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See detailExperimental study of the drying kinetic of mortar
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg

Conference (2014, August 24)

This work reports the results of an experimental study concerning on one hand the influence of water-to cement ratios (W/C), and the role of aggregates on the other hand on the drying kinetics of cement ... [more ▼]

This work reports the results of an experimental study concerning on one hand the influence of water-to cement ratios (W/C), and the role of aggregates on the other hand on the drying kinetics of cement pastes during thermal drying. Three types of cement pastes were realized and studied; cement pastes with ratios W/C 0.4, W/C 0.5 and mortar with ratio W/C 0.5. These tries present the advantage to reproduce the natural conditions met in the problems of interaction atmosphere and material. Cylindrical samples of cement of size (17 X 13) mm are dried in a convective dryer. The sample is continuously weighed during the drying test and its mass is recorded every 60 s, in the purpose to obtain the drying curves. The results show that the increase of the W/C ratio leads to an increase of the drying rate due to the increase of the initial porosity. The effect of the introduction of aggregates is observable by the comparison of the drying curve obtained for the mortar and the cement pastes. The results show a decrease of the drying kinetics with mortars. The results also show that the air drying temperature has a large impact on the drying process, increasing the temperature leading to significant drying time reduction. The Effective diffusion coefficient is calculated by comparison between the experimental results and the analytical solution of Fick’s equation written for a finite medium. [less ▲]

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See detailAge-dependent and age-independent effects of testosterone in male quail
Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Schmit, Mélanie; de Bournonville, Catherine ULg et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2014), 208C

Various studies in rodents recently concluded that puberty should be considered as a second period of organization of brain and behavior and that action of sex steroids at that time is long lasting and ... [more ▼]

Various studies in rodents recently concluded that puberty should be considered as a second period of organization of brain and behavior and that action of sex steroids at that time is long lasting and possibly permanent. We tested this notion in male Japanese quail that had been castrated before 3 weeks post- hatch by analyzing whether a similar treatment with exogenous testosterone initiated at 3, 5 or 7 weeks post-hatch has a differential influence on the development of testosterone-dependent morphological, behavioral and neural characteristics that are known to be sexually differentiated. The growth of the androgen-dependent cloacal gland was significantly faster when testosterone treatment was initiated later in life indicating that the target tissue is not ready to fully respond to androgens at 3 weeks post- hatch. The three groups of birds nevertheless developed a gland of the same size typical of intact sexually mature birds. When adults, all birds expressed copulatory behavior with the same frequencies and laten- cies and they displayed the same level of aromatase activity and of vasotocinergic innervation in the pre- optic area as gonadally intact males despite the fact that they had been treated with testosterone for different durations starting at different ages. Surprisingly, the frequency of cloacal sphincter contractions, a measure of appetitive sexual behavior, was significantly higher when testosterone treatment had been initiated later. Together these data provide no clear evidence for an organizational action of testosterone during sexual maturation of male quail but additional experiments should investigate whether estrogens have such an action in females. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic Simulations of Combined Transmission and Distribution Systems using Parallel Processing Techniques
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 18th PSCC (2014, August 22)

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, we propose a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition ... [more ▼]

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, we propose a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm to provide accurate, detailed dynamic simulations of the combined system. The simulation procedure is accelerated with the use of parallel programming techniques, taking advantage of the parallelization opportunities inherent in domain decomposition algorithms. The proposed algorithm is general, portable and scalable on inexpensive, shared-memory, multicore machines. A large-scale test system is used for its performance evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of robust detection techniques for local outliers in multivariate spatial data
Ernst, Marie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

Conference (2014, August 22)

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Spatial data may contain two types of atypical observations: global ... [more ▼]

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Spatial data may contain two types of atypical observations: global and/or local outliers. The attribute values of a global outlier are outlying with respect to the values taken by the majority of the data points while the attribute values of a local outlier are extreme when compared to those of its neighbors. Usual outlier detection techniques may be used to find global outliers as the geographical positions of the data is not taken into account in this specific search. The detection of local outliers is more complex, especially when there are more than one non spatial attributes. This talk focuses on local detection with two main objectives. First, we will shortly review some of the local detection techniques that seem to perform well in practice. Among these, one can find robust ``Mahalanobis-type'' detection techniques and a wheighted PCA approach. We suggest an adaptation to one of these to further develop its local characteristic. Then, examples and simulations, based on linear model of co-regionalisation with Matern models, are reported and discussed in order to compare in an objective way the different detection techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo skin fluorescence imaging in young Caucasian adults with early malignant melanomas
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg et al

in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology (2014), 7

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological increase has been disclosed in young women. The aim of the study was to assess the effects of chronic sun exposures in order to rate the extend of melanocytic stimulations in the vicinity of CMM. Methods: The study was designed to evaluate the melanin distribution and density using ultraviolet light illumination. The present study was performed on surgical excision specimens of thin CMM lesion removed from the upper limbs of 55 Caucasian adults (37 women and 18 men). Two control groups comprised 23 men and 21 women of similar ages who had medium-size congenital melanocytic nevi, also present on the upper limbs. The peritumoral skin was scrutinized using a Visioscan® VC98 device, revealing the faint mosaic melanoderma (FMM) pattern that grossly indicates early signs of chronic photodamage in epidermal melanin units. Results: The median extent of relative FMM was significantly higher in the CMM male group. By contrast, the CMM female group showed a reverse bimodal distribution in FMM size. Only 12/37 (32.5%) of the CMM female group had an increased FMM size, whereas 25/37 (67.5%) of females with CMM had a global FMM extent in the normal range, relative to the controls. Conclusion: Thin CMM supervening in young women appear unrelated to repeat photoexposure. Other mechanisms are possibly involved. [less ▲]

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See detailPedigree-based haplotype reconstruction, identification of cross-overs and detection of map and genotyping errors using PHASEBOOK
Druet, Tom ULg; Georges, Michel ULg

Conference (2014, August 22)

Haplotype reconstruction is important in many applications in animal genomics. In livestock species, thanks to the availability of large half-sibs families and genotyped relatives, phasing methods can ... [more ▼]

Haplotype reconstruction is important in many applications in animal genomics. In livestock species, thanks to the availability of large half-sibs families and genotyped relatives, phasing methods can rely on strong familial information and results in families with more than 10 offspring are very accurate. However, most methods are sensitive to genotyping and map errors which will be more common with next generation sequencing data. Such problems are particularly important when studying recombination rate as we plan to do in the near future. We herein describe a novel algorithm which is robust to genotyping errors and which can identify errors in marker maps. Using a large dairy cattle data set genotyped with high-density genotyping arrays, we show that the novel algorithm strongly reduces the occurrence of spurious cross-overs due to different sources of errors, and identifies map errors for most of the bovine autosomes. The implemented version is still experimental and further research will be conducted to characterize the novel method (including simulations) and to fully describe the identified map errors. [less ▲]

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See detailEcosystem Services and Agriculture
Boeraeve, Fanny ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailSensitivity based Assessment of Transient Voltage Sags caused by Rotor Swings
Weckesser, Tilman; Jóhansson, Hjörtur; Ostergaard, Jacob et al

in Proc. 18th Power System Computation Conference (2014, August 22)

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from ... [more ▼]

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from the algebraic network equations. These provide information on the impact of a generator on the voltage magnitude at a load bus and the effect of load variation on the generator’s power injection. It is shown that these sensitivities give valuable information to identify critical generator-load pairs and locations for applying preventive control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly through molecular dynamic simulations
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Krisztina et al

Poster (2014, August 21)

The self-assembly of short peptides into supramolecular structures represents an active field of research with potential applications, ranging from material sciences to medicine. Pseudodesmine A is a ... [more ▼]

The self-assembly of short peptides into supramolecular structures represents an active field of research with potential applications, ranging from material sciences to medicine. Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A is monomeric while in chloroform, it has the same structure but assembles in a supramolecular complex. This structure could associate with membranes and be responsible for the biological activity of the peptide. Comparison of NMR data in the two solvents has given indications on the intermolecular contacts that arise in chloroform and a model for the self-association was proposed. To study in more details this assembly, molecular dynamics simulations have been carried on. The resultswere compared with detailed information given by NMR, regarding the dimensions of the assembly and the orientation of the individual peptide building blocks inside the supramolecular assembly. In acetonitrile, the simulations show that the peptide has transient interactions while in chloroform, interactions between monomers are always observed. In agreement with NMR, these interactions arise mainly between the backbone protons of the LEU1 and the GLN2, the GLN2 sidechain and the loop located on the opposite end of the monomer structure. From 10 simulations of dimerization, hydrogen bonds were followed and specific interaction patterns were identified regarding the hydrogen bonds formed. Peptide interactions are mainly described by 13 interaction patterns characterized by 2 to 4 hydrogen bonds. In dimers, the peptides can have a linear, a perpendicular or a side by side configuration. From the linear dimer, it is possible to reconstruct filaments and, by combining a linear and a lateral dimer, it is possible to build fibrils with multifilaments, as found in the NMR-derived model. Two self-consistent supramolecular models can be built from dimers and they present a very good correlation with NMR data regarding the supramolecular organization. Besides, the perpendicular dimer can gives peptide rings that can also explain the potential ability of this peptide to form ion pores in membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly through molecular dynamic simulations
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Krisztina et al

Conference (2014, August 20)

The self-assembly of short peptides into supramolecular structures represents an active field of research with potential applications, ranging from material sciences to medicine. Pseudodesmine A is a ... [more ▼]

The self-assembly of short peptides into supramolecular structures represents an active field of research with potential applications, ranging from material sciences to medicine. Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A is monomeric while in chloroform, it has the same structure but assembles in a supramolecular complex. This structure could associate with membranes and be responsible for the biological activity of the peptide. Comparison of NMR data in the two solvents has given indications on the intermolecular contacts that arise in chloroform and a model for the self-association was proposed. To study in more details this assembly, molecular dynamics simulations have been carried on. The resultswere compared with detailed information given by NMR, regarding the dimensions of the assembly and the orientation of the individual peptide building blocks inside the supramolecular assembly. In acetonitrile, the simulations show that the peptide has transient interactions while in chloroform, interactions between monomers are always observed. In agreement with NMR, these interactions arise mainly between the backbone protons of the LEU1 and the GLN2, the GLN2 sidechain and the loop located on the opposite end of the monomer structure. From 10 simulations of dimerization, hydrogen bonds were followed and specific interaction patterns were identified regarding the hydrogen bonds formed. Peptide interactions are mainly described by 13 interaction patterns characterized by 2 to 4 hydrogen bonds. In dimers, the peptides can have a linear, a perpendicular or a side by side configuration. From the linear dimer, it is possible to reconstruct filaments and, by combining a linear and a lateral dimer, it is possible to build fibrils with multifilaments, as found in the NMR-derived model. Two self-consistent supramolecular models can be built from dimers and they present a very good correlation with NMR data regarding the supramolecular organization. Besides, the perpendicular dimer can gives peptide rings that can also explain the potential ability of this peptide to form ion pores in membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailLe poids d'août 1914 dans les relations belgo-allemandes (1914-1964)
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Conference (2014, August 20)

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See detailA multifractal analysis of air temperature signals based on the wavelet leaders method
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Conference (2014, August 20)

We present the wavelet leaders method (introduced by S. Jaffard) as a tool to study the Hölder regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal ... [more ▼]

We present the wavelet leaders method (introduced by S. Jaffard) as a tool to study the Hölder regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal formalism to show that surface air temperature signals are monofractal, i.e. these are regularly irregular. Then we use this result to establish a climate classification of weather stations in Europe which matches the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. This result could give rise to new criteria to determine the effectiveness of current climatic models. [less ▲]

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See detailCommémorations et souvenirs d'août 1914 à Liège
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

Conference (2014, August 20)

Comment, au fil des décennies, a-t-on célébré à Liège et dans sa région, le souvenir des événements d’août 1914, à commencer par la bataille de Liège et la résistance des forts ? Comment les autorités et ... [more ▼]

Comment, au fil des décennies, a-t-on célébré à Liège et dans sa région, le souvenir des événements d’août 1914, à commencer par la bataille de Liège et la résistance des forts ? Comment les autorités et les Liégeois eux-mêmes ont-ils contribué à construire la mémoire de ce mois tragique ? Comment, notamment, la presse locale a-t-elle rendu compte de ces manifestations ? Cette communication analyse l’évolution du contexte commémoratif liégeois de 1924 à 2004. Dans l’entre-deux-guerres, le souvenir d’août 1914 est extrêmement vif : les rescapés sont encore très nombreux, la germanophobie s'exprime avec force et le contexte international interfère puissamment sur la commémoration. Après la Seconde Guerre, un triple enjeu s’impose : gérer la concurrence ou la confusion de la mémoire et du souvenir entre les deux conflits mondiaux, entretenir la flamme de ce souvenir alors que le temps s’écoule et que les survivants se raréfient, et enfin appréhender un contexte international, lié notamment à la guerre froide, dans lequel l’Allemagne (de l’Ouest) est avant tout un partenaire politique et économique. En outre, dès les années 1970 mais surtout 1980, l'idée d'un tourisme mémoriel se fraie un chemin dans une région en pleine reconversion économique. [less ▲]

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See detailThe taste bud and the form. Ethnography of sensory labs
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Conference (2014, August 20)

Sensory analyses present an opportunity to challenge classical dualism, especially when it is about taste. During long-term fieldworks, I accompanied several types of sensory expert panels, which had the ... [more ▼]

Sensory analyses present an opportunity to challenge classical dualism, especially when it is about taste. During long-term fieldworks, I accompanied several types of sensory expert panels, which had the mission to discriminate different sorts of products and define their respective sensory profile. I was interested to observe the period of training to understand how those people had acquired their expertise, and how their attention toward their own sensations were entangled to scientific infrastructures. Using sensory ethnographic methods, I assisted to the emergence of a particular world, in which the classical categories for science practices and taste perception were completely blurred. To establish a common truth, through sturdy and stable categories, appears to be compatible with personal moods and dispositions, singular and hedonic judgments, sociocultural grounded sensorium, contingent elements, and indeterminate parameters. Resorting to standard tests, educated and coached judges, statistical treatments, specific vocabulary, comparisons to physic-chemical analysis and various other apparatuses, these labs tempt to define and assess some food products. The goal of those examinations could be multiple: to outline consumers¿ feelings and choices, to check the quality of production, to search new applications, or to improve a current array. What interested me is the quest to an object practically exploitable in an industrial and commercial context, avoiding all kind of idiosyncratic experiences. In this presentation, I would tempt an analysis of those particular tests, focusing on the double bind of testing products and testing consumers, and searching to assess the causes of organoleptic variability. [less ▲]

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See detailMetropolitan governance rescaling in Belgium, France and United Kingdom. Studying boundaries of urban governments through the application of an analytical framework for institutional changes.
Breuer, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, August 20)

Second tier European cities (small metropolis or regional cities) are subject to permanent reconfigurations of their governance. These changes are the response to both external and internal ... [more ▼]

Second tier European cities (small metropolis or regional cities) are subject to permanent reconfigurations of their governance. These changes are the response to both external and internal transformations. On the one side, they are facing external pressures as increased competition between cities, European integration, legislative evolution or paradigm switch. On the other side, cities are dealing with internal problems: urban sprawl, socio-spatial segregation, actors’ fragmentation, financial issues, etc. These tensions renew themselves and take various shapes. They are wondering cities governance and ways to manage them. To cope with new challenges in a new context, cities are trying to reconfigure their collective action in a new spatiality and with new coordination modes. In this context, inherited institutional boundaries – that could be seen as obsolete or inadequate in a changing World – are particularly under pressure. Cities governments and their spatial limits are a central issue for researchers, politicians and urban actors, and a major component of the urban or metropolitan governance. Although second-tier cities are an essential part of the “polycentric system of European cities”, attention has essentially been focused on large metropolis and capital cities, where the problem occurred earlier. Furthermore, there is an extended literature on institutional change and the “rescaling”, but research mainly focused on the response of cities to economic changes; few analysis offer a good comprehension of particular trajectories and evolution of cities limits which are highly embedded in local context. These shortcomings make the reading of contemporary mutations particularly complex for local actors. Our paper presents our research on the development and the validation of an analytical framework to interpret changes in cities’ governments boundaries. We improved and used a framework based on institutional change and social change, which combined both institutional design theories and self-organization theories. The analytical framework had been tested on the last decades government limits changes of regional cities and small metropolis in France (Saint-Étienne, Metz), United Kingdom (Sheffield) and Belgium (Liège, Brussels). The research was carried on with historical and geographical data collected during research stays in each of these cities: historical evolution of cities limits, legislation’ development, urbanization trajectory, etc. The research leads to some conclusions. Firstly, it is possible to develop a generic analytical framework to identify and interpret mutations of city government limits. This framework helps to make a systematic identification of actors’ dynamics, internal or external pressure and spatial changes, and go ahead apparent dichotomy between quick adjustment and high stability of some governance configuration. Secondly, the analytical model shows there is a common scheme of city limits evolution, which is driven among others things by European common dynamics (specifically economic and political dynamic). Thirdly, despite similarities in cities government boundaries changes, the analytical model demonstrates the importance of local contexts to understand individual evolutions and the specific trajectory of a city’ limits. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude géologique et géophysique en vue de la construction d'un bassin d'orage à Jupille, rue de Beyne
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2014)

Une série de profils de résistivité électrique ont été réalisés en vue de repérer d'éventuels puits de mine au sein du bedrock houiller.

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See detailEarthquake imprints on 400 years of marine sedimentation in the western Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Poster (2014, August 18)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is the highest of the whole Corinth Rift. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to look for sedimentary signature of past earthquakes. 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved in different environments: two shelves (40 and 100 m deep), one sub-basin (180 m deep) and the deep Gulf axis (330 m deep). The cores are 0.5 to 0.85 m long, permitting to analyze up to 400 yrs of sedimentation. Several sedimentological analyses have been performed: magnetic susceptibility, grain-size, XRF, ASM. Chronology is based on 137Cs and 210Pb decay. In parallel, an in-depth analysis of existing and newly found documents has been done to re-interpret macroseismic intensity fields of historical earthquakes and to build an updated earthquake catalogue for the area. These new data allowed us to estimate a macroseismic intensity threshold for submarine slope failures in the area, based on 16 reported events. Sedimentary events have been identified in all cores. On the first shelf, despite a visually homogenous, silty, sedimentation, 3 events have been highlighted by high resolution grain-size analysis and 210Pb decay profile’s disturbances. The upper one could be a back-wash flow tsunami deposit. On the second shelf, 4 high-concentration density flow deposits occurred with a recurrence time of ~58 yrs. In the canyon and in the sub-basin, sandy turbidites occurred with recurrence times of ~26 and ~56 years respectively. The possible seismic origin of these deposits is discussed based on their sedimentary characteristics and the macroseismic intensities assessed for the sediments source areas for each core location. [less ▲]

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