitch, Sonia ULg

in Puzzle (2008), (25), 18

résumé du travail de l'atelier n°2 lors de l'Université d'été 2008 portant sur les valeurs à l'école

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