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See detailEfficiency of shaft sealing for CO2 sequestration in coal mines
Bertrand, François ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Workshop on Geomechanics and Energy: The Ground as Energy Source and Storage (2015, October 13)

This work examined the efficiency of a shaft sealing system for the CO2 sequestration in abandoned coal mines. The particular case of the coal mine of Anderlues was considered. The performed simulation ... [more ▼]

This work examined the efficiency of a shaft sealing system for the CO2 sequestration in abandoned coal mines. The particular case of the coal mine of Anderlues was considered. The performed simulation took into account the anisotropic behaviour of shale and the presence of coalbeds. [less ▲]

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See detailLes visages d'Alain Baczynsky
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Séguin, Marion

Scientific conference (2015, October 10)

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See detailUnderstanding how people with MS get tired while walking
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Phan-Ba, Rémy; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2015, October 09)

BACKGROUND. Walking impairment is frequent, appears early in the disease course of MS patients (MSP), and is perceived as the most disabling symptom. When walking, patients get tired more and differently ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Walking impairment is frequent, appears early in the disease course of MS patients (MSP), and is perceived as the most disabling symptom. When walking, patients get tired more and differently than healthy people (HP) [Phan-Ba et al PLOS 2012]. This limits their walking perimeter. Understanding this phenomenon is thus important to suggest adequate therapies at the right time. OBJECTIVE. Our aim is to understand how MSP get tired while walking compared to HP. Two groups of MSP are considered: those with a low disability level (MSPL) and those with a high one (MSPH). We consider two criteria to measure the disability: the EDSS and the deceleration index (DI) [Phan-Ba et al PLOS 2012]. The limit between the groups is set at DI=0.8 and EDSS=3 (inclusive for MSPL). METHODS. Many gait characteristics (GC) have been measured with the system GAIMS along a 500m path walked as fast as possible. The dataset gathers 464 visits of HP and 70 of MSP. Some people have been assessed several times. There are 33 visits in the group MSPL with the EDSS criterion, and 25 with the DI criterion. Statistical tests (Welch) were performed on the differences and relative differences of the GC measured during the first and last 100m of the test to detect differences between HP and MSPL, and between MSPL and MSPH, as in [ECTRIMS 2012 P755]. RESULTS. Both criteria for defining the groups lead to similar conclusions. For many GC, the distributions of the variations are significantly different between MSPL and MSPH. The largest difference is for the relative difference of speed (p=0.000119 for EDSS and p=0.000021 for DI). In contrast, only the variation of the average lateral distance between the feet, which is related to the size of the base of support (and thus to the balance) shows a very significant difference between HP and MSPL (p=0.000116 for EDSS and p=0.000120 for DI). The balance does not seem to change much from MSPL to MSPH. Besides, we note that the variance decreases slightly from HP to MSPL and increases a lot from MSPL to MSPH. CONCLUSIONS. Statistically, from the motor fatigue point of view, it seems that the course of the MS disease is divided in two different stages. In the first one, MSP get more tired than HP because of a deterioration of the balance. Then, in the second one, their fatigue becomes related to a faster decrease of the walking speed. This suggests that physical therapy exercises focused on the balance could be given to MSP in the early stage of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) over 2004-2013 as inferred from global occultation measurements with ACE-FTS
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Bernath, P. F.; Boone, C. D. et al

Poster (2015, October 05)

In this contribution, we use infrared solar occultation measurements performed by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument onboard the SCISAT-1 Canadian ... [more ▼]

In this contribution, we use infrared solar occultation measurements performed by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument onboard the SCISAT-1 Canadian satellite (Bernath et al., 2005). Since its launch in August 2003, this spectrometer has been in continuous operation with no significant degradation of its performance, and global measurements are available from late February 2004 onwards, spanning now more than a decade. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent trend in carbon tetrachloride from several NDACC FTIR stations
Hannigan, J.; Palm, M.; Conway, S. et al

Conference (2015, October 05)

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See detailPhénoménologie de l’électrochoc : Une reprise du cas Jonas
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Cormann, Grégory ULg

Scientific conference (2015, October 02)

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See detailOuverture des travaux
Valenti, Gianluca ULg; Miesse, Hélène ULg

Conference (2015, October 01)

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See detailA Generic Feature Selection Method for Background Subtraction Using Global Foreground Models
Braham, Marc ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (2015, October)

Over the last few years, a wide variety of background subtraction algorithms have been proposed for the detection of moving objects in videos acquired with a static camera. While much effort have been ... [more ▼]

Over the last few years, a wide variety of background subtraction algorithms have been proposed for the detection of moving objects in videos acquired with a static camera. While much effort have been devoted to the development of robust background models, the automatic spatial selection of useful features for representing the background has been neglected. In this paper, we propose a generic and tractable feature selection method. Interesting contributions of this work are the proposal of a selection process coherent with the segmentation process and the exploitation of global foreground models in the selection strategy. Experiments conducted on the ViBe algorithm show that our feature selection technique improves the segmentation results. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytical model for composite joints under sagging moment
Bennacer, M.A.; Berouai, A; Kriker, A et al

in Engineering Structures (2015), 101

Nowadays, modern codes and standards such as the (Eurocode 4, 2004) deal with the characterisation of steel–concrete composite joints in building structures, mainly under hogging bending moments in the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, modern codes and standards such as the (Eurocode 4, 2004) deal with the characterisation of steel–concrete composite joints in building structures, mainly under hogging bending moments in the beam. However, in sway composite frames or when the composite structure is subjected to an accidental/exceptional event such as earthquake or column loss, the beam-to-column joint may be subjected to sagging bending moment, a loading situation which is not yet covered by the codes. This paper deals with the behaviour of composite beam-to-column external joints under sagging bending moments, mainly focusing on the specific joint component “concrete slab in compression”. Indeed, if reference is made to Eurocodes, the method recommended to characterise structural joints is the component method and the “concrete slab in compression” component has been identified as the missing component to be able to apply this method to composite joints subjected to sagging bending moment. In this article, the finite element method is used to model the slab using VecTor 2 software. Through the performed numerical simulations, the behaviour of the slab is studied in detail and an analytical model is proposed. With the proposed model, it is possible to characterise the concrete slab in compression component and so, to apply the component method to predict the mechanical properties of composite joints subjected to sagging bending moment. [less ▲]

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See detailL’institution de la contre-culture
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

Conference (2015, October)

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See detailFormer des enseignants soucieux de réduire les inégalités d'apprentissage ou comment tenir le cap entre réponse aux demandes et inertie. Analyse de cas d'un centre de formation d'enseignants en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Simons, Germain ULg

Conference (2015, October)

Dans cette contribution, nous analyserons l'évolution des enjeux et priorités que s'est progressivement donné le Centre interfacultaire de formation des enseignants (Cifen) de l'Université de Liège depuis ... [more ▼]

Dans cette contribution, nous analyserons l'évolution des enjeux et priorités que s'est progressivement donné le Centre interfacultaire de formation des enseignants (Cifen) de l'Université de Liège depuis sa création officielle en 1995, et nous nous interrogerons sur leur pertinence. Comment prendre la mesure des changements effectivement mis en place, apprécier leur pertinence, réguler leurs effets, éviter l'essoufflement des partenaires du système ? Telles sont quelques unes des questions qui baliseront notre contribution. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining Features for Cover Song Identification
Osmalsky, Julien ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Foster, Peter et al

in 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (2015, October)

In this paper, we evaluate a set of methods for combining features for cover song identification. We first create multiple classifiers based on global tempo, duration, loudness, beats and chroma average ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we evaluate a set of methods for combining features for cover song identification. We first create multiple classifiers based on global tempo, duration, loudness, beats and chroma average features, training a random forest for each feature. Subsequently, we evaluate standard combination rules for merging these single classifiers into a composite classifier based on global features. We further obtain two higher level classifiers based on chroma features: one based on comparing histograms of quantized chroma features, and a second one based on computing cross-correlations between sequences of chroma features, to account for temporal information. For combining the latter chroma-based classifiers with the composite classifier based on global features, we use standard rank aggregation methods adapted from the information retrieval literature. We evaluate performance with the Second Hand Song dataset, where we quantify performance using multiple statistics. We observe that each combination rule outperforms single methods in terms of the total number of identified queries. Experiments with rank aggregation methods show an increase of up to 23.5 % of the number of identified queries, compared to single classifiers. [less ▲]

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See detailA performance indicator for structures under natural fire
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Engineering Structures (2015), 100

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire ... [more ▼]

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire engineering. Indeed the actual requirement of non-occurrence of structural failure at peak temperature does not guarantee against a delayed failure during or after the cooling phase of a fire, which puts at risk the fire brigades and people proceeding to a building inspection after a fire. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and characterize the materials and structures behavior under decreasing temperatures. Sensitivity to delayed failure of a structural component depends on its typology and constituting materials. In particular, two structural components with the same Fire Resistance rating (R) under standardized fire may exhibit very distinct behavior under natural fire, one of them being more prone to delayed failure than the other. With the aim of quantifying this effect, a new indicator is proposed that characterizes the performance of structures under natural fire conditions. The paper presents the methodology to derive this new indicator as well as results for different typologies of structural components. Parametric analyses highlight the prime influence of constitutive material and thermal inertia of the element on the post-peak behavior. Used in conjunction with the Fire Resistance rating, it is shown how the new indicator carries additional and significant information for classifying structural systems in terms of their fire performance and propensity to delayed failure. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotorefractive holographic camera for monitoring deformations of MEMS
Georges, Marc ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg

in Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (2015), 14(4), 041301

We present the development of a holographic interferometer based on dynamic hologram recording with photorefractive crystals of the sillenite family and which is adapted for the observation of MEMS. A ... [more ▼]

We present the development of a holographic interferometer based on dynamic hologram recording with photorefractive crystals of the sillenite family and which is adapted for the observation of MEMS. A compact portable system was already presented in the past and used in various metrology and nondestructive applications on large scattering objects. It was emphasized the great versatility of the instrument which allows high resolution measurements. Here we show the development and achievement of an optical module which can be easily interfaced on the basic instrument, allowing small specular objects observation. Results of deformation of electrically actuated MEMS are shown. [less ▲]

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See detailTime Ordering Shuffling for Improving Background Subtraction
Laugraud, Benjamin ULg; Latour, Philippe ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (ACIVS) (2015, October)

By construction, a video is a series of ordered frames, whose order is defined at the time of the acquisition process. Background subtraction methods then take this input video and produce a series of ... [more ▼]

By construction, a video is a series of ordered frames, whose order is defined at the time of the acquisition process. Background subtraction methods then take this input video and produce a series of segmentation maps expressed in terms of foreground objects and scene background. To our knowledge, this natural ordering of frames has never been questioned or challenged. In this paper, we propose to challenge, in a prospective view, the natural ordering of video frames in the context of background subtraction, and examine alternative time orderings. The idea consists in changing the order before background subtraction is applied, by means of shuffling strategies, and re-ordering the segmentation maps afterwards. For this purpose, we propose several shuffling strategies and show that, for some background subtraction methods, results are preserved or even improved. The practical advantage of time shuffling is that it can been applied to any existing background subtraction seamlessly. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modeling of the cardiac mechano-electric feedback within a thermo-electro-mechanical framework. Study of its consequences on arrhythmogenesis.
Collet, Arnaud ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

This doctoral study characterizes, for simple geometries, the cardiac autonomous electrical activity induced by the mechanical deformations of the myocardium via the mechano-electric feedback within a ... [more ▼]

This doctoral study characterizes, for simple geometries, the cardiac autonomous electrical activity induced by the mechanical deformations of the myocardium via the mechano-electric feedback within a thermo-electro-mechanical framework. The underlying fundamental mechanisms are highlighted and discussed in detail. In a healthy heart, the mechano-electric feedback acts as a regulator able to damp mechanical perturbations undergone by the heart, by appropriately modulating electrical activity shortly after these perturbations. In this way, a new healthy electromechanical situation is recovered. However, under certain conditions, this feedback can be a generator of dramatic cardiac arrhythmias by inducing local electrical depolarizations resulting from abnormal cardiac muscle tissue deformations. These local perturbations can then propagate in the whole heart and, thus, lead to global cardiac dysfunctions. The one- and two-dimensional models developed in this work to study the arrhythmogenic consequences of the mechano-electric feedback within a thermo-electro-mechanical framework account for three couplings: the excitation-contraction coupling, the mechano-electric feedback, and the thermo-electric coupling. The excitation-contraction coupling allows the mechanical contraction of cardiac muscle cells resulting from the electrical excitation of these cells, triggered by a propagating action potential initially generated by the sino-atrial node in a healthy heart. The mechano-electric feedback takes into account the influence of mechanical deformations on the electrical activity, both at the cell and the macroscopic level. The thermo-electric coupling then modulates certain electrical properties due to a temperature change. The excitation-contraction coupling is modeled in a phenomenological way by combining the Aliev-Panfilov model and the Rogers-McCulloch model. The propagation of the electrical excitation through cardiac muscle tissue is modeled by using the monodomain approach. The mechano-electric feedback is taken into account by considering two different contributions, namely the physiological contribution (physiological feedback) and the geometric contribution (geometric feedback). The physiological feedback consists in the onset of stretch-activated currents due to the deformations of the cardiac muscle tissue via specific mechanosensitive channels. Regarding the geometric feedback, it simply reflects that the propagation of the depolarization waves is altered by the deformations of the geometry. The thermo-electric coupling is modeled via a dependence with respect to the temperature which is exponential for the gating kinetics of ion channels, exponential for the kinetics of the active tension development in cardiomyocytes, and linear for the ionic conductances. This study shows that the mechano-electric feedback can be arrhythmogenic under specific conditions. In particular, this work clearly reveals that the size of the domain and the importance of stretch-activated currents are key factors in the behavior of the autonomous electrical activity induced by the mechano-electric feedback. This doctoral study also shows that temperature variations such as those undergone by the heart during therapeutic hypothermia or hyperthermia play a central role in the cardiac electromechanical behavior. Moreover, this work emphasizes the influence of the initial conditions on the electromechanical behavior of cardiac tissue. In the one-dimensional framework, an important result of this work is that the disappearance of the autonomous electrical activity induced by the deformations of the cardiac muscle can be associated with different types of bifurcation phenomena, depending on the values of the parameters. These bifurcations, which correspond in fact to different ways for the AEA to vanish, are emphasized and discussed in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailL'enseignement-apprentissage du néerlandais en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles: objectifs, méthodes, résultats
Rasier, Laurent ULg; Hiligsmann, Philippe

Conference (2015, September 30)

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See detailEtude d’un concentrateur solaire basé sur une combinaison optique diffractive/réfractive pour applications spatiales
Michel, Céline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Continued demand for new applications from spacecrafts leads to larger power needs. For most of them, the primary energy sources are solar panels. However, these solar panels are heavy and expensive ... [more ▼]

Continued demand for new applications from spacecrafts leads to larger power needs. For most of them, the primary energy sources are solar panels. However, these solar panels are heavy and expensive, mainly due to solar cells and their coverglass. The power need increase requires thus new concepts of solar panels. Furthermore, space environment is highly constraining: the vacuum limits heat trans- fer since convection is not allowed, there is contamination modifying the light spectrum reaching cells, ultraviolet light induces a yellowing of silicone glue, radiations degrade pho- tovoltaic cells, etc. Usually, multi-junctions (MJ) cells are used, that are strongly sensitive to spectral modification in their incident spectrum due to their series connected structure (the worst cell defines the whole output performance). The power dimensioning of solar panels is then based on end of life (EOL) PV cells expected performance. Reducing the sensitivity to increase EOL output power is then another challenge for space applications. This thesis aims to answer to both problems, by the proposition and study of a new lightweight solar concentrator with spectral splitting. This conceptual concentrator is composed of a Fresnel lens for sunlight concentration, coupled to a surface relief diffraction grating to spectrally split incident light, forming a single optical element in silicone. The concentration behavior allows a reduction of solar cells area (including its coverglass), replaced by a lightweight silicone lens, reducing the global cost and mass. The lateral spectral separation will permit other types of cells than the usual MJ cells. To demonstrate the concept, two single junctions (SJ) solar cells are placed side by side, the first collecting visible light, the second collecting near IR light. Since cells are electrically independent, sensitivity is lower and EOL output power can surpass standard MJ cells systems. Moreover, cells combination is nearly free: all photovoltaic technology can be used and combined, opening the solar concentration field to other technologies than MJ. This work studies and evaluates the pros and cons of diffraction grating/Fresnel lens combinations as solar concentrator with spectral splitting. The analysis includes the choice of material, optical developments and optimizations (grating selection, freeform lenses, grating period optimization along the lens, etc.), electrical modeling and methods to find the best cells combination as well as the modeling of expected output power, a thermal simulation, weight and deployment considerations, and approaches of sensitivity with spectral modifications. Some experimental results complete the study. Two main configurations were developed: a first with a blazed grating, and a second with a symmetrical lamellar grating. Both configurations, after optimization, show similar performances: a global geometrical concentration ratio around 5-6× (ratio between lens width and the total width of the two cells), a tracking error tolerance up to 0.7◦, no drastic degradation with respect to deformations, fabrication errors, etc., an output power at begin of life (BOL) better than a classical concentrator focusing on a SJ cell or a planar solar panel composed of SJ cells. Both configurations present also a BOL specific mass [kg/W] lower than a classical planar solar panel covered by MJ cells, and a lower sensitivity to space environment, with theoretical larger EOL output power depending on chosen PV cells combinations. Existing deployment systems are proposed and discussed. Also, an experimental prototype of the optical element was realized, with optical results close to simulations. Some adaptations to terrestrial concentrators, other spectra, or using more than 2 different SJ cells are also introduced, highlighting the versatility of our concept. Results demonstrate thus the coherence of the concept, leading to experimentally feasible and quite tolerant concentrator, with interesting cost reduction thanks to concentration and specific weight reduction. However, optical losses due to the non-perfect spectral splitting of the grating is too high to be able to surpass MJ cells systems BOL up to now, and the lower sensitivity of our concentrator cannot completely compensate this lack of performance at EOL. To reach better performances than MJ systems, from cost, mass, radiation resistance, etc. point of view and to exploit the obvious gain in sensitivity, the concentrator needs thus further investigations mainly related to cells combinations. Especially as our concept opens a lot of opportunities thanks to the complete independence of cells: other technologies are allowed, specific coatings can improve performances, ... Applications for Earth or places with different/changing incident spectra is another plausible perspective. Our concentrator with spectral splitting can also be a major advantage for specific scientific space missions like deep space missions. [less ▲]

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