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See detailConditioning materials with biomacromolecules: composition of the adlayer and influence on cleanability
Toure, Yetioman ULg; Genet, J. Michel; Dupont-Gillain, C. Christine et al

in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (in press)

The influence of substrate hydrophobicity and biomacromolecules (dextran, bovine serum albumin - BSA) adsorption on the cleanability of surfaces soiled by spraying aqueous suspensions of quartz particles ... [more ▼]

The influence of substrate hydrophobicity and biomacromolecules (dextran, bovine serum albumin - BSA) adsorption on the cleanability of surfaces soiled by spraying aqueous suspensions of quartz particles (10 to 30 µm size), then dried, was investigated using glass and polystyrene as substrates. The cleanability was evaluated using radial flow cell (RFC). The surface composition was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The interpretation of XPS data allowed the complexity due to the ubiquitous presence of organic contaminants to be coped with, and the surface composition to be expressed in terms of both the amount of adlayer and the mass concentration of adlayer constituents. When soiled with a suspension of particles in water, glass was much less cleanable than polystyrene, which was attributed to its much lower water contact angle, in agreement with previous observations on starch soil. Dextran was easily desorbed and did not affect the cleanability. The presence of BSA at the interface strongly improved the cleanability of glass while the contact angle did not change appreciably. In contrast, soiling polystyrene with quartz particles suspended in a BSA solution instead of water did not change markedly the cleanability, while the contact angle was much lower and the aggregates of soiling particles were more flat. These observations are explained by the major role of capillary forces developed upon drying, which influence the closeness of the contact between the soiling particles and the substrate and, thereby, the adherence of particles. The capillary forces are proportional to the liquid surface tension and depend in a more complex way on contact angles of the particles and of the substrate. The dependence of cleanability on capillary forces, and in particular on the liquid surface tension, is predominant as compared with its dependence on the size and shape of the soiling aggregates, which influence the efficiency of shear forces exerted by the flowing water upon cleaning. [less ▲]

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See detailDose-dependent effect of experimental Schmallenberg virus infection in sheep
Poskin, A; Martinelle, Ludovic ULg; Mostin, L et al

in Veterinary Journal (in press)

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See detailOrganic Rankine Cycles including fluid selection
Lemort, Vincent ULg; Declaye, Sébastien ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg

in Handbook of Clean Energy Systems (in press)

An Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) is similar to a steam Rankine cycle, except that the working fluid is not water but an organic compound, such as a refrigerant or a hydrocarbon, characterized by a lower ... [more ▼]

An Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) is similar to a steam Rankine cycle, except that the working fluid is not water but an organic compound, such as a refrigerant or a hydrocarbon, characterized by a lower ebullition temperature than that of water. Hence lower temperature heat sources can be exploited such as solar energy, geothermal energy and waste heat recovery from many different processes. During the design phase of an ORC system, the selection of the working fluid must be conducted in parallel with the selection and the sizing of the components (mainly the expansion machine, the pump and the heat exchangers) and with the definition of the cycle architecture. This approach allows taking into consideration all technical constraints. Relevant properties of working fluids that should be considered during their selection are listed. Major characteristics of available displacement and turbo-expander technologies are described. The impact of the pump performance on the overall performance is discussed and strategies to increase the available NPSH are proposed. Finally, improved cycle architectures are introduced. Major applications of ORC systems are described: geothermal power plants, biomass CHP plants, waste heat recovery in industry, waste heat recovery on internal combustion engines and solar power plants. All these applications differ by the nature of the heat source and heat sink, the integration of the ORC with these sources and sinks, and the range of installed capacities. These differences yield specific designs, which are described. Performance achieved by systems in operation or prototypes are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailA note on the equivalence between observed and expected information functions with polytomous IRT models
Magis, David ULg

in Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics (in press)

The purpose of this note is to study the equivalence of observed and expected (Fisher) information functions with polytomous item response theory (IRT) models. It is established that observed and expected ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this note is to study the equivalence of observed and expected (Fisher) information functions with polytomous item response theory (IRT) models. It is established that observed and expected information functions are equivalent for the class of divide-by-total models (including partial credit, generalized partial credit, rating scale and nominal response models), but not for the class of difference models (including the graded response and modified graded response models). Yet, observed information function remains positive in both classes. Straightforward connections with dichotomous IRT models and further implications are outlined. [less ▲]

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See detailL’auteur de la Passio sanctae Salsae a-t-il aussi écrit la Passio sancti Fabii ?
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Meyers, Jean; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) La Passio sanctae Salsae. Recherches sur une passion tardive d’Afrique du Nord. Avec une nouvelle édition critique d’A. M. Piredda et une traduction annotée du G.R.A.A. (in press)

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See detailJews and Christians in Late Africa : an hagiographical perspective
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lanfranchi, Pierluigi; Verheyden, Joseph (Eds.) Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity (titre provisoire) (in press)

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See detail« Semen est sanguis christianorum » (Apol. 50, 13). Tertullien et l'hagiographie africaine
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lagouanère, Jérôme; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) Tertullianus Afer. Tertullien et la littérature chrétienne d'Afrique, IIe-VIe siècle (in press)

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See detailPET imaging analysis using a parcelation approach and multiple kernel classification
Segovia-Román, Fermín ULg; Phillips, Christophe ULg

in International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging, Tübingen 4-6 June 2014 (in press)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive medical imaging modality that provides information about physiological processes. Due to its ability to measure the brain metabolism, it is widely used ... [more ▼]

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive medical imaging modality that provides information about physiological processes. Due to its ability to measure the brain metabolism, it is widely used to assist the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) of Parkinsonism. In order to avoid the subjectivity inherent to the visual exploration of the images, several computer systems to analyze PET data were developed during the last years. However, dealing with the huge amount of information provided by PET imaging is still a challenge. In this work we present a novel methodology to analyze PET data that improves the automatic differentiation between controls and AD patients. First the images are divided into small regions or parcels, defined either anatomically, geometrically or randomly. Secondly, the accuray of each single region is estimated using a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier and a cross-validation approach. Finally, all the regions are assessed together using multiple kernel SVM with a kernel per region. The classifier is built so that the most discriminative regions have more weight in the final decision. This method was evaluated using a PET dataset that contained images from healthy controls and AD patients. The classification results obtained with the proposed approach outperformed two recently reported computer systems based on Principal Component Analysis and Independent Component Analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailSophistique et Philosophie: Platon, héritier de Protagoras
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

Book published by Vrin (in press)

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See detailGenetic parameters for mid-infrared methane indicators based on milk fatty acids in dairy cows
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Applied Animal Research (in press)

Dairy production is identified as a major source of methane (CH4) emissions. Selective breeding canbe one method used to mitigate CH4 emissions but practical and cheap measurement of this trait is not ... [more ▼]

Dairy production is identified as a major source of methane (CH4) emissions. Selective breeding canbe one method used to mitigate CH4 emissions but practical and cheap measurement of this trait is not currently available. The mid-infrared (MIR) prediction of milk fatty acids is relevant in this context. Five MIR methane indicators were derived from the literature and were calibrated from 600 samples analyzed by gas chromatography. Genetic parameters for these traits were estimated using single trait random regression test-day models from 619,265 records collected from 2007 to 2011 on 71,188 Holstein cows in their first three lactations. For the published indicator showing the highest relationship with the methane data (R2 = 0.88), the average daily heritability was 0.34±0.01, 0.37±0.01 and 0.34±0.01 for the first three lactations, respectively. The methane emission (g/day) was increased from beginning of lactation, reached at the highest in peak of lactation and decreased towards end of lactation. The largest differences between estimated breeding values (EBV) of sires having daughters in production eructing the highest and the lowest methane content was 21.80, 22.75 and 24.89 kg per lactation for the first three parities. Positive genetic correlations were estimated between indicator traits and milk fat and protein content. Low negative correlation was observed with milk yield. In conclusion, this study shows the feasibility to predict methane indicator traits by MIR. Moreover, the estimated genetic parameters suggest also a potential genetic variability of the quantity of methane eructed by dairy cows. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiquité tardive et christianisme africains dans l'Africa romana : un bilan historiographique
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Ruggeri, Paola (Ed.) L’Africa romana XX. Momenti di continuita e rottura : bilancio di 30 anni di convegni de l’Africa romana (in press)

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See detailPlaton: le Politique, introduction, traduction et commentaire
Dixsaut, Monique; El Murr, Dimitri; Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

Book published by Vrin (in press)

Nouvelle traduction commentée et annotée du Politique de Platon

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See detailLe monde du représentable: de Lotze à la phénoménologie
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

in Boccaccini, Federico (Ed.) Lotze et son héritage. Son influence et son impact sur la philosophie du XXe siècle (in press)

Dans ce chapitre, je me propose de réévaluer, au moins partiellement, le sens et la portée de la théorie de la « validité » (Gelten, Geltung) développée par Lotze dans sa grande Logique de 1874. Je ... [more ▼]

Dans ce chapitre, je me propose de réévaluer, au moins partiellement, le sens et la portée de la théorie de la « validité » (Gelten, Geltung) développée par Lotze dans sa grande Logique de 1874. Je suggérerai que le rapprochement traditionnellement invoqué entre Lotze et Bolzano est trompeur, puisqu’il a sans doute assez largement contribué à masquer la dimension eidétique et « matérielle » de la théorie lotzéenne de la validité (§1). L’une des idées centrales qui se cache derrière la notion de « validité », en effet, est que les contenus de représentation – et, exemplairement, les contenus de représentations sensorielles (les concepts de couleurs, de sons, etc.) – forment une sphère intrinsèquement structurée par des relations d’un certain genre. Contrairement aux relations logiques traditionnelles (comme la contradiction) et aux relations logico-syntaxiques, qui structurent aussi le « monde du représensable » d’un autre point de vue (§2), les relations dont il est question ici sont non formalisables, car elles sont fondées dans l’essence même des phénomènes, pris « en soi », c’est-à-dire indépendamment de leur instanciation dans un objet du monde spatio-temporel et de leur appréhension par un sujet psycho-physique (§3). [less ▲]

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See detailMediterranean agri-food processing wastes pyrolysis after pre-treatment and recovery of precursor materials: A TGA-based kinetic modeling study
Manara, Panagiota; Vamvuka, V; Sfakiotakis, S et al

in Food Research International (in press)

Valorization strategies of wastes from agri-food processes are intertwined with clean technological approaches and eco-industrial management. By-products from Mediterranean agri-food processes such as ... [more ▼]

Valorization strategies of wastes from agri-food processes are intertwined with clean technological approaches and eco-industrial management. By-products from Mediterranean agri-food processes such as olive oil, wine and fruit create a considerable disposal problem for the agro-industry. Their characteristics in combination with Mediterranean climate enhance microbial development and can be source of health and safety concerns. After pre-treatment and recovery of valuable precursor materials (lignin, pulp), pyrolysis can be used for fuels, chemicals and carbon bio-based materials production. Since thermal degradation kinetic studies are a key step for the efficient design of thermo-chemical processes, in this study pyrolysis experiments were performed, using TGA for the estimation of the process kinetic parameters. The independent parallel reaction model validat- ed against experimental results, showing a good agreement with experimental data, with deviation values rang- ing from 1.07 to 3.54%. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people.
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailOne injection of platelet-rich plasma associated to a submaximal eccentric protocol to treat chronic jumper's knee
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Jumper's knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Jumper's knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons. METHODS: Twenty patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathy were enrolled. Assessments were made before infiltration of PRP, and 6 weeks and 3 months after the infiltration, using a 10--point Visual Analogic Scale, clinical examinations with a pressure algometer, algofunctional scores (IKDC and VISA--P), functional assessments (isokinetic and optojump evaluations) and imagery (ultrasounds and MRI). The PRP was obtained with an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). Six millilitres of PRP were injected without local anaesthetic. One week after infiltration, patients started a standardised sub--maximal eccentric reeducation. RESULTS: Pain during daily activities significantly decreased with time. During functional evaluation, it decreased as well, but without significant functional improvement. No improvements in the imagery measurements were observed. Younger patients seemed to be more susceptible to have an improvement of pain by the PRP infiltration. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that a local infiltration of PRP associated with a submaximal eccentric protocol can improve symptoms of chronic jumper's knee in patients non--responsive to classical conservative treatments. [less ▲]

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