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See detailHow much time does it take for "experience design" to unfold?
Elsen, Catherine ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in Benz, Peter (Ed.) Designing Experiences: Positions and Approaches. (2014)

This paper specifically focuses on one aspect of the experience design process, sometimes even stressed as one if its shortcomings: the time it takes to properly gain insights about possible real-life ... [more ▼]

This paper specifically focuses on one aspect of the experience design process, sometimes even stressed as one if its shortcomings: the time it takes to properly gain insights about possible real-life experiences of proximal or distal end-users. In the process of making sense of sometimes conflicting viewpoints found in the literature about timing and its possible impact on design processes and outcomes, this paper compares four distinct settings and addresses the following research questions: • How “time-framing” the design process possibly filters (positively or negatively) the awareness designers have about end-users; • How the experimental protocols, their inherent limitations and artificialities, do shape the designers’ involvement in the process of designing for an end-user’s experience. Results put techniques for «disciplined creativity», such as brainstorming or analogies, front-to-front with more reflective approaches that unfold over more time, and discuss respective but complementary added values of both. [less ▲]

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See detailBioaccumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Gammarus pulex: Relative importance of different exposure routes and multipathway modeling
Lebrun, Jérémie; Leroy, Delphine; Giusti, Arnaud ULg et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2014), 154

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the ... [more ▼]

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the bioaccumulation kinetics of PBDEs in freshwater biota. This study aims at investigating the potential use of a litter-degrader widely distributed in European freshwaters, Gammarus pulex, as an indicator of exposure to PBDEs. In aquatic microcosms, gammarids were exposed to a mixture of brominated congeners (BDE-28, 47, 66, 85, 99, 100, 153, 154 and 183) to assess their ability to bioconcentrate PBDEs. Results show that all tested congeners are highly internalized by G. pulex and uptake rates of PBDEs are closely related to their partition coefficients (Kow). The determination of the elimination rate of BDE-47, the congener most readily accumulated by gammarids, indicated that metabolism and excretion of this congener are low in G. pulex, which argues in favor of its use as a quantitative biomonitor. Finally, bioaccumulation experiments were performed using contaminated leaves to determine the relative importance of dietary uptake in the contamination of gammarids. Even though water is the preeminent exposure route, a significant uptake of BDE-47 through food was observed (27%). We propose a biodynamic model that takes into account both exposure routes to describe BDE-47 bioaccumulation. This study supports the use of this ubiquitous amphipod as an early warning monitor of the bioavailable contamination of freshwaters by PBDEs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Double-Sarcophagus of Hierapytna (Creta). A Reassessment
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailAutonomie de la volonté et concurrence régulatoire – le cas des relations familiales internationales
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

in Fulchiron, Hugues; Bergé, Jean-Sylvestre (Eds.) Vers un statut européen de la famille ? (2014)

L'autonomie de la volonté a connu un essor considérable dans le règlement des relations familiales internationales. Au-delà de la consécration toujours plus importante de l'autonomie de la volonté comme ... [more ▼]

L'autonomie de la volonté a connu un essor considérable dans le règlement des relations familiales internationales. Au-delà de la consécration toujours plus importante de l'autonomie de la volonté comme fondement de la règle de conflit de lois en matière familiale, la liberté des parties a reçu ces dernières années un appui important par le biais d'une jurisprudence ambitieuse tant de la Cour de justice de l'Union que de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme. Dans le même temps, force est bien de constater que le droit de la famille semble constituer un îlot de résistance tenace face au mouvement d'unification et d'harmonisation. Les ingrédients semblent dès lors réunis pour le développement d'une véritable concurrence législative qui pourrait mener au spectre de la 'race to the bottom'. A l'offre de droits aux contenus différents se conjuge en effet une certaine possibilité de choix par les parties. Cette liberté de choix constitue un avatar évident de la mobilité qui fonde le pouvoir d'arbitrage des acteurs privés. La présente contribution a pour objectif de s'interroger sur l'existence réelle d'une telle concurrence normative. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental evidence and numerical prediction of nonlinear modal interactions in a real-life aerospace structure
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the ISMA 2014 conference (2014, September)

During the last decade, the existence of nonlinear behaviour in spacecraft dynamic testing was frequently attested. However, current practice in industry is still to ignore nonlinearities, arguably ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, the existence of nonlinear behaviour in spacecraft dynamic testing was frequently attested. However, current practice in industry is still to ignore nonlinearities, arguably because their analysis is regarded as impractical. The objective of the present contribution is to show that there now exists experimental and numerical methodologies which can deal with nonlinear phenomena in real-life structures. Specifically, this study investigates nonlinear modal interactions evidenced during the qualification campaign of the SmallSat spacecraft developed by EADS-Astrium. The ability to understand and reliably predict such interactions is of utmost importance as they may involve energy transfer between modes and, in turn, jeopardise the structural integrity. The paper proceeds in two steps, leading to great-fidelity reproductions of the experimental observations. In the first step, sine-sweep data collected during the qualification campaign are exploited to build a nonlinear computational model of the SmallSat with good predictive capabilities. To this end, the complete progression through nonlinearity detection, characterisation and parameter estimation is carried out by means of several techniques, such as the wavelet transform and the restoring force surface method. In the second step, the computational model is exploited through continuation algorithms to compute the nonlinear normal modes of the spacecraft and predict potential interactions. A very good agreement between experimental and numerical results is obtained for 2:1 interactions between modes with non-commensurate linear frequencies. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions in massive binaries: spectral modelling – CoMBiSpeC – and observational analyses
Palate, Matthieu ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Massive stars are very important to the life of the galaxiesbut they are rare and many open questions on their formation, evolution and characteristics remain. One of the best ways to improve our ... [more ▼]

Massive stars are very important to the life of the galaxiesbut they are rare and many open questions on their formation, evolution and characteristics remain. One of the best ways to improve our knowledge on massive stars is to study massive binaries (that represent at least 50% of massive stars see Mahy et al. 2009, and Sana & Evans 2011) and their spectra. Spectral and atmosphere modelling of stars are very interesting tools that are now often used in spectral analyses. However, these models are designed for single spherical stars. In this context, we have developed a numerical code of spectral modelling of massive binary systems: CoMBiSpeC (code of massive binary spectral computation) that computes the spectra of massive binary systems and accounts for various effects that affect these systems. Our models, and the observational analyses of the four binary systems presented in the second part of this work, have allowed to explain several effects linked to binarity: luminosity class discrepancy, temperature distribution, Struve-Sahade effect, and some kind of line profile variations. In summary, CoMBiSpeC is a first step in the spectral modelling of massive binary systems and several improvements are still needed to be able to study all massive binaries. Nevertheless, this model can explain and reproduce various observed phenomena which was the main goal of this thesis. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreasing the efficiency of Organic Rankine Cycle Technology by means of Multivariable Predictive Control
Hernandez Naranjo, Jairo Andrés ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Ionescu, Clara et al

Conference (2014, August 25)

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology has become very popular, as it is extremely suitable for waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources. As the ORC system is a strongly coupled nonlinear ... [more ▼]

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology has become very popular, as it is extremely suitable for waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources. As the ORC system is a strongly coupled nonlinear multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) process, conventional control strategies (e.g. PID) may not achieve satisfactory results. In this contribution our focus is on the accurate regulation of the superheating, in order to increase the e fficiency of the cycle and to avoid the formation of liquid droplets that could damage the expander. To this end, a multivariable Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy is proposed, its performance is compared to the one of PI controllers for the case of variable waste-heat source profi les. [less ▲]

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See detailmodelling heat and mass transfer during convective drying of a building material
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg

Conference (2014, August 24)

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0 ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0, 5. The drying tests are realized in a convective dryer designed for the drying of small samples (0 - 8g). Experiences are realized with different conditions of drying air temperature (60, 90 and 130 °C) and velocity (2, 3 and 5 m/s) the results show the influence of temperature and velocity on drying curve. Mathematical models have been used for the description of drying curves. The exponential mathematical model seems the most adequate to describe the drying curves of cement mortars, with correlation coefficients changing with the air temperature and velocity and close to unity. The convective mass and heat transfer coefficients are determined from the experimental data. The results showed that both mass and heat transfer coefficients were affected by the air temperature and velocity. The convective mass transfer coefficient changed from 0.0232m/s at V=2m/s to 0.045m/s at V=5m/s, and from 0.055 m/s at 60°c to 0.023 at 130°c. Heat transfer coefficient changed from 14.767 w/m2°c at V=2m/s to 28.64 w/m2°c at V=5m/s and from 7.71 at 60° c to 14.77 at 130°c The temperature dependency of the two coefficients was expressed using an Arrhenius-type equation and related parameters were deduced [less ▲]

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

Conference (2014, August 22)

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 detailVirus indexing and sanitation of international banana collection: insights from a 5-year collaborative effort
De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Parmenter, Kathleen; Vandenhouwe, Ines et al

Conference (2014, August 14)

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See detailContribution à l'exploration de la structure des sols par microtomographie aux rayons X : vers une amélioration de la modélisation hydropédologique
Beckers, Eléonore ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The aim of this thesis is to tend towards a better representation of soil water horizontal fluxes in hydropedological modelling. Tillage practices result in soil structural modifications which impact soil ... [more ▼]

The aim of this thesis is to tend towards a better representation of soil water horizontal fluxes in hydropedological modelling. Tillage practices result in soil structural modifications which impact soil hydrodynamic behaviour. This study takes place in this context, aiming to understand these modifications using X-ray microtomography (µCT), which allows a more fundamental analysis of soil. Indeed, this tool becomes a key in the field of soil science, giving a direct insight of the internal structure of soil. Besides, anisotropy studies are still rare as tiresome, and this work shows that the current hydrological models are anyway unable to represent it correctly: when it is taken into account, it rests on the hypothesis of a simple ratio between vertical and horizontal conductivity functions. First, microtomography is used supplementary to usual methods for the establishment of hydrodynamic functions near saturation. We showed that the retention curve designed with µCT information is more realistic since it leads to a better estimation of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. However, these results could be doubtful depending on the different µCT acquisition or processing choices and hypothesis. Particularly, the thresholding step is crucial. Consequently, we propose a new global thresholding method based on the visible part of soil sample porosity. This method has been tested and validated in the context of the present study. This step allows us to use microtomography results to increase our knowledge of soil structure. A principal component analysis on soil pores structural parameters confirms that connectivity, specific surface, volume and radius are key factors for the differentiation of soil horizons texturally similar but structurally different. Our results show that structural parameters have to be taken into account to improve hydropedological modelling, especially if pores orientation is considered. We described thus the relevant parameters that can be obtained with µCT and which could help to better model water fluxes in soil while discussing the remaining limits and uncertainties, about upscaling issues notably. [less ▲]

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See detailExactitude du positionnement numérique des axes de ruissellement dans les bassins versants agricoles
Ouedraogo, Mohamar ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Des études récentes menées en Belgique estiment les dommages causés par les inondations et les coulées boueuses entre 12,5 et 122 millions d’euros par an pour les infrastructures publiques, et entre 1,6 ... [more ▼]

Des études récentes menées en Belgique estiment les dommages causés par les inondations et les coulées boueuses entre 12,5 et 122 millions d’euros par an pour les infrastructures publiques, et entre 1,6 et 16,5 millions d’euros par an pour les habitations. La carte des zones à risque potentiel de ruissellement concentré est l’un des outils mis en place par la Wallonie pour lutter contre ces phénomènes de plus en plus fréquents. Cependant, la résolution (10 × 10 m) du MNT utilisé pour extraire les axes de ruissellement est trop faible pour prendre en compte les détails de la microtopographie (travail du sol, résidus de cultures, cultures…) des parcelles agricoles. De plus, elle ne tient pas compte des incertitudes inévitables, présentes dans les données altimétriques utilisées. L’objectif de cette thèse est d’envisager l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies d’acquisition des données altimétriques de haute densité (plusieurs points/m²), i.e., le scanner laser terrestre (TLS) et la photogrammétrie à partir d’un véhicule non piloté (VNP) pour créer un modèle numérique de terrain (MNT) de meilleure exactitude et de haute résolution spatiale (maille de dimensions ± 1 x 1 m). Cela permet de tenir compte de la variabilité altimétrique des parcelles agricoles, et d’analyser son impact sur le positionnement numérique des axes de ruissellement. Dans un premier temps, un TLS et un VNP à voilure fixe ont été utilisés pour acquérir des données altimétriques sur un bassin versant agricole de 12 ha. Deux logiciels photogrammétriques ont permis de générer le MNTPSC (Agisoft PhotoScan) et le MNTMCM (MicMac) ; tandis que des traitements statistiques ont été nécessaires pour supprimer les erreurs systématiques présentes dans les nuages de points obtenus au TLS avant de les fusionner pour générer le MNTTLS. La comparaison des MNT avec des points de contrôle (GCP) positionnés au récepteur GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) en mode RTK (Real Time Kinematic) a montré que le MNTTLS est le plus exact avec un RMSE (Root Mean Square Error) de 4,5 cm, suivi par le MNTMCM et le MNTPSC avec des RMSE valant respectivement 9,0 et 13,9 cm. Dans un second temps, la méthode de Monte Carlo a été utilisée pour générer à partir du MNTTLS, des MNT équiprobables. L’extraction des axes de ruissellement à partir des MNT équiprobables a permis de définir pour chaque maille du MNT, la probabilité d’appartenir à l’axe de ruissellement, et de définir une zone contenant l’axe de ruissellement extrait du MNTTLS avec une probabilité définie. Une telle zone peut être utilisée pour la mise en place de solutions telles que les bandes et les chenaux enherbés. La comparaison des algorithmes de suppressions des dépressions fermées d’une part, et des algorithmes d’extraction de la direction de l’eau d’autre part, a montré peu de différence au niveau de la probabilité d’appartenance des mailles à l’axe de ruissellement lorsque le MNT est de haute résolution spatiale (± 1 m). Enfin, les analyses statistiques ont montré que les altitudes des GCP utilisés dans la méthode de Monte Carlo sont influencées par l’état d’ameublissement et par la rugosité des sols des parcelles agricoles. Les études futures, e.g., à l’échelle de la Wallonie, devront prendre en compte l’impact de ces erreurs. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardization of DiaSorin and Roche automated third generation PTH assays with an international standard: impact on clinical populations
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; LUKAS, Pierre ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014), 52(8), 1137-41

Background: Standardization of parathyroid hormone (PTH) assays is a major issue, especially in hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Two automated third generation PTH assays (Roche Elecsys and DiaSorin Liaison ... [more ▼]

Background: Standardization of parathyroid hormone (PTH) assays is a major issue, especially in hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Two automated third generation PTH assays (Roche Elecsys and DiaSorin Liaison) are now available. These assays are specific for the (1-84) PTH and do not cross-react with the (7-84) fragment, contrary to second generation (intact) assays. We aimed to calibrate the two methods against the WHO International PTH Standard (IS) 95/646 to see if the two assays could provide comparable results in a population of healthy subjects, HD patients and patients suffering from primary hyperparathyroidism (PHP). Methods: We selected 79 healthy subjects and two populations of patients presenting PTH disorders: 56 HD and 27 PHP patients. We reconstituted the IS in a pool of human serum containing undetectable levels of 1-84 PTH and prepared 13 serum standards ranging from 0 to 2000 pg/mL. The standards were run on the two instruments to calibrate the assays on the IS. The different populations were run before and after restandardization. Results: As these kits were differently calibrated, the results obtained after restandarization were significantly different. Restandardization process improved concordance between assays and, taking the analytical variability of the two kits into account, the results could be considered to be similar. Conclusions: Restandardization of automated third generation PTH assays with the WHO 1-84 PTH Standard significantly reduces inter-method variability. Reference ranges and raw values are totally transposable from one method to the other in healthy subjects, but also in diseased patients, e.g., with HD or those suffering from PHP. [less ▲]

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See detailCompeting Latin American Regionalisms in a changing world
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Telò, Mario (Ed.) European Union and New Regionalism. (2014)

Collective ambitions in Latin America (LA) go hand in hand with the processes of independence and the creation of States. Since the 19th century, the continent has experienced wave after wave of different ... [more ▼]

Collective ambitions in Latin America (LA) go hand in hand with the processes of independence and the creation of States. Since the 19th century, the continent has experienced wave after wave of different types of regionalism: the ‘Bolivarian’ joint project, ‘introverted’ regional associations and ‘open’ regionalism. LA’s ‘left-turn’ has given rise to a new wave of regional projects. Described by some as post-liberal, these projects have also seen changes. Shared ambitions have therefore continued to be at the heart of the political debate of LA decision-makers. Nonetheless, while LA regionalism is a constant over time, it is still a work-in-progress. Its nature keeps evolving, based on changes in the domestic and international political context. As a political phenomenon, regionalism covers a dynamic and shifting reality. This reality can move forward, slow down or move backwards, as this comparative analysis of LA regional organisations (ROs) shows. These changes can also be the result of competition between these projects. We will also see that, while regionalisms are the result of a political will of their own, they can also be fashioned by external actors’ strategies. The US’s penchant for bilateralism and the EU’s role as an active promoter of international regionalism all affect these collective LA projects. Thus, this paper does not just aim to study regionalism in a comparative way but also to situate it in its links with international relations (IR). The article is structured in three parts. The first aims to study the structural nature of regionalism in LA. To do so, a comparative analysis of the different regional initiatives is suggested, plus a look at the impact from outside factors and actors. This approach will also allow us to bring out the similarities and differences between the different waves of regionalism, to understand what has been achieved and the lessons learnt from old projects in order to better grasp the specificity and nature of current regional initiatives. Our last point will focus on the implications of LA and global geopolitical changes for the new regionalism in LA. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional, Interregional and Global Arrangements and Multilateral Organizations
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Telò, Mario (Ed.) European Union and New Regionalism. Regional actors and global governance in a post-hegemonic era (2014)

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