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See detailAGING MECHANISMS IN AMORPHOUS PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg

Conference (2015, August 18)

Aging phenomena are common to all amorphous structures, but of special importance in phase change materials (PCM) since it impedes the realization of multi-level memories. Different interpretations have ... [more ▼]

Aging phenomena are common to all amorphous structures, but of special importance in phase change materials (PCM) since it impedes the realization of multi-level memories. Different interpretations have been proposed, but we focus here on the structural relaxation of amorphous GeTe, chosen because it is the simplest system that is representative of the wider class of GST alloys, lying along the GeTe-Sb2Te3 composition line of the GeSbTe phase diagram. The direct melt-and-quench DFT based Molecular Dynamics approach leads to models with a few hundred atoms, and, hence a small number of atomic environments. Here we sample a large number of local atomic environments, and bonding schemes, by chemically substituting different alloys to favor different local atomic structures. This enables spanning a larger fraction of the configuration space relevant to aging. GST alloys are known to display complex bonding that does not follow the chemist’s “octet-rule”. This lead to many controversies, especially concerning the local structure around Ge atoms. We overcome this problem by using state of the art non local DFT-MD, including the so-called van der Waals corrections. This leads to more clearly defined environments that are thoroughly analyzed. We can then identify their fingerprints in the available structural experimental data and assess their stability to find the driving forces leading to the structural relaxation. The calculated electronic properties nicely match the most recent photothermal deflection spectroscopy experiments. Our results support a model of the amorphous phase and its time evolution that involves an evolution of the local (chemical) order towards that of the crystal (by getting rid of homopolar bonds), and an evolution of its electronic properties that drift away from those of the crystal, driven by an increase of the Peierls-like distortion of the local environments in the amorphous [1]. [1] J.Y Raty, W. Zhang, J. Luckas, C. Chen, R. Mazzarello, C. Bichara and M. Wuttig, Nature Comm. To appear. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric metal pollution over the last 250 years inferred from speleothem geochemistry
Allan, Mohammed ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; verheyden, sophie

Conference (2015, August 17)

Lead concentrations and isotope ratios from two speleothems from the Han-sur-Lesse cave in southern Belgium were measured in order to study the ability of speleothems to act as archives of atmospheric ... [more ▼]

Lead concentrations and isotope ratios from two speleothems from the Han-sur-Lesse cave in southern Belgium were measured in order to study the ability of speleothems to act as archives of atmospheric pollution. To address this aim we analyzed trace elemental Al and Pb compositions by LA-ICP-MS and ICP-MS as well as Pb isotopes by MC-ICP-MS. The results help to identify three Pb-enriched intervals: from 1880 to 1905 AD, from 1945 to 1965 AD, and from 1975 to 1990 AD. The speleothem record is consistent with the evolution of atmospheric pollution in Belgium. Lead isotope ratios confirm that coal and gasoline combustion, combined with regional metallurgical activities, were the predominant Pb pollution sources in the stalagmites during the last 250 years. This research underscores the importance of speleothems as a valuable tool for the discrimination between anthropogenic and natural lead contributions in the environment and consequently for quantifying the anthropogenic contribution or determining natural background values in continental settings. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Airline Container Loading Problem with Pickup and Delivery
Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

in European Journal of Operational Research (2015), 244(3), 955-965

This paper considers the loading optimization problem for a set of containers and pallets transported into a cargo aircraft that serves multiple airports. Because of pickup and delivery operations that ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the loading optimization problem for a set of containers and pallets transported into a cargo aircraft that serves multiple airports. Because of pickup and delivery operations that occur at intermediate airports, this problem is simultaneously a Weight & Balance Problem and a Sequencing Problem. Our objective is to minimize fuel and handling operation costs. This problem is shown to be NP-hard. We resort to a mixed integer linear program. Based on real-world data from a professional partner (TNT Airways), we perform numerical experiments using a standard B&C library. This approach yields better solutions than traditional manual planning, which results in substantial cost savings. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance, robustness and sensitivity analysis of the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2015), 60-61

The nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is a recently developed nonlinear absorber which generalizes Den Hartog׳s equal peak method to nonlinear systems. If the purposeful introduction of ... [more ▼]

The nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is a recently developed nonlinear absorber which generalizes Den Hartog׳s equal peak method to nonlinear systems. If the purposeful introduction of nonlinearity can enhance system performance, it can also give rise to adverse dynamical phenomena, including detached resonance curves and quasiperiodic regimes of motion. Through the combination of numerical continuation of periodic solutions, bifurcation detection and tracking, and global analysis, the present study identifies boundaries in the NLTVA parameter space delimiting safe, unsafe and unacceptable operations. The sensitivity of these boundaries to uncertainty in the NLTVA parameters is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical modeling of lateral dike breaching due to overtopping
Rifai, Ismail; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, RCEM 2015 (2015, August)

Dikes are commonly used as defense structures for river flow channelization, protecting population and property from floods and against lateral riverbed migration. However, the aging of these structures ... [more ▼]

Dikes are commonly used as defense structures for river flow channelization, protecting population and property from floods and against lateral riverbed migration. However, the aging of these structures, combined with their increased vulnerability to extreme hydrological events may cause the dikes to breach, and subsequently to break. Furthermore, statistics show that flow overtopping is the main cause of dike failure, which emphasizes the need to understand thoroughly the process of breaching. Indeed, from a risk management perspective it is particularly important to have a detailed understanding of the mechanisms (e.g. internal erosion, overtopping erosion) underlying the formation of breaches due to overtopping and reliable information on flows passing through them. Conversely, the current knowledge of breaching mechanisms remains fragmented, especially because dike failure involves complex interactions between flows, materials of the structure, soil and foundations. The existing studies have addressed partially these interactions as the considered idealized dikes were generally homogenous, the piping erosion unaccounted for and the overtopping replicated in a dam-break like configuration. Yet, river embankments are subjected to high flow velocities parallel to the direction of the dike and to flow in the floodplain, which highly influence the shape of the breach and its evolution. The objective of the present work is to fill this gap. A laboratory experimental investigation is planned in the National Laboratory for Hydraulics and Environment (LNHE) of EDF R&D (France) and in the research group Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering (HECE) of the University of Liege (Belgium), reproducing realistic configurations of river dikes, accounting for the tangential flow in both main channel and floodplain. It enables thus the assessment of, on the one hand, the effect of the increase of the water level, and on the other hand, the influence of waves. The laboratory tests also consider the effect of a surface layer and composition of the dike core by testing different material mixtures. Geometry and composition of the idealized dikes are representative of typical field dikes, based on the similarity theory. [less ▲]

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See detailA study of composite laminates failure using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced damage mean-field homogenization model
Wu, Ling ULg; Sket, Federico; Molina-Aldareguia, Jon M et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 126

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates is studied using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean-field homogenization scheme. In each ply, a homogenized ... [more ▼]

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates is studied using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean-field homogenization scheme. In each ply, a homogenized material law is used to capture the intra-laminar failure. The anisotropy of the homogenized material model results from the homogenization method and from the reformulation of the non-local continuum damage theory to account for the material anisotropy. As a result the damage propagation direction in each ply is predicted with accuracy as compared to the experimental results, while the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization, which occur in classical finite element simulations when strain softening of materials is involved, can be avoided. To model the delamination process, the hybrid discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law method is introduced at the ply interfaces. This hybrid method avoids the need to propagate topological changes in the mesh with the propagation of the delamination while it preserves the consistency and stability in the un-cracked interfaces. As a demonstration, open-hole coupons with different stacking sequences are studied numerically and experimentally. Both the intra- and inter-laminar failure patterns are shown to be well captured by the computational framework. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterizing activity sequences using Profile Hidden Markov Models
Liu, Feng; Janssens, Davy; Cui, JianXun et al

in Expert Systems with Applications (2015), 42(13), 57055722

In literature, activity sequences, generated from activity-travel diaries, have been analyzed and classified into clusters based on the composition and ordering of the activities using Sequence Alignment ... [more ▼]

In literature, activity sequences, generated from activity-travel diaries, have been analyzed and classified into clusters based on the composition and ordering of the activities using Sequence Alignment Methods (SAM). However, using these methods, only the frequent activities in each cluster are extracted and qualitatively described; the infrequent activities and their related travel episodes are disregarded. Thus, to quantify the occurrence probabilities of all the daily activities as well as their sequential orders, we develop a novel process to build multiple alignments of the sequences and subsequently derive profile Hidden Markov Models (pHMMs). This process consists of 4 major steps. First, activity sequences are clustered based on a pre-defined scheme. The frequent activities along with their sequential orders are then identified in each cluster, and they are subsequently used as a template to guide the construction of a multiple alignment of the cluster of sequences. Finally, a pHMM is employed to convert the multiple alignment into a position-specific scoring system, representing the probability of each frequent activity at each important position of the alignment as well as the probabilities of both insertion and deletion of infrequent activities. By applying the derived pHMMs to a set of activity-travel diaries collected in Belgium as well as a group of mobile phone call location data recorded in Switzerland, the potential and effectiveness of the models in capturing the sequential features of each cluster and distinguishing them from those of other clusters, are demonstrated. The proposed method can also be utilized to improve activity-based transportation model validation and travel survey designs. Furthermore, it offers a wide application in characterizing a group of any related sequences, particularly sequences varying in length and with a high frequency of short sequences that are typically present in human behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailSedimentological and geochemical evidence to detect arid periods recorded in wadi deposits: a case study from northern Morocco
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Bartz, Melanie; Rixhon, Gilles et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailIdentification of VZV ORF9p potential cellular partners that could be important for the viral egress.
Lebrun, Marielle ULg; riva, laura; Rambout, Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 26)

ORF9p (homologous to HSV-1 VP22) is a VZV tegument protein essential for the viral replication. During the lytic cycle it is the mostly expressed gene. We have recently demonstrated that it is a substrate ... [more ▼]

ORF9p (homologous to HSV-1 VP22) is a VZV tegument protein essential for the viral replication. During the lytic cycle it is the mostly expressed gene. We have recently demonstrated that it is a substrate of the viral kinase ORF47p and that its ORF47p-dependent phosphorylation is important for the secondary envelopment process. We also have identified an acidic cluster (AC) within the protein that is important for its correct localization in the infected cells and for the interaction with ORF47p. The recombinant VZV expressing ORF9p-ΔAC presents an accumulation of capsids in the perinuclear space. ORF9p seems then to play an important role in several steps of the egress process. In this context, we sought to identify cellular partners of ORF9p that might be important for these functions. We performed a yeast two hybrid screen against the human ORFeome 5.1. and picked out 44 candidates among which 5 proteins playing roles in membrane organization and targeting. We currently are trying to confirm these interactions in infected cells and to assess the role of these interactions for the viral lytic cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailPersonnalité antisociale et psychopathologie
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, July 14)

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes ... [more ▼]

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes contradictions propres au diagnostic qui nous mèneront à l’identification du critère « primaire » de cette entité qui est l’« incapacité à se conformer aux lois et normes sociales ». Nous confronterons ensuite à des situations cliniques l’hétérogénéité des profils pouvant répondre à ce diagnostic. Nos constats nous conduiront à mettre en doute la validité apparente du concept de personnalité antisociale, puisqu’il recouvre des modes de fonctionnement psychologique variés. La valeur discriminative faible, en matière de fonctionnement psychologique, suggère que c’est une dimension autre que psychopathologique qui organise ce diagnostic. Dénuée de toute attention pour les modes d’interactions, pour le vécu émotionnel et pour les états de subjectivité, la notion de personnalité antisociale ne porte pas d’intérêt à l’individu qu’elle catégorise, mais bien à l’acte délinquant commis par ce dernier. Nous conclurons sur le constat de l’absence de dimension psychopathologique de la personnalité antisociale, qui se révèle être un diagnostic principalement criminologique, à l’inverse des fondements de l’éthique psychopathologique. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment, validation and comparison of NIR and Raman methods for the identification and assay of poor-quality oral quinine drops.
Mbinze Kidenge, Jérémie; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Yemoa, Achille et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015), 111

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient ... [more ▼]

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient local drug analysis laboratories. To tackle part of this issue, two spectroscopic methods with the ability to detect and to quantify quinine dihydrochloride in children’s oral drops formulations were developed and validated. Raman and Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy were selected for the drug analysis due to their low cost, non-destructive and rapid characteristics. Both of the methods developed were successfully validated using the total error approach in the range of 50-150% of the target concentration (20% W/V) within the 10% acceptance limits. Samples collected on the Congolese pharmaceutical market were analyzed by both techniques to detect potentially substandard drugs. After a comparison of the analytical performance of both methods, it has been decided to implement the method based on NIR spectroscopy to perform the routine analysis of quinine oral drop samples in the Quality Control Laboratory of Drugs at the University of Kinshasa (DRC). [less ▲]

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See detailDrug loading of polymer implants by supercritical CO2 assisted impregnation: a review
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Tassaing, Thierry et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (2015), 209

Drug loaded implants also called drug-eluting implants have proven their benefits over simple implants. Among the developed manufacturing processes, the supercritical CO2 (scCO2) assisted impregnation has ... [more ▼]

Drug loaded implants also called drug-eluting implants have proven their benefits over simple implants. Among the developed manufacturing processes, the supercritical CO2 (scCO2) assisted impregnation has attracted growing attention to load Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients into polymer implants since it enables to recover a final implant free of any solvent residue and to operate under mild temperature which is suitable for processing with thermosensitive drugs. This paper is a review of the state-of-the-art and the application of the scCO2 assisted impregnation process to prepare drug-eluting implants. It introduces the process and presents its advantages for biomedical applications. The influences of the characteristics of the implied binary systems and of the experimental conditions on the drug loading are described. Then, the various current applications of this process for manufacturing drug-eluting implants are reviewed. Finally, the new emerging variations of this process are described. [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond indiscipline of Labor Market Intermediaries : The Case of Public Employement Services and Private Providers Partnerships
Remy, Céline ULg; Beuker, Laura ULg; Gérard, Julie ULg

Conference (2015, July 08)

Following the economic and social changes in the countries of the European Union (liberalization requirements, crisis of the welfare State, diversification of users expectations, etc.), compelling ... [more ▼]

Following the economic and social changes in the countries of the European Union (liberalization requirements, crisis of the welfare State, diversification of users expectations, etc.), compelling readability needs and modernization of Public Employment Services (PES) have appeared. Meanwhile, a spectacular growth of private employment operators - market and non-market - was recognized by the International Labor Organization in all member states, in order to respond effectively to the increased requests of support and training for the beneficiaries of the PES. In this new context, PES are invited by the European Union (EU) – particularly through its multiple directives – to rethink and reposition their traditional activities of placement, training and support for jobseekers according to a "mixed" management of the labor market. Therefore, PES entrust operation and management of their activities to private providers, as part of a contractual agreement. In this way, these operators provide a "back office function for SPE via a system of delegation governed by a specific division of labor formalized in a partnership agreement between PES and the private provider". Thus, these private labor market intermediaries (LMI’s) as active members on the public orders market work both on their own behalf and on behalf of the public authority. These new collaborations, qualified public-private partnerships (PPPs), allow PES to outsource and delegate a part of their missions they could not achieve internally. So PES combine the role of "actor" and the role of "manager" / "principal" in the labor market. To facilitate the coordination of their activities with the private sector, PES made the decision to create a partnerships service. The officers of this service have the mission to oversee this new form of regulation of the labor market. While collaboration rules are initially determined by the PES, the agents are required to implement them and have the private operators following them. Our interest is to study how these actors – or stakeholder of the PPPs – implement this public action device. Despite differences in both organizational and cultural (for instance bureaucratic rigidity versus informal structure, constraint reporting, management autonomy, etc.), public and private actors work together to serve community and beneficiaries of the PES for their professional integration in the labor market. To analyze how these actors interact and live the partnership relationship, established between agreement and disagreement, we will rely on the economy of conventions and especially on the theoretical contributions of the Theory of justification. In this way, we will identify the different logics of action (present in the merchant, civic, industrial worlds, etc.) that guide the practices of stakeholders, from their discourse and in particular the underlying arguments to justify their actions. Our analysis is rooted in empirical material composed of semi-structured interviews (N=89) and various observations of interactions made within the partnership services and with providers (N=132). These observations focused on three key moments in the life of the partnership: the selection of projects, the monitoring and evaluation of projects by the agents. With this approach, our goal is twofold. On the one hand, we want to highlight the moments when the actors "interpret" the regulatory framework that structure their actions within the partnership relationship. On the other hand, we want to understand the arguments used by actors to justify and legitimize their indiscipline. [less ▲]

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See detailMalentendu visuel et folie : Test de Rorschach et hyper-conscience
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, July 02)

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See detailMaking-doing sensory perception: how to teach taste
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Conference (2015, July 02)

Imagine a course of “olfaction and tasting”, in a notorious professional school for flavourist and perfumers in France. The aim of the teacher is to instil sensory referential sources in students, by the ... [more ▼]

Imagine a course of “olfaction and tasting”, in a notorious professional school for flavourist and perfumers in France. The aim of the teacher is to instil sensory referential sources in students, by the appropriation of a rigorous vocabulary and through practical tries of molecules and preparations. To name, to compare, to memorize, to describe and to value these substances are the tasks of the group during two years. As the general topic of the research was to understand professional skills about taste, one of the issues consisted in studying the development of these specific abilities. The focus was on the techniques deployed to install a sensory common frame, alternatively through a research of a bottom- up consensus and some imposed tags. The teacher, who has to transfer a substantial amount of sensory references to the class in narrow times, and to make them able to master those notions, has to face to a double constraint. She must transmit a core-sensorium, but at the same time has to support students’ own contributions, in mode to open the reference document to necessary enrichments. More than « actors », or « informants », the teacher and the students were also masters for me, by contributing to my sensory education. But also when they have confronted me to delicates questions and issues, sometimes against my own first researches. They were what I called though co-inquirer, proposing contradictory and resistant interpretations of the world, teaching me how to realize the study of sensory. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization alignments of quasars from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 450

We test the hypothesis that the polarization vectors of flat-spectrum radio sources (FSRSs) from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys are randomly oriented in the sky. A sample with robust polarization ... [more ▼]

We test the hypothesis that the polarization vectors of flat-spectrum radio sources (FSRSs) from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys are randomly oriented in the sky. A sample with robust polarization measurements is made with 4155 objects. Redshift information is known for 1531 of them. We performed two statistical analyses: one in two dimensions and the other in three dimensions when distance is available. We find significant large-scale alignments of polarization vectors for samples containing only quasars among the varieties of FSRS. While these correlations prove difficult to explain either by a physical effect or by biases in the data set, that the quasars that have significantly aligned polarization vectors are found in regions of the sky where optical polarization alignments were previously found is striking. [less ▲]

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