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See detailSPARC Report on the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride
Ahmadzai, H; Bock, R P; Burkholder, J B et al

in Liang, Qing; Newman, Paul A; Reimann, Stefan (Eds.) SPARC Report on the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride (2016)

The Montreal Protocol (MP) controls the production and consumption of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 or CTC) and other ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) for emissive uses. CCl4 is a major ODS, accounting for ... [more ▼]

The Montreal Protocol (MP) controls the production and consumption of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 or CTC) and other ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) for emissive uses. CCl4 is a major ODS, accounting for about 12% of the globally averaged inorganic chlorine and bromine in the stratosphere, compared to 14% for CFC-12 in 2012. In spite of the MP controls, there are large ongoing emissions of CCl4 into the atmosphere. Estimates of emissions from various techniques ought to yield similar numbers. However, the recent WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion [WMO, 2014] estimated a 2007-2012 CCl4 bottom-up emission of 1-4 Gg/year (1-4 kilotonnes/year), based on country-by-country reports to UNEP, and a global top-down emissions estimate of 57 Gg/ year, based on atmospheric measurements. This 54 Gg/year difference has not been explained. In order to assess the current knowledge on global CCl4 sources and sinks, stakeholders from industrial, governmental, and the scientific communities came together at the “Solving the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride” workshop, which was held from 4-6 October 2015 at Empa in Dübendorf, Switzerland. During this workshop, several new findings were brought forward by the participants on CCl4 emissions and related science. • Anthropogenic production and consumption for feedstock and process agent uses (e.g., as approved solvents) are reported to UNEP under the MP. Based on these numbers, global bottom-up emissions of 3 (0-8) Gg/year are estimated for 2007-2013 in this report. This number is also reasonably consistent with this report’s new industry-based bottom-up estimate for fugitive emissions of 2 Gg/year. • By-product emissions from chloromethanes and perchloroethylene plants are newly proposed in this report as significant CCl4 sources, with global emissions estimated from these plants to be 13 Gg/year in 2014. • This report updates the anthropogenic CCl4 emissions estimation as a maximum of ~25 Gg/year. This number is derived by combining the above fugitive and by-product emissions (2 Gg/year and 13 Gg/year, respectively) with 10 Gg/year from legacy emissions plus potential unreported inadvertent emissions from other sources. • Ongoing atmospheric CCl4 measurements within global networks have been exploited for assessing regional emissions. In addition to existing emissions estimates from China and Australia, the workshop prompted research on emissions in the U.S. and Europe. The sum of these four regional emissions is estimated as 21±7.5a Gg/year, but this is not a complete global accounting. These regional top-down emissions estimates also show that most of the CCl4 emissions originate from chemical industrial regions, and are not linked to major population centres. • The total CCl4 lifetime is critical for calculating top-down global emissions. CCl4 is destroyed in the stratosphere, oceans, and soils, complicating the total lifetime estimate. The atmospheric lifetime with respect to stratospheric loss was recently revised to 44 (36-58) years, and remains unchanged in this report. New findings from additional measurement campaigns and reanalysis of physical parameters lead to changes in the ocean lifetime from 94 years to 210 (157-313) years, and in the soil lifetime from 195 years to 375 (288-536) years. • These revised lifetimes lead to an increase of the total lifetime from 26 years in WMO [2014] to 33 (28-41) years. Consequently, CCl4 is lost at a slower rate from the atmosphere. With this new total lifetime, the global top-down emissions calculation decreases from 57 (40-74) Gg/year in WMO [2014] to 40 (25-55) Gg/year. This estimate is relatively consistent with the independent gradient top-down emissions of 30 (25-35) Gg/year, based upon differences between atmospheric measurements of CCl4 in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In addition, this new total lifetime implies an upper limit of 3-4 Gg/year of natural emissions, based upon newly reported observations of old air in firn snow. These new CCl4 emissions estimates from the workshop make considerable progress toward closing the emissions discrepancy. The new industrial bottom-up emissions estimate (15 Gg/year total) includes emissions from chloromethanes plants (13 Gg/year) and feedstock fugitive emissions (2 Gg/year). When combined with legacy emissions and unreported inadvertent emissions, this could be up to 25 Gg/year. Top-down emissions estimates are: global 40 (25-55) Gg/year, gradient 30 (25-35) Gg/year, and regional 21 (14-28) Gg/year. While the new bottom-up value is still less than the aggregated top-down values, these estimates reconcile the CCl4 budget discrepancy when considered at the edges of their uncertainties. [less ▲]

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See detailPhilosophie et esthétique de la modernité: Approches phénoménologiques et sociologiques
Hagelstein, Maud ULg; Zincq, Aurélien ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2016), 12 (2016)(4),

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See detailFleurs d’orange et encens pour la gloire du roi dans les fêtes françaises de 1622
De Marco, Rosa ULg

Scientific conference (2016, July)

Orange Flowers and Incense to the Glory of the King in the French Festivals of 1622 The communication explores the way in which the festival apparatus establishes a sacred dimension in the ordinary space ... [more ▼]

Orange Flowers and Incense to the Glory of the King in the French Festivals of 1622 The communication explores the way in which the festival apparatus establishes a sacred dimension in the ordinary space and time of the city. We consider the immaterial devices of the spectacular apparatus: light, sound, with special attention to the smell, its iconic power and liturgical significance. The study is conducted on the iconographic and textual descriptions of two kind of celebrations which took place during the summer and autumn of 1622 in France: Louis’s triumphal entries following his victories against the Protestant rebels, and the solemnities for canonization of Jesuits Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, miles of catholic faith between Europe and Asia. In this historical perspective where sacred/secular points converge, these festivals contribute to shape the imago gloriae on the urban space through the ephemeral language of festival and its indelible poli-sensory effect on audience’s memory. [less ▲]

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See detailPlant mitochondrial complex I composition and assembly: a review
Subrahmanian, Nitya; Remacle, Claire ULg; Hamel, Patrice

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics (2016), 1857(7), 1001-1014

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See detailDroplet manipulation on fiber networks
Weyer, Floriane ULg; Pan, Zhao; Truscott, Tadd et al

Poster (2016, July)

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See detailPassive flutter suppression using a nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Verstraelen, Edouard ULg; Gourc, Etienne ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

A recent study showed that the addition of a linear tuned vibration absorber could increase the flutter speed of a rigid wing with pitch and flap degrees of freedom by about 35%. However, the absorber was ... [more ▼]

A recent study showed that the addition of a linear tuned vibration absorber could increase the flutter speed of a rigid wing with pitch and flap degrees of freedom by about 35%. However, the absorber was turning the initial super-critical bifurcation into a sub-critical one. This work shows numerically that adding a nonlinear restoring force to the absorber can restore the su- percritical behaviour of the bifurcation and further reduce the post-instability limit cycle amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformances comparison of a laser ultrasonic system using 10.6 µm infrared or 532 nm visible generation beam for the investigation of CFRP
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Walter, Julien; Brouillette, Tomy et al

Conference (2016, July)

The investigation of complex shaped carbon fiber parts is a common need of the industry. Classical ultrasonic systems are commonly used, wide-spread and very efficient. However, these techniques are often ... [more ▼]

The investigation of complex shaped carbon fiber parts is a common need of the industry. Classical ultrasonic systems are commonly used, wide-spread and very efficient. However, these techniques are often limited to simple shape objects. Major problems arise when the shape of the element to be investigated is complex (peak, valley, small radius of curvature…). To overcome these problems laser ultrasonic systems can be used and the recent developments show promising results. Laser ultrasonic systems can use different wavelengths for ultrasound generation. Usually CO2 lasers emitting at 10.6 µm wavelength are used. When a laser ultrasonic system is mounted on a robotic arm, very complex shaped objects can be considered. However, the optical fibers for 10.6 µm wavelength are not capable to cope with laser ultrasonic system requirements. Therefore, infrared systems use jointed articulated beam delivery systems which reduce the flexibility of the robot arm and significantly limit the feasible scan paths. To circumvent this limitation, an all-fibered laser ultrasonic system can be used. In our case the ultrasound is generated with a pulsed laser operating at 532 nm. This system is placed on a robotic arm, the beam delivery is performed through an optical fiber only. Therefore, this system is capable of analyzing very complex shaped objects due to the use of optical fiber only for laser beam transport. But visible generation is known to be less efficient and produces lower quality signals. In order to balance the advantages and limitations of both of these systems a CFRP plate including artificial defects has been investigated with different ultrasonic systems. First we used classical phased-array ultrasounds as a reference to compare the performances of visible and infrared generation systems. The plate has then been investigated with a 10.6 µm laser ultrasonic system. The results are compared with an all-fibered laser ultrasonic system working at 532 mn wavelength. Data acquired by each system allow comparing the visibility of the ultrasonic echoes and the amplitude of background noise. We observe the impact of frequency filtering. We show the main differences on the A-scans and C-scan generated by each system. From these elements, we show the advantages and limitations of each system for the investigation of CFRP with a focus on complex shaped object. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l’activation à la précarité : analyse de deux dispositifs d’intervention sociale
Gérard, Julie ULg; Vrancken, Didier ULg

Conference (2016, July)

La lutte contre le chômage de longue durée et l’exclusion sociale par un retour à l’emploi représentent des enjeux essentiels des politiques actives du marché du travail. C’est pourquoi, cette ... [more ▼]

La lutte contre le chômage de longue durée et l’exclusion sociale par un retour à l’emploi représentent des enjeux essentiels des politiques actives du marché du travail. C’est pourquoi, cette communication s’intéresse aux effets de l’intervention sociale sur les demandeurs d’emploi à partir de l’analyse de deux dispositifs d’activation situés en Belgique francophone : une Entreprise de Formation par le Travail et une agence de Titres-Services. Au moyen d’une étude qualitative reposant sur une soixantaine d’observations de situations d’interactions réalisée entre bénéficiaires et « travailleurs du social » (consultant, assistant social, formateur, etc.) et, d’une quarantaine d’entretiens semi-directifs, nous rendrons compte de l’action de ces deux dispositifs dans le domaine de l’insertion-socioprofessionnelle. Nous illustrerons combien, par l’articulation de politiques d’emploi à vocation universelle et de politiques particularistes destinées aux personnes les plus fragiles, ces dispositifs génèrent de véritables trappes à précarité. À terme, nous montrerons combien le maintien de ces dernières soulève la question du développement progressif d’un nouveau régime de protections, opérant a minima, voire par défaut, auprès des publics peu qualifiés face à la menace sourde que font peser le marché noir et, plus largement, l’informalité du travail. [less ▲]

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See detailBridging the process/result gap in (EU) competition law and innovation debates
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2016, June 30)

In my conference paper, I outlined the general terms of the debates on EU competition law and innovation. Meant to introduce and frame, within the wider context of EU law, the conference theme, my ... [more ▼]

In my conference paper, I outlined the general terms of the debates on EU competition law and innovation. Meant to introduce and frame, within the wider context of EU law, the conference theme, my intervention above all sought to pave the way for a discussion on the conference theme. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced sputum expression of interferon-stimulated genes in severe COPD.
Hilzendeger, Clarissa ULg; da Silva, Jane; HENKET, Monique ULg et al

in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2016), 11

BACKGROUND: Exacerbations of COPD are frequent and commonly triggered by respiratory tract infections. The purpose of our study was to investigate innate immunity in stable COPD patients. METHODS: Induced ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Exacerbations of COPD are frequent and commonly triggered by respiratory tract infections. The purpose of our study was to investigate innate immunity in stable COPD patients. METHODS: Induced sputum was collected from 51 stable consecutive COPD patients recruited from the COPD Clinic of CHU Liege and 35 healthy subjects. Expression of interferons beta (IFN-beta) and lambda1 (IL-29), IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) MxA, OAS, and viperin were measured in total sputum cells by reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The presence of Picornaviruses was assessed by RT-PCR, while potential pathogenic microorganisms (PPM) were identified by sputum bacteriology. RESULTS: Expression of IL-29 was found in 16 of 51 COPD patients (31%) and in nine of 35 healthy subjects (26%), while IFN-beta was detected in six of 51 COPD patients (12%) and in two of 35 healthy subjects (6%). ISGs were easily detectable in both groups. In the whole group of COPD patients, OAS expression was decreased (P<0.05), while that of viperin was increased (P<0.01) compared to healthy subjects. No difference was found with respect to MxA. COPD patients from group D of Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) had reduced expression of all three ISGs (P<0.01 for MxA, P<0.05 for OAS, and P<0.01 for viperin) as compared to those of group B patients. Picornaviruses were detected in eight of 51 (16%) COPD patients vs four of 33 (12%) healthy subjects, while PPM were detected in seven of 39 (18%) COPD patients and associated with raised sputum neutrophil counts. IFN-beta expression was raised when either picornavirus or PPM were detected (P=0.06), but no difference was seen regarding IL-29 or ISGs. CONCLUSION: ISGs expression was reduced in severe COPD that may favor exacerbation and contribute to disease progress by altering response to infection. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation phénotypique, morphologique et fonctionnelle des éosinophiles résidents du poumon
Raulier, Stéfanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Eosinophils have long been considered as destructive effector cells implicated in parasitic infections and allergic reactions such as asthma. This traditional restrictive view of eosinophils has now been ... [more ▼]

Eosinophils have long been considered as destructive effector cells implicated in parasitic infections and allergic reactions such as asthma. This traditional restrictive view of eosinophils has now been considerably extended. Indeed, beside their pro-inflammatory functions, eosinophils are also able to finely shape local innate and adaptative immune responses. Moreover, recent studies indicate that steady-state resident eosinophils are now thought to contribute to immune homeostasis at mucosal sites such as the gut. In the normal lung, resident eosinophils (rEOS) have been little-studied so far. Here, we report that in mice, steady-state pulmonary rEOS are parenchymal Siglec-Fint CD125int cells characterized by a ring-shaped nucleus. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling new stellar companions from the EXOZODI survey : follow up
Marion, Lindsay ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Ertel, Steve et al

Poster (2016, June 30)

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square ... [more ▼]

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square visibilities in a combined way to search for faint companions around the whole sample. In this process, we found four new stellar companions, for which we conducted follow-up observations in 2014. This follow up allows us to confirm the four detections, and to detect another new companion. Only the case of HD202730 remains ambiguous. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart co-phasing system for segmented mirror telescopes
Simar, Juan Felipe ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

Poster (2016, June 30)

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror ... [more ▼]

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror diameters of the telescopes is the challenge solution but it is technically impossible to manufacture monolithic mirrors larger than 10m in diameter. The use of segmented mirrors thus becomes mandatory. This paper describes the results of a light co-phasing setup mounted in laboratory. This setup is able to correct a piston from 200μm to 15 nm based on coarse (200μm to 300nm) and fine (300nm to 15nm) measurement methods. Both measurements are then chained in a feedback system in order to completely co-phase and keep the segments aligned. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety of Everolimus Plus Exemestane In Patients With Hormone-Receptor-Positive, HER2-Negative Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer Progressing on Prior Non-Steroidal Aromatase Inhibitors: Primary Results of a Phase 3b, Open-Label, Single-Arm, Expanded-Access Multicenter Trial (BALLET).
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Mariani, G.; Ciruelos, E. M. et al

in Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology / ESMO (2016)

BACKGROUND: This European phase 3b, expanded-access multicenter trial evaluated the safety of EVE plus EXE in a patient population similar to BOLERO-2. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Postmenopausal women aged (3 ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This European phase 3b, expanded-access multicenter trial evaluated the safety of EVE plus EXE in a patient population similar to BOLERO-2. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Postmenopausal women aged (3)18 years with hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor-receptor-2-negative advanced breast cancer (ABC) recurring/progressing during/after prior non-steroidal aromatase inhibitors (NSAIs) were enrolled. Primary objective was safety of EVE plus EXE based on frequency of adverse events (AEs), and serious AEs (SAEs). Secondary objective was to evaluate AEs of grade 3/4 severity. RESULTS: Median treatment duration was 5.1 months (95% CI, 4.8-5.6) for EVE and 5.3 months (95% CI, 4.8-5.6) for EXE. Overall, 2131 patients were included in the analysis; 81.8% of patients experienced EVE- or EXE-related or EVE/EXE-related AEs (investigator assessed); 27.2% were of grade 3/4 severity. The most frequently reported non-hematologic AEs were (overall %, % EVE-related) stomatitis (52.8%; 50.8%) and asthenia (22.8%; 14.6%). The most frequently reported hematologic AE were (overall %, % EVE-related) anemia (14.4%; 8.1%) and thrombocytopenia (5.9%; 4.6%). AE-related treatment discontinuations were higher in elderly ((3)70 years) versus non-elderly patients (23.8% vs. 13.0%). The incidence of EVE-related AEs in both elderly and non-elderly patients appeared to be lower in first-line ABC versus later lines. The incidence of AEs (including stomatitis/pneumonitis) was independent of BMI status (post-hoc analysis). Overall, 8.5% of patients experienced at least one EVE-related SAE. Of the 121 on-treatment deaths (5.7%), 66 (3.1%) deaths were due to disease progression and 46 (2.2%) due to AEs; 4 deaths were suspected to be EVE-related. CONCLUSIONS: This is the largest ever reported safety dataset on a general patient population presenting ABC treated with EVE plus EXE and included a sizeable elderly subset. Although the patients were more heavily pretreated, the safety profile of EVE plus EXE in BALLET was consistent with BOLERO-2. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: EudraCT Number: 2012-000073-23. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring potentialities of RanbP2-type Zinc Fingers in RNA-binding proteins design
De Franco, Simona ULg; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of ... [more ▼]

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of functionalized RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) to specifically manipulate RNA function. In this context, the RanBP2-type Zinc Finger (ZF) domain emerged as a suitable scaffold for single-stranded RBPs design. The present study aimed to identify the sequence-specificity of several naturally occurring RanBP2-type ZFs by in vitro selection and use the natural variation in their substrate to create arrays of ZF domains displaying customized specificity. A parallel kinetic and thermodynamic characterization of ssRNA-ZFs interaction was performed by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) and BioLayer Interferometry (BLI), respectively. Although our data showed that only little variations in the recognized sequence could be observed for the studied ZFs, they contribute to elucidate the molecular basis for the RanBP2-type ZF-ssRNA interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailMaîtrise de la fermentation alcoolique sous stress éthanolique, thermique et osmotique de la souche Saccharomyces cerevisiae YSDN1 en vue de la préparation du vinaigre de fruits
Mounir, Majid ULg; Belgrire, Malika; Lahnaoui, Safaa et al

in Revue Marocaine des Sciences Agronomiques et Veterinaires (2016), 4(2), 86-95

La présente étude a pour but d’isoler, d’identifier et de caractériser de nouvelles souches de levures d’intérêt industriel. Un total de 54 levures ont été isolées et identifiées à partir de produits ... [more ▼]

La présente étude a pour but d’isoler, d’identifier et de caractériser de nouvelles souches de levures d’intérêt industriel. Un total de 54 levures ont été isolées et identifiées à partir de produits agricoles brutes et de sous-produits de l’industrie agro-alimentaire. Parmi ces isolats, quatre souches ont été retenues, purifiées et testées pour leur performance de fermentation sur un jus de dattes de variété Bouslikhène. D’après le séquençage du gène 18S de l’ADN ribosomal, les deux souches YS-DN1 et YS-M isolées respectivement à partir des dattes et de la mélasse ont été identifiées appartenant à l’espèce Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Par ailleurs, les deux autres souches YS-OPM et YS-G isolées des olives et des raisins appartiennent respectivement aux espèces Kluyveromyces marxianus, avec 78% d’homologie et Candida utilis à 89% d’homologie. D’autre part, la souche YS-DN1, s’est identifiée comme la plus performante dans la production d’éthanol en comparaison à deux autres souches industrielles de référence. La levure YS-DN1 était l’unique souche capable de croitre à une température entre 35 et 40°C en présence d’un taux alcoolique élevé et une pression osmotique agressive. Finalement, la production de la biomasse cellulaire de la souche YS -DN1 a été améliorée par optimisation des facteurs température, Brix et pH fixés respectivement à 29.75°C, 15.7% et 4.15. Ces valeurs ont permis d’obtenir un maximum de cellules de l’ordre de 8.4x108 UFC/ml. Il a été conclu que cette souche pourrait bien s’adapter à des usages industriels pour la production du vinaigre de fruits à grande échelle. [less ▲]

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See detailEulerian Formulation of Elastic Rods
Huynen, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (2016), 472(2190),

In numerous biological, medical and engineering applications, elastic rods are constrained to deform inside or around tube-like surfaces. To solve efficiently this class of problems, the equations ... [more ▼]

In numerous biological, medical and engineering applications, elastic rods are constrained to deform inside or around tube-like surfaces. To solve efficiently this class of problems, the equations governing the deflection of elastic rods are reformulated within the Eulerian framework of this generic tubular constraint defined as a perfectly stiff canal surface. This reformulation hinges on describing the rod deformed configuration by means of its relative position with respect to a reference curve, defined as the axis or spine curve of the constraint, and on restating the rod local equilibrium in terms of the curvilinear coordinate parameterizing this curve. Associated with a segmentation strategy, which partitions the global problem into a sequence of rod segments either in continuous contact with the constraint or free of contact (except for their extremities), this approach not only trivializes the detection of new contacts but also suppresses the isoperimetric constraints resulting from the self-feeding feature of these elementary problems and the imposition of the rod position at the extremities of each rod segments. [less ▲]

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