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See detailChallenging land fragmentation thanks a mobile milking robot: Statement of 2 cases of implementation: Liège and Trevarez experimental farms
Brocard, Valérie; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Lessire, Françoise ULg et al

in Conington, J; Klopcic, M; Lauridsen, C (Eds.) et al Book of abstracts of the 66th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2015, September)

Cette présentation fait le point de l'expérience de l'utilisation de 2 robots mobiles, développés comme prototypes à la Ferme expérimentale de Trévarez et à l'Université de Liège

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See detailThermal-vacuum and vibration test campaigns that led to the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite being fully qualified by ESA for launch and operation in Earth orbit
De Dijcker, Sébastien ULg; Werner, Xavier ULg; Broun, Valery ULg et al

Conference (2015, September)

OUFTI-1’s test campaigns were divided into two phases. The goal of Phase 1 is to demonstrate that the different functionalities of the satellite work as intended. The goal of Phase 2 is to subsequently ... [more ▼]

OUFTI-1’s test campaigns were divided into two phases. The goal of Phase 1 is to demonstrate that the different functionalities of the satellite work as intended. The goal of Phase 2 is to subsequently demonstrate that the satellite can withstand the launch into orbit, and then work properly in the conditions of space. The corresponding tests thus involve both thermal-vacuum environmental tests (in appropriate test chambers) and vibration tests (on appropriate vibration pods). The conditions simulated during these tests are as close as possible to those that the satellite will encounter during its mission, covering as many cases as possible, amid uncertainties, since neither the launcher nor the orbit were known prior to the tests. Both phases involve the flight model (FM), in accordance with the so-called "protoflight" approach. [less ▲]

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See detailDroits de l'homme. Recueil de jurisprudence belge, européenne et internationale
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Learning material (2015)

Ce recueil rassemble des extraits d'un certain nombre d'arrêts utiles pour l'étude des droits fondamentaux. Il constitue un support au cours de Droits de l'homme dispensé en Master en droit à l'Université ... [more ▼]

Ce recueil rassemble des extraits d'un certain nombre d'arrêts utiles pour l'étude des droits fondamentaux. Il constitue un support au cours de Droits de l'homme dispensé en Master en droit à l'Université de Liège. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction : un dialogue intermédiatique fructueux
Barnabé, Fanny ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

in Barnabé, Fanny; Dozo, Björn-Olav (Eds.) Jeu vidéo et livre (2015)

Si les rapports entre jeu vidéo et cinéma suscitent depuis longtemps l’intérêt des milieux académiques, les relations, échanges et points de passage entre le livre et le jeu vidéo constituent pour leur ... [more ▼]

Si les rapports entre jeu vidéo et cinéma suscitent depuis longtemps l’intérêt des milieux académiques, les relations, échanges et points de passage entre le livre et le jeu vidéo constituent pour leur part un domaine de recherche toujours en friche. Pourtant, les interactions entre ces deux médias sont loin d’être des exceptions et les disciplines qui les étudient (les game studies et l’histoire du livre) sont connectées par une certaine affinité méthodologique : tous deux ont un fondement profondément interdisciplinaire ; tous deux rassemblent, autour d’un objet commun, des chercheurs issus d’horizons très différents. Cette parenté disciplinaire, ajoutée à la richesse des constants échanges entre livre et jeu vidéo, a encouragé la conception de cet ouvrage collectif consacré à la rencontre entre le médium vidéoludique et son voisin livresque. Poursuivant une première enquête qui avait abouti dans la publication d’un numéro de la revue Mémoires du livre / Studies in book culture (intitulé « Livre et jeu vidéo »), ce volume approfondit différentes questions laissées de côté. Il est ainsi divisé en quatre sections : la première porte sur les représentations (principalement du livre dans le jeu, mais aussi du jeu vidéo dans la littérature) ; la deuxième sur les transpositions, c’est-à-dire sur l’adaptation de propriétés formelles d’un médium par l’autre ; la troisième sur les adaptations, domaine dont l’étude bénéficie de jalons antérieurs déjà définis (travaux sur la novélisation et la narration transmédia multi-supports) ; enfin, dans la dernière partie consacrée à la création, Jordan Bolay, Éric Chartrand et Nicolas Decerf proposent une réflexion sur l’interaction des deux médias au sein de leur pratique créative. [less ▲]

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See detailJeu vidéo et livre
Barnabé, Fanny ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

Book published by Bebooks (2015)

Si les rapports entre jeu vidéo et cinéma suscitent depuis longtemps l’intérêt des milieux académiques, les relations, échanges et points de passage entre le livre et le jeu vidéo constituent pour leur ... [more ▼]

Si les rapports entre jeu vidéo et cinéma suscitent depuis longtemps l’intérêt des milieux académiques, les relations, échanges et points de passage entre le livre et le jeu vidéo constituent pour leur part un domaine de recherche toujours en friche. Pourtant, les interactions entre ces deux médias sont loin d’être des exceptions et les disciplines qui les étudient (les game studies et l’histoire du livre) sont connectées par une certaine affinité méthodologique : tous deux ont un fondement profondément interdisciplinaire ; tous deux rassemblent, autour d’un objet commun, des chercheurs issus d’horizons très différents. Cette parenté disciplinaire, ajoutée à la richesse des constants échanges entre livre et jeu vidéo, a encouragé la conception de cet ouvrage collectif consacré à la rencontre entre le médium vidéoludique et son voisin livresque. Poursuivant une première enquête qui avait abouti dans la publication d’un numéro de la revue Mémoires du livre / Studies in book culture (intitulé « Livre et jeu vidéo »), ce volume approfondit différentes questions laissées de côté. Il est ainsi divisé en quatre sections : la première porte sur les représentations (principalement du livre dans le jeu, mais aussi du jeu vidéo dans la littérature) ; la deuxième sur les transpositions, c’est-à-dire sur l’adaptation de propriétés formelles d’un médium par l’autre ; la troisième sur les adaptations, domaine dont l’étude bénéficie de jalons antérieurs déjà définis (travaux sur la novélisation et la narration transmédia multi-supports) ; enfin, dans la dernière partie consacrée à la création, Jordan Bolay, Éric Chartrand et Nicolas Decerf proposent une réflexion sur l’interaction des deux médias au sein de leur pratique créative. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of volatile mixture emit by human tissues degradation
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Dubois, Lena; Lloyd, Rebecca et al

Conference (2015, September)

Human rescue dog unit are the more efficient tool to locate cadaver or people trap after a natural disaster. However, the dog training process is long and expensive. Dog trainers are always looking for a ... [more ▼]

Human rescue dog unit are the more efficient tool to locate cadaver or people trap after a natural disaster. However, the dog training process is long and expensive. Dog trainers are always looking for a better understanding of the dog olfaction matching to improve their training methods (1). During these training sessions, dogs are usually trained to locate body pieces due to the difficulty to obtain a full cadaver. Moreover, some training aid solution are available but their compositions and their efficiencies are not worldwide recognized (2). To answer these questions, this project is monitoring the headspace human organs during the decomposition process. Five different organs are used: heart, lung, liver, kidney and blood. Every organs are sampled in triplicates and let to decompose in glass jar. Regularly, the headspace of the jar is sample by dynamic pumping to sorbent tubes that will further be injected on comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography system (GC×GC). GC×GC is a powerful analytical tool that allows the complete resolution of “the smell of death”, i.e. the decomposition odor (3-4). The compounds identified in the organs headspace can be compared with the one coming from decomposition studies on full bodies to establish a biomarkers list that will further be used for dog training solution elaboration. References 1. Hoffman et al. FSI (2009) 186, 6-13. 2. Stadler et al. J. Chrom. A. 1255, 202-206. 3. Stefanuto et al. CPC (2014) 79, 786-789. 4. Perrault et al. J. Sep. Sci. (2015) 38, 73-80. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and implementation of a MASH2-0 Electromechanical Sigma-Delta Modulator for capacitive MEMS sensors using dual quantization method
Almutairi, Bader; Alsheri, Ali; Kraft, Michael ULg

in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2015)

In this paper, a new control structure based on the dual quantization technique is presented for an electromechanical sigma–delta modulator (EM-SD M) applied to a microelectromechanical system (MEMS ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a new control structure based on the dual quantization technique is presented for an electromechanical sigma–delta modulator (EM-SD M) applied to a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer. The modulator adopts a 2-0 multistage noise shaping structure (MASH2-0), taking the advantage of the intrinsic linearity of single-bit quantization and the reduced quantization error of multibit quantization in a single modulator. The sensor system is studied by the system-level modeling and the hardware implementation based on the field-programmable gate array technology. The study shows that, MASH2-0 shares the benefits of a MASH2-2 architecture of having an inherent stability, a high overload input level, and a high dynamic range compared with single-loop EM-SD M. However, the MASH2-0 architecture benefits from a considerably simpler implementation, while achieving a higher dynamic range and a higher signal-to-noise ratio compared with a MASH2-2 and a fourth-order single-loop SDM architecture. A capacitive MEMS accelerometer was designed and employed with this control system. Within a bandwidth of 1 kHz, the sensor achieved a noise floor level of −130 dB and a bias instability as low as 20 μg at an integration time of 40 s. Simulation estimated a full scale of ±20 g acceleration. The investigation confirms the concept of the MASH2-0 structure and shows its potential as a closed-loop interface for high-performance capacitive MEMS accelerometers. [less ▲]

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See detailCadaveric VOC profiling from human internal cavity
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Varlet, Vincent; Grabherr, Silke et al

Conference (2015, September)

The processes tacking place during body decomposition is not yet totally understood. Soon after death, the different parts of a body start to decompose. This phenomenon conduct to the production of gases ... [more ▼]

The processes tacking place during body decomposition is not yet totally understood. Soon after death, the different parts of a body start to decompose. This phenomenon conduct to the production of gases inside or around the different organs. These gases reservoirs can be located using imaging tools as post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) and subsequently sample (1). The analysis of very volatile compounds inside these internal cavities already provides useful information for legal medicine investigations (2). It gives valuable information about the potential cause of death avoiding the invasiveness of the autopsy procedure. This project wanted to perform an untargeted screening of this internal cavity in order to monitor the decomposition process taking place inside a cadaver. The analytical method was base on previously used techniques for complete decomposition analysis (3-4). This study wanted to investigate the volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixture present in these cavities. To achieve this task, we applied solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) combined with two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled to high-resolution time of flight mass spectrometer (GC×GC-HRTOFMS). The first point was to demonstrate the ability of GC×GC-HRTOFMS to detect these VOC. The combination of different statistical approaches conducted to establishment of potential biomarkers list. Base on these biomarkers identification, different decomposition stages were observed for different organs in the same body. The cardiac area seems to decompose faster than the other tissues studied in this project. References 1. Levy A.D. et al., Am. J. Forensic Med. Pathol. (2010) 31, 12-17. 2. Varlet V. et al., Anal. Chim. Acta (2013) 784, 42-46. 3. Stadler S. et al., Anal Chem (2013) 85, 998–1005. 4. Stefanuto et al. CPC (2014) 79, 786-789. [less ▲]

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See detailProspects of a new dynamic simulation software for real-time applications on the Hydro-Québec system
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Lebeau, Simon; Loud, Lester et al

in 2015 CIGRÉ Canada Conference proceedings (2015, September)

Hydro-Québec has a long interest in on-line Dynamic Security Assessment (DSA) driven by its challenging power network dynamics (angle, frequency and voltage stability, short and long-term dynamics). At ... [more ▼]

Hydro-Québec has a long interest in on-line Dynamic Security Assessment (DSA) driven by its challenging power network dynamics (angle, frequency and voltage stability, short and long-term dynamics). At the moment, off-line calculated security indicators are combined with an on-line monitoring system to ensure the security of the system. However, new developments in power system dynamic simulation algorithms facilitate real-time or near-real-time DSA calculations and enable on-line transfer limits determination. In this paper, the domain-decomposition-based algorithm implemented in the dynamic simulator RAMSES is presented, along with the techniques used to accelerate both its sequential and parallel execution. RAMSES exploits the localized response of power systems to disturbances and the timescale decomposition of dynamic phenomena to provide sequential acceleration when the simulation is performed on a single processing unit. In addition, when more computational units are available, the parallelization potential of domain-decomposition methods is exploited to provide parallel acceleration. The presented algorithm and techniques are tested on a realistic model of the Hydro-Québec system and the accuracy of dynamic response, the sequential and parallel performances are evaluated. Finally, the real-time capabilities of the simulator are assessed using a shared-memory parallel processing platform. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of an ultra-trail of 330 km on plasma levels of cardiac biomarkers
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Gergelé, Laurent et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2015, September), 3(Suppl 1), 77

Introduction/Aim: While a moderate exercise produces beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supraphysiological effort are not yet clear. The aim of our study was to evaluate ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Aim: While a moderate exercise produces beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supraphysiological effort are not yet clear. The aim of our study was to evaluate the consequences of such an effort on cardiac markers, markers of inflammation but also markers of renal function. This project also studied the evolution of new biomarkers of cardiac fibrosis such as the ST2 and galectin-3. Material and Methods: 51 people attending the Tor des Géants (330 km, with an altitude range of 24,000 meters) have been followed. The study is conducted on 33 participants having reached at least half of the race (148.7 km). Blood and urine samples were collected at four different times: before the race, halfway, at the finish and three days after arrival. Several biomarkers were assayed on different analyzers such COBAS®, KRYPTOR®, VIDAS® and ETIMAX®. Meanwhile, the ST2 was measured manually. Results: During this ultra-endurance effort, the plasma levels of cardiac markers (hsTnT, NT-proBNP, copeptin, H-FABP, ST2, Gal-3), muscle (CK, myoglobin) and inflammation (CRP DFO, GB) have increased significantly to halfway (148.7 km). Meanwhile, the markers of renal function (urinary NGAL and plasma and urinary creatinine) have only slightly varied, excepting plasma creatinine. Conclusions: The study suggests that there is no permanent structural damage at the myocardium level. However, the low pace adopted by the runners, due to fatigue, caused an inflammatory response as well as muscle damage less important than a shorter race. Nevertheless, an endurance race as the Tor des Géants means an intense physical and psychological effort. [less ▲]

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See detailSphenopalatine ganglion stimulation in neurovascular headaches
SCHOENEN, Jean ULg

in Progress in Neurological Surgery (2015), 29

Abstract The interest for the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) in neurovascular headaches dates back to 1908 when Sluder presented his work on the role of the sphenopalatine ganglion in «nasal headaches» ... [more ▼]

Abstract The interest for the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) in neurovascular headaches dates back to 1908 when Sluder presented his work on the role of the sphenopalatine ganglion in «nasal headaches» that are now part of the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias and cluster headache (ICHD-III beta). Since then various interventions with blocking or lesional properties have targeted the SPG (transnasal injection of lidocaine and other agents, alcohol or steroid injections, radiofrequency lesions or even ganglionectomy); sucess rates varied, but benefit was usually transient. Here we briefly review some anatomo-physiological characteristics of the SPG and hypotheses about its pathophysiological role in neurovascular headaches before describing recent therapeutic results obtained with electrical stimulation of the SPG. Based on results of a prospective randomized controlled study, SPG stimulation appears to be an effective treatment option for patients with chronic cluster headaches; efficacy data indicate that acute electrical stimulation of the SPG provided significant attack pain relief and in many cases pain freedom compared to sham stimulation. Moreover, in some patients SPG stimulation was associated with a significant and clinically meaningful reduction in cluster headache attack frequency; this preventive effect of SPG stimulation warrants further investigation. For migraine attacks, the outcome of the proof-of-concept study using a temporary electrode implanted in the pterygopalatine fossa was less encouraging – but an ongoing multi-center trial evaluates the efficacy of long-term SPG stimulation against sham stimulation for acute and preventive treatment in patients with frequent migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear Background Filter to Improve Pedestrian Detection
Wang, Yi; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Su, Song-Zhi et al

in New Trends in Image Analysis and Processing - ICIAP 2015 Workshops (2015, September)

In this paper, we propose a simple nonlinear filter which improves the detection of pedestrians walking in a video. We do so by first cumulating temporal gradient of moving objects into a motion history ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a simple nonlinear filter which improves the detection of pedestrians walking in a video. We do so by first cumulating temporal gradient of moving objects into a motion history image (MHI). Then we apply to each frame of the video a motion-guided nonlinear filter whose goal is to smudge out background details while leaving untouched foreground moving objects. The resulting blurry-background image is then fed to a pedestrian detector. Experiments reveal that for a given miss rate, our motion-guided nonlinear filter can decrease the number of false positives per image (FPPI) by a factor of up to 26. Our method is simple, computationally light, and can be applied on a variety of videos to improve the performances of almost any kind of pedestrian detectors. [less ▲]

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See detailNetBenchmark: a bioconductor package for reproducible benchmarks of gene regulatory network inference
Bellot, Pau; Olsen, Catharina; Salembier, Philippe et al

in BMC Bioinformatics (2015)

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See detailComparison of individuals’ susceptibility to false memory induced by both DRM and misinformation paradigms involving emotional material
Martial, Charlotte ULg; Dehon, Hedwige ULg

Poster (2015, September)

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed ... [more ▼]

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed event is altered after exposure to misinformation about this event; Loftus et al., 1978) are due to errors in source monitoring processes (e.g., Johnson et al., 1993) and one might expect the correlation between these false memories quite positive. However, the few laboratory studies comparing the DRM paradigm and the misinformation paradigm show small (Zhu et al., 2013) or no correlation (Ost et al., 2013) between the false memories elicited by these procedures. However, these studies vary in terms of methodological details. For instance, false memories from the misinformation procedure involved emotional content while those from the DRM procedure only included neutral materials. This study investigated the relationship between false memories induced by two different paradigms (a DRM task and a misinformation procedure) both involving an emotional material. Participants (N = 154) completed an emotional variant of the DRM (neutral, positive and negative lists) and the misinformation (neutral, positive and negative images) procedures and their performances on both tasks were compared. Although both paradigms reliably induced false memories in participants, our analyses revealed only a marginally weak positive correlation (r = .147, p = .051) between misinformation and DRM false memories using emotional variants. These results support the idea that DRM and misinformation false memories are underpinned by (at least in part) different mechanisms and that the previous mixed results were not due to the specific content of the DRM or the misinformation task used. [less ▲]

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See detailFish as aquatic "sniffer dogs": Olfactory-mediated behaviors and conditioning of common carps to cadaver odors
Jamandre, Brian Wade ULg; Ferrari, Frederic; Joseph, Jean-Ronald et al

Conference (2015, September)

Even with the aide of modern technology, the search for cadaver or human remains underwater is still assisted by sniffer dogs mainly because of their superior sense of olfaction. However, dogs rely on ... [more ▼]

Even with the aide of modern technology, the search for cadaver or human remains underwater is still assisted by sniffer dogs mainly because of their superior sense of olfaction. However, dogs rely on volatile organic compounds in the air and that this may constraint their ability when searching for submerged cadavers. On the other hand, it has long been recognized that fishes use olfaction to sample odors from their surroundings to accomplish a task and are capable of acquiring new skills through training or conditioning. Despite decades of experimental and observational studies of the olfactory sensitivities of fishes, its potential application to forensic sciences has never been truly explored. In this pioneering research, we explore the possibility of using fish olfaction in detecting cadaver odors (porcine origin), using common carps Cyprinus carpio as model species in a series of experiments under laboratory conditions. We first observed the innate behavior of carps towards cadaver odors. Afterwards, the carps were trained in two-choice chamber experimental tanks by appetitive olfactory conditioning and odor masking methods. We also experimented on the effects of cadaver odors by early exposure using eggs and larval impregnation techniques, and observing the behaviors when they develop to early juveniles. In general, we found out that common carps are naturally repelled to cadaver odors. However using our devised conditioning protocol, results show that the conditioned carps were able to learn to be attracted to cadaver odors despite their innate aversion. The development of fish for cadaver detection is a simple but innovative idea and that it may present a cost-effective and reliable solution for the shortcomings of the existing methods in underwater cadaver search. We anticipate that this research will open up a variety of different studies in pursuit of developing fishes as biosensors and its application to forensic sciences. [less ▲]

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See detailAnnex 60 : subtask 2.2 - Modeling heat transport in district heating networks
Sartor, Kevin ULg

Report (2015)

One subtask of the Annex 60 (Task 2.2) consists in the modeling of district composed by thermal and electric networks. In this contribution, several modeling techniques are investigated to assess the ... [more ▼]

One subtask of the Annex 60 (Task 2.2) consists in the modeling of district composed by thermal and electric networks. In this contribution, several modeling techniques are investigated to assess the behavior of the thermal part of the district heating network. These modeling techniques are compared to find the best modeling approach. [less ▲]

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See detailA new hybrid approach for modelling groundwater flow in karst aquifers
Willems, Thibault ULg; Hakoun, Vivien ULg; Renard, Philippe et al

Conference (2015, September)

Groundwater flow modelling in karst aquifers represents a real challenge that requires adapted methods. The applicability of an innovative hybrid approach for modelling groundwater flow in karst aquifers ... [more ▼]

Groundwater flow modelling in karst aquifers represents a real challenge that requires adapted methods. The applicability of an innovative hybrid approach for modelling groundwater flow in karst aquifers, namely the Hybrid Finite Element Mixing Cell (HFEMC) method, is evaluated. The hybrid approach consists in combining a classical finite element (FE) model, to model slow flow in the rock matrix, with spatially distributed lumped reservoirs, to model fast flow in the karst conduits network. Water exchanges between the rock matrix and the conduits network are accounted for by means of an internal Fourier boundary conditions (BC). This BC (1st order exchange relation) allows to control the magnitude of water transfers between fast and slow flow domains. We tested the applicability of the HFEMC method on a schematic synthetic domain and on a real karst system. In the synthetic case analysis, we discussed dynamic processes of groundwater storage occurring in the karst system during a recharge pulse. The study focuses on the influence of selected parameters on representative variables such as the discharge curve of the karst system or pressure and mass transfers between conduits and rock matrix sub-domains. In this way, an inversion of the hydraulic gradient between karst conduits and the surrounding rock matrix is shown to occur during the recharge pulse. This phenomenon results in a temporary storage of water from conduits to the rock matrix, which impacts the modelled discharge curve. The first test performed on a real study site, the Noiraigue spring karst system (Jura mountains, Switzerland), exemplify the use of two separated lumped reservoirs for describing the conduits network, which allows to consider two base levels in the karst system. It also points out the challenges to face when modelling a complex natural karst system with the HFEMC approach. The results obtained show that the HFEMC approach is a good candidate to model groundwater flow in karst aquifers. [less ▲]

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See detailSAFIR: Capabilities and examples of applications
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Scifo, Anthony ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Report (2015)

This document presents the capabilities of the software SAFIR, as well as examples of applications. SAFIR is a computer program that models the behavior of building structures subjected to fire. The ... [more ▼]

This document presents the capabilities of the software SAFIR, as well as examples of applications. SAFIR is a computer program that models the behavior of building structures subjected to fire. The structure can be made of a 3D skeleton of linear elements such as beams and columns, in conjunction with planar elements such as slabs and walls. Volumetric elements can be used for analysis of details in the structure such as connections. Different materials such as steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, gypsum or thermally insulating products can be used separately or in combination in the model. [less ▲]

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