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See detailTechno-economic evaluation of self-consumption with PV/battery systems under different regulation schemes
Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Zucker, Andreas

in Proceedings of the 29th international conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (2016, July)

The recent disclosure of new and innovative home battery systems has been seen by many as a catalyser for a solar energy revolution, and has created high expectations in the sector. Many observers have ... [more ▼]

The recent disclosure of new and innovative home battery systems has been seen by many as a catalyser for a solar energy revolution, and has created high expectations in the sector. Many observers have predicted an uptake of combined PV/Battery units, which, could ultimately disconnect from the grid and lead to autonomous homes or mini-grids. However, most of the comments originating from social media, blogs or press articles lack proper cost evaluation and realistic simulations. This work aims at bridging this gap by simulating self-consumption in different EU countries, for different household profiles with or without battery. Results indicate that (1) Although decreasing at a fast pace, the cost of domestic Li-Ion storage is most likely still too high for a large-scale market uptake in Europe; (2) PV incentives based on net metering are not favourable to home batteries; (3) Home battery profitability and future uptake mainly depend on the indirect self-consumption subsidies provided by the structure of the retail prices; (4) These systems do not allow residential consumers to go off-grid. They only allow for a maximum self-sufficiency ratio close to 70%. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple calibration approach based on film-casting for confocal Raman microscopy to support the development of a Hot-Melt Extrusion process
Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg; Thiry, Justine ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg et al

in Talanta (2016), 154

When developing a new formulation, the development, calibration and validation steps of analytical methods based on vibrational spectroscopy are time-consuming. For each new formulation, real samples must ... [more ▼]

When developing a new formulation, the development, calibration and validation steps of analytical methods based on vibrational spectroscopy are time-consuming. For each new formulation, real samples must be produced and a “reference method” must be used in order to determine the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) content of each sample. To circumvent this issue, the paper presents a simple approach based on the film-casting technique used as a calibration tool in the framework of hot-melt extrusion process. Confocal Raman microscopic method was successfully validated for the determination of itraconazole content in film-casting samples. Then, hot-melt extrusion was carried out to produce real samples in order to confront the results obtained with confocal Raman microscopy and Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC). The agreement between both methods was demonstrated using a comparison study based on the Bland and Altman’s plot. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of a two-slope pyramid made by SPIF using an adaptive remeshing method with solid-shell finite element
Velosa De Sena, José ULg; Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg et al

in International Journal of Material Forming (2016), 9(3), 259-434

Single point incremental forming (SPIF) is an emerging application in sheet metal prototyping and small batch production, which enables dieless production of sheet metal parts. This research area has ... [more ▼]

Single point incremental forming (SPIF) is an emerging application in sheet metal prototyping and small batch production, which enables dieless production of sheet metal parts. This research area has grown in the last years, both experimentally and numerically. However, numerical investigations into SPIF process need further improvement to predict the formed shape correctly and faster than current approaches. The current work aims the use of an adaptive remeshing technique, originally developed for shell and later extended to 3D “brick” elements, leading to a Reduced Enhanced Solid-Shell formulation. The CPU time reduction is a demanded request to perform the numerical simulations. A two-slope pyramid shape is used to carry out the numerical simulation and modelling. Its geometric difficulty on the numerical shape prediction and the through thickness stress behaviour are the main analysis targets in the present work. This work confirmed a significant CPU time reduction and an acceptable shape prediction accuracy using an adaptive remeshing method combined with the selected solid-shell element. The stress distribution in thickness direction revealed the occurrence of bending/unbending plus stretching and plastic deformation in regions far from the local deformation in the tool vicinity. [less ▲]

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See detailIs there an alphabet of Moroccan cuisine? Notes on the materiality of cooking and eating.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2016, July)

Short Abstract Stemming from the ethnographic material collected during an eighteen months fieldwork conducted among a group Moroccan of women in Milan to study their food practices, this paper focuses on ... [more ▼]

Short Abstract Stemming from the ethnographic material collected during an eighteen months fieldwork conducted among a group Moroccan of women in Milan to study their food practices, this paper focuses on the materiality of cooking and eating through adopting a micro-structural approach. Long Abstract Inspired by the work of Lévi-Strauss (1964) aimed at identifying the relationships of mutual intelligibility underlying some social and cultural facts such as the treatment of food, this paper will focus on the materiality of cooking and eating through adopting a micro-structural approach. The ethnographic data collected during an eighteen months fieldwork conducted among a group of Moroccan women in Milan to study their cooking and eating habits will be analysed by paying particular attention to the practices and elements that made the "alphabet" of Moroccan cuisine. This means that, if we considered dishes as complex sentences which can be deciphered by people that share a same language, we could try to identify the littlest components that made them happen. Which norms regulated the combination of ingredients? Which ways of cooking described this food culture? Which gestures and embodied knowledge seemed essential to give an intelligible cultural connotation to the cooking and eating of food? Which variations were admitted? The analysis of the actors' discourses and practices will show how Lévi-Strauss approach and model to the study of foodways can meet a material culture approach and still be relevant nowadays. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time capture of the folding-unfolding transitions in a single oligorotaxane foldamer
Sluysmans, Damien ULg; Hubert, Sandrine ULg; Bruns, Carson et al

Scientific conference (2016, July)

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See detailThe Influence of Treatment Position (Prone vs. Supine) on Clip Displacement, Seroma, Tumor Bed and Partial Breast Target Volumes: Comparative Study
Lakosi, Ferenc; GULYBAN, Akos ULg; BEN MUSTAPHA, Selma ULg et al

in Pathology Oncology Research (2016), 22(3), 493-500

To analyse the displacement of surgical clips in prone (Pr) position and assess the consequences on target volumes and integral dose of partial breast irradiation (PBI). 30 post-lumpectomy breast cancer ... [more ▼]

To analyse the displacement of surgical clips in prone (Pr) position and assess the consequences on target volumes and integral dose of partial breast irradiation (PBI). 30 post-lumpectomy breast cancer patients underwent CT imaging in supine (Su) and Pr. Clip displacements were measured by the distances from the clips to a common fix bony reference point. On each dataset, the tumour bed (TB = clips ± seroma), clinical target volume (CTV = TB + 1.5 cm) and planning target volumes (PTV = CTV + 1 cm) for PBI were determined and the volume pairs were compared. Furthermore estimation of integral dose ratio (IDR) within the breast from tangential treatment was performed as the ratio of the irradiated breast volume and the volume encompassing all clips. Clips close to the chest wall (CW) in Su showed significantly less displacement in Pr. The mean volumes of seroma, CTV and PTV were significantly higher in Pr than in Su. The PTV volume difference (Pr-Su) was significantly higher in patients with presence of seroma, deep clips and TB location in the superior-internal-quadrant (SIQ) and at the junction of superior quadrants (jSQ). In a multivariate analysis two factors remained significant: seroma and TB localization in SIQ-jSQ. The IDR was significantly larger in Su than in Pr (7.6 vs. 4.1 p < 0.01). Clip displacements varied considerably with respect to their relative position to the CW. In selected patients Pr position potentially leads to a significant increase in target volumes of PBI. Tangential beam arrangement for PBI should be avoided, not only in Su but in Pr as well in case of clip-based target volume definition. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom nature to culture? Lévi-Strauss' legacy and the study of contemporary foodways
Mescoli, Elsa ULg; Graf, Katharina

Conference (2016, July)

n the first volume of his Mythologiques, entitled The Raw and the Cooked, Claude Lévi-Strauss argued that the preparation of food is a form of language that reveals a society's structure. For Lévi-Strauss ... [more ▼]

n the first volume of his Mythologiques, entitled The Raw and the Cooked, Claude Lévi-Strauss argued that the preparation of food is a form of language that reveals a society's structure. For Lévi-Strauss, the so-called culinary triangle of the raw, the rotten and the cooked represents a semantic field within which the various forms of transformation of food from nature into culture play a key role. Since Lévi-Strauss, following extensive changes to food production, preparation and consumption, the notion of cooking has become ever more diversified, and became increasingly contentious. Yet, the multiple ways of combining and processing ingredients still give social and cultural meanings to food and trigger the creation of sociabilities and belongings through its own destruction (Gell 1986). This panel aims to explore Levi-Strauss' legacy and evaluate its usefulness in today's context from different angles, ranging from domestic food preparation to industrial production and global circulations of food. To what extent can this concept still provide an interpretative framework of topical food issues? Which contemporary myths does it shed light on? How could it be deployed to read the history of food and link it to contemporary questions? This panel welcomes papers on the history of food preparation, contemporary food preparation, including debates in professional and multimedia circles, various forms of food production and the possible transformation of food within globalised food markets. Although mobilizing a classic anthropological theory, this panel aims to be interdisciplinary and to present a diverse range of analytical perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailSolo vs. duet in different virtual rooms: On the consistency of singing quality across conditions
Fischinger, Timo; Kreutz, Gunter; Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Poster (2016, July)

Previous research on vocal pitch accuracy revealed insights into the fundamentals of singing. However, most of the research on singing focused on the analysis of single voices, whereas few aYempts have ... [more ▼]

Previous research on vocal pitch accuracy revealed insights into the fundamentals of singing. However, most of the research on singing focused on the analysis of single voices, whereas few aYempts have been made to tackle the challenge of analyzing mulTtrack recordings of singing ensembles. In addiTon, singers have to adjust their way of singing with respect to a given venue’s acousTcal environment (e.g., small room vs. a comparaTvely large space like a church). If it is common that musical performances are greatly influenced by room acousTcs, studies on the effects of room acousTcal features during ensemble singing are rare. In order to invesTgate singing performances across various condiTons, we manipulated the singing condiTon (unison, canon, solo) as well as the acousTcal feedback by applying diverging virtual rooms. Three duets with female singers (N = 6) were asked to sing three different melodies using headset microphones to record each singer separately. Recordings took place in the communicaTon acousTc simulator (CAS) at the House of Hearing (Oldenburg, Germany) to be able to provide different simulated acousTcal spaces (i.e., cathedral, classroom, and dry condiTon) to the singers. ObjecTve measures were performed on each recording and confirmed that the singers sang the melodies with high precision (small pitch interval deviaTons) hardly affected by singing condiTons or by the type of acousTcal feedback. However, the singers tended to driH (larger deviaTons of the tonal center) when singing in canon compared to solo and unison singing. Overall, the analysis of the pitch accuracy showed a general effect of condiTon (i.e., unison, canon, solo), but no general effect of acousTcal feedback and no interacTon between the two variables under study. [less ▲]

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RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2016), 59(4), 3

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See detailPerception of pitch accuracy in melodies: A categorical or continuous phenomenon?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Franz, Simone; Poeppel, David

Conference (2016, July)

In western music, a semitone constitutes a theoretical and perceptual boundary between tones and is defined as a unit for categorical perception of intervals (Burns & Ward, 1978). However, melodic ... [more ▼]

In western music, a semitone constitutes a theoretical and perceptual boundary between tones and is defined as a unit for categorical perception of intervals (Burns & Ward, 1978). However, melodic perception does not rely exclusively on this category but also involves the notion of ‘correctness’. If we usually classify melodies as “in tune” or “out of tune” depending on the size of interval deviations (smaller than a semitone) along melodies, the transition between the two categories remains unclear. This study examines the process involved in pitch accuracy perception. Twenty-five participants identified melodies as “in tune” or “out of tune” and rated their confidence for each answer. The pitch manipulation consisted of the enlargement of an interval in 5 cent steps (from 0 to 50 cent deviation). The interval deviated was either a Major 2nd or a Perfect 4th and occurred in the middle or end of a 6-tone melody. The task was run twice, before and after an explicit definition of the two labels. Repeated measure ANOVAs were conducted to examine the effect of the deviation on the proportion of in- tune answers and on the confidence levels. For the participants who were able to learn the labels (n = 20), the proportion of in tune answers varies greatly according to the amplitude of the deviation and depended on the size of the interval manipulated. Associated with the confidence level measurement, the identification data support a categorical perception process. Interestingly, explicitly learning the labels increased the overall confidence but did not modify drastically the profile of the categories and the process behind the categorization. This study suggests that explicit learning is not necessary to develop higher order categories relative to “correctness”. Nevertheless, such a process seems limited to certain intervals. Further investigation of other intervals and individual differences seems promising to better understand the mechanisms underlying music perception. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mustères de la "Viege noire" ou comment se passe la demande d'allocation de handicap
Marquet, Françoise; RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2016), 59(4), 9-13

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See detailIntegration of Composites for Greener Engine - Rapport scientifique & technique
Aatach, Mohamed ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg

Report (2016)

The project's objective is to achieve a greater integration of composite materials in the low-pressure compressor, major product of Techspace Aero. The recycling of composite materials is one of the main ... [more ▼]

The project's objective is to achieve a greater integration of composite materials in the low-pressure compressor, major product of Techspace Aero. The recycling of composite materials is one of the main parts of this project. The focus is on the review of technologies, reuse and resulting properties on the recycling of fibre reinforced polymers and the development of new processes for end-of-life aerospace grade advanced carbon fiber reinforced composite materials (electrodynamic and conventional fragmentation, physicochemical characterization, environmental impact assessment, etc.) [less ▲]

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See detailQuadratic reformulations of nonlinear binary optimization problems
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2016, July)

A {\em pseudo-Boolean function} is a real-valued function $f(x)=f(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n)$ of $n$ binary variables, that is, a mapping from $\{0,1\}^n$ to $\mathbf R$. \emph{Nonlinear binary optimization ... [more ▼]

A {\em pseudo-Boolean function} is a real-valued function $f(x)=f(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n)$ of $n$ binary variables, that is, a mapping from $\{0,1\}^n$ to $\mathbf R$. \emph{Nonlinear binary optimization problems} of the form \begin{equation}\label{eq:PBO} \min \{ f(x) : x \in \{0,1\}^n \}, \end{equation}, where $f$ is a pseudo-Boolean function expressed as a multilinear polynomial in its variables, are notoriously difficult. For a pseudo-Boolean function $f(x)$ on $\{0,1\}^n$, we say that $g(x,y)$ is a \emph{quadratization} of $f$ if $g(x,y)$ is a quadratic polynomial depending on $x$ and on $m$ \emph{auxiliary} binary variables $y_1,y_2,\ldots,y_m$ such that $f(x)= \min \{ g(x,y) : y \in \{0,1\}^m \} $ for all $x \in \{0,1\}^n$. By means of quadratizations, minimization of $f$ is reduced to minimization (over the extended set of variables) of the quadratic function $g(x,y)$. This is of practical interest because minimization of quadratic functions has been thoroughly studied for the last few decades, and much progress has been made in solving such problems exactly or heuristically. This talk addresses two main types of questions. First, we want to determine the minimum number of auxiliary $y$-variables required in a quadratization of an arbitrary function~$f$. This question is rather natural since the complexity of minimizing the quadratic function $g(x,y)$ heavily depends (among other factors) on the number of binary variables~$(x,y)$. We establish tight lower and upper bounds on the number of auxiliary variables needed in such a reformulation. Next, we determine more precisely the number of auxiliary variables required by quadratizations of \emph{symmetric} pseudo-Boolean functions $f(x)$, i.e., functions whose value only depends on the number of variables equal to~$1$. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dossier CAPAES : outil de professionnalisation des formateurs?
Scheepers, Caroline ULg

Conference (2016, July)

Aujourd’hui, les formateurs des hautes écoles belges francophones sont tenus de décrocher le CAPAES, pour lequel il faut avoir validé des cours universitaires et avoir présenté devant une commission ... [more ▼]

Aujourd’hui, les formateurs des hautes écoles belges francophones sont tenus de décrocher le CAPAES, pour lequel il faut avoir validé des cours universitaires et avoir présenté devant une commission composite un dossier professionnel. Lequel dossier mobilise de solides compétences réflexives, puisque son auteur doit faire état de son parcours professionnel, mais aussi analyser et décrire un dispositif didactique dans lequel il est impliqué et dont il doit montrer le caractère professionnalisant. Ma contribution vise à rendre compte d’une vaste enquête adressée aux formateurs qui réalisé ce dossier professionnel. Qu’ont-ils appris par le biais de cette épreuve? Quelles difficultés ont-ils rencontrées ? Quelles tensions ont émergé ? Ont-ils été soutenus pour effectuer la tâche prescrite ? Estiment-ils qu’elle fut professionnalisante? Ont-ils révisé leurs conceptions en matière d’écriture ? Enfin, ont-ils reconsidéré leur façon d’encadrer les tâches d’écriture des étudiants? [less ▲]

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See detailPlanifier les leçons de stage
Scheepers, Caroline ULg

Conference (2016, July)

Il semble que la recherche se soit abondamment consacrée à ces écrits professionnalisants de nature scientifique et/ou réflexive que sont les mémoires professionnels, les portfolios ou les journaux de ... [more ▼]

Il semble que la recherche se soit abondamment consacrée à ces écrits professionnalisants de nature scientifique et/ou réflexive que sont les mémoires professionnels, les portfolios ou les journaux de bord. Mais si ces écrits visent à professionnaliser les enseignants, au sens où ils cherchent à leur faire acquérir des compétences professionnelles solides et des composantes identitaires positives (Beckers, 2007), ils restent généralement l’apanage du seul cursus académique. Une fois diplômés, les enseignants novices sont appelés à produire de véritables écrits professionnels, au rang desquels les préparations de cours occupent une place de choix. Dès lors, s’observe un hiatus certain entre les écrits en formation et les écrits du praticien. Ce hiatus peut s’expliquer et être légitimé par plusieurs motifs. Il n’en reste pas moins que les préparations de cours s’inscrivent au cœur du métier d’enseignant. Nous avons affaire à un écrit pleinement professionnalisant, mais aussi à un écrit professionnel tout à fait central dans la vie quotidienne des praticiens. Pourtant, les préparations, pour omniprésentes qu’elles soient dans les cursus académiques préparant au métier et dans les pratiques des enseignants, constituent une sorte de point aveugle pour la recherche. Ainsi, dès 2002, Jaubert et Rebière estimaient que les préparations de cours des stagiaires avaient fait l’objet de très peu d’investigations : or, insistent-elles, la préparation écrite constitue un écrit traditionnel emblématique pour la culture du monde enseignant (2002 : 130). L’ouvrage édité par Daunay (2011) à propos des écrits professionnels des enseignants consacre certains de ses chapitres à cette problématique, mais de très nombreuses questions restent à envisager. Un récent numéro des Cahiers pédagogiques (n°518, 2015) quant à lui, se penche sur les écrits professionnels des praticiens en exercice. Précédemment (Scheepers, 2013), j’ai pu interroger des enseignants, novices ou chevronnés, sur les stratégies qu’ils utilisent pour planifier leur intervention didactique. Mon article dans le Français aujourd’hui (Scheepers, 2014) envisage notamment les postures adoptées par les stagiaires dans leurs préparations et les spécificités propres aux séquences visant à faire écrire les élèves. Une autre de mes contributions (Scheepers, à paraître) envisage un corpus de plusieurs dizaines de préparations écrites par des stagiaires sous l’angle du triangle didactique (Houssaye, 1988), ce qui permet d’examiner comment se déclinent dans ces traces sémiotiques spécifiques ces trois dimensions que sont l’élève, le savoir et l’enseignant. Mais, en matière de préparations de cours, beaucoup reste à faire sur un plan scientifique. Lors de cette table ronde, je tenterai d’établir une synthèse quant à mes recherches relatives à la planification des apprentissages, dimension centrale pour l’entrée dans le métier d’enseignant. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of corrosion resistance, material properties, and weldability of alloyed steel for ballast tanks
De Baere, Kris; Verstraelen, Helen; Willemen, Remke et al

in Journal of Marine Science & Technology (2016)

Ballast tanks are of great importance in the lifetime of modern merchant ships. Making a ballast tank less susceptible to corrosion can, therefore, prolong the useful life of a ship and, thereby, lower ... [more ▼]

Ballast tanks are of great importance in the lifetime of modern merchant ships. Making a ballast tank less susceptible to corrosion can, therefore, prolong the useful life of a ship and, thereby, lower its operational cost. An option to reinforce a ballast tank is to construct it out of a corrosion-resistant steel type. Such steel was recently produced by POSCO Ltd., South Korea. After 6 months of permanent immersion, the average corrosion rate of A and AH steel (31 samples) was 535 g m−2 year−1, while the Korean CRS was corroding with 378 g m−2 year−1. This entails a gain of 29 %. Follow-up measurements after 10, 20, and 24 months confirmed this. The results after 6 months exposure to alternating wet/dry conditions are even more explicit. Furthermore, the physical and metallurgical properties of this steel show a density of 7.646 t/m3, the elasticity modulus 209.3 GPa, the tensile strength 572 MPa, and the hardness 169HV10. Microscopically, the metal consists of equiaxed and recrystallized grains (ferrite and pearlite), with an average size of between 20 and 30 µm (ASTM E 112—12 grain size number between 7 and 8) with a few elongated pearlitic grains. The structure is banded ferrite/pearlite. On the basis of a series of energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer measurements the lower corrosion rate of the steel can be attributed to the interplay of Al, Cr, their oxides, and the corroding steel. In addition, the role of each element in the formation of oxide layers and the mechanisms contributing to the corrosion resistance are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDisrupted interaction between self and memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
Genon, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

Conference (2016, July)

In humans, self and memory processes interact as evidenced by the self reference (SRE) and self reference recollection effects (SRRE). However, in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), this relationship ... [more ▼]

In humans, self and memory processes interact as evidenced by the self reference (SRE) and self reference recollection effects (SRRE). However, in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), this relationship can be disrupted. This was evidenced by impaired SRE and SRRE in AD for recognition of adjectives previously judged for self-relevance, as well as recall of names of people previously linked to the self. For both materials, a qualitative impairment of the recollective experience for the self-related items was also observed in AD. A neuroimaging approach suggested that reduced SRE is related to decreased grey matter volume in the lateral prefrontal cortex (lPFC). Thus, retrieval of recent self-related memories is impaired in relation to altered high-order processes in lPFC in AD. [less ▲]

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