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See detailCalibration of Building Simulation Models: Assessment of Current Acceptance Criteria
Ruiz Flores, Roberto ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’14) (2014, September)

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining “simulated data” and to avoid carrying out a formal calibration procedure; two yearly testing profiles (hourly time scale) are created from real building electrical metered data (¼ hour profile). Both testing profiles represent two model responses that could possibly be obtained in a common calibration procedure. The objective of this work is to test the capabilities of the method to determine (1) the model adequacy to represent an existing situation; (2) the reliability of the model when predicting a future or different scenario and also (3) the ability of the method to orient the practitioner to upgrade the model when it provides a non-satisfactory response. To do this, the real accuracy of both testing profiles is verified by means of a complementary statistical bin analysis. This crosschecking analysis allows highlighting the strengths and weakness of the current criteria and determining whether they need to be revised, modified or complemented. At the end of the analysis, it is concluded that the capabilities of the current acceptance criteria are limited because don’t provide any satisfactory answer, indication or clue for none of the three points aforementioned and some other complementary tests (such as bin analysis) must be implemented and performed in order to properly declare a model as calibrated. [less ▲]

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See detailMultilocus sequence typing analysis and antibiotic resistance of Clostridium difficile strains isolated from retail meat and humans in Belgium
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Avesani, Véronique et al

in Food Microbiology (2014), 42

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that ... [more ▼]

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that animals and food are possible transmission routes of human C. difficile infection. The main objective of this study was to characterize C. difficile isolates from retail meat and to compare with human isolates recovered from hospital patients in Belgium. Raw meat (beef and pork) was obtained from the retail trade. C. difficile was recovered from 2.3% of the beef samples and from 4.7% of the pork samples. A total of 4 different PCR-ribotypes were identified with a large percentage of types 078 and 014. Resistance to moxifloxacin and erythromycin was detected. The multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) analysis showed that meat and human isolates cluster in the same lineage. This study reveals the presence of toxigenic C. difficile in retail meat in Belgium with predominance PCR-ribotypes 078 and 014, which are among the four most prevalent ribotypes of C. difficile isolated from humans in Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement uncertainty for persistent organic pollutants by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Diletti, G; Fernandes, A et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2014, September), 76

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See detailUne frontière comme lieu de mémoire : l'espace frontalier belgo-allemand
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailSelecting job candidates who have a propensity to exhibit change-oriented organizational citizenship behaviour.
Lothe, Benoit ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic ... [more ▼]

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic of assessing and selecting applicants who have a propensity to exhibit OCB (Organ & al., 2010). Some of these behaviours are truly important to enable organization to adapt and “to make constructive changes in the work and task environment” (Choi, 2007, p.468). Examples include Voice, a challenging dimension of OCB (Dominguez & al., 2013), and Sportsmanship, that facilitate the change by reducing the diversion of resources in trivial matters (Organ & al., 2006). This exploratory study provides empirical evidence about using Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for identifying applicants who have a propensity to exhibit change oriented OCB. Method Two SJTs were developed to comply with OCBs assessment. The OCBs framework includes behaviours relating to organizational adaptation (sportsmanship) and change (voice). OCBs were concurrently collected using self-reported measurement scales. Data were collected from 220 white collars and 139 university students through an online survey. Results Significant correlations were found between the SJT scores and overall OCB ratings. More specifics findings provided substantial evidence for the concurrent validity of the SJTs to measure change-oriented sub-dimensions of OCBs. Conclusions Researches on techniques to predict OCBs are scarce and this study is the first to address the development and validation of a SJT for the assessment of affiliative and challenging dimensions of OCBs. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriétés physico-chimiques et biologiques des substances humiques en relation avec le développement végétal
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Druart, Philippe et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3), 436-445

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de ... [more ▼]

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de macromolécules carbonées hétérogènes et complexes dans tous les écosystèmes au niveau des sols ainsi que des sédiments, des eaux de surface et des lixiviats de décharges. Elles sont issues de processus d’humification déférents, générant ainsi des molécules variables et complexes composées principalement de carbone, d’hydrogène, d’oxygène, d’azote, de soufre et de groupements fonctionnels (COOH, OH, C=O). Ces substances sont connues pour influencer les propriétés du sol et interagir avec la croissance et le développement des plantes ou avec l’activité des microorganismes. L’influence de la croissance des plantes s’exprime généralement de manière directe via la stimulation des processus biochimiques et métaboliques ou indirecte via l’amélioration de la nutrition minérale. Mais, l’intensité de réponse reste dépendante de différents paramètres tels que l’origine, la nature de la matière organique initiale, les processus de transformation et la concentration des SH ainsi que des conditions expérimentales et des plantes traitées. Les mécanismes par lesquels les SH exercent leurs effets favorables sur les végétaux sont imprécis et généralement pas bien compris. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multiphysics model of neotissue growth in a perfu sion bioreactor
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailAutomatization of mirror - tracing skill in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Desmottes, Lise ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 ... [more ▼]

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 and 12 years old, were administered the mirror-tracing task during two 10-trials sessions separated by one week. An auditory interference task was introduced at the end of the procedural learning phase to test skill automatization. Results: Interestingly, no between-group difference was revealed in learning and automatization measures except for a specific subgroup of DCD children (n=5) who experienced difficulties in skill automatization. Conclusion: The results of our preliminary study highlighted the heterogeneity of the deficit presented in DCD and they emphasized the importance to explore further the lack of automatization in DCD. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative evaluation of sediment and contaminant transport in the Samme river catchment (Brabant region - Belgium)
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg; Bouffioux, Anne et al

in Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (2014, September)

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in order to quantify the volume of sediment to be removed and chemical analyses of samples allow the characterization of sediment quality. Collected data only allow a short-term management of the matter generated by dredging operations. Medium- or long-term planning of dredging operations is currently not possible, due to a lack of knowledge on sediment fluxes and associated pollutant transport. In particular, issues related to the interactions and mixing of recent and older sediments, or to the input of sediment from unnavigable waterways into larger navigable waterways, are poorly understood. Operational tools allowing the assessment of the effectiveness of preventive measures to be implemented in order to improve the management of sediment in Walloon waterways also have to be developed. This research project aims at contributing to the development of such tools and focuses on the Samme river watershed (Senne catchment – loamy Brabant Region), deemed to be representative of Walloon issues. The Samme river is categorized as an unnavigable waterway. It runs along the old Charleroi-Brussels canal and flows into the new Charleroi-Brussels canal at the foot of the Ronquières inclined plane. The sediments of the bed of the Samme river are characterized by a high concentration of micropollutants (mainly PCB) and contribute to the contamination of a greater volume of sediments in the new Charleroi-Brussels canal, significantly increasing the cost of periodic dredging operations in the canal. The methodology developed is based on (I) an extended monitoring of sediment and pollutant fluxes at the outlet of the catchment and (II) an assessment of within-catchment sediment and pollutant transport. The origin of the Samme riverbed sediments contamination by PCB is poorly understood. Chemical analyses of the sediments of the bed were carried out along the linear course of the Samme river and its main tributary in order to identify the source of pollution. However, numerous connections between the old canal and the Samme river contribute to the transfer of stream sediments and pollutants between both systems and complicate the identification of the source of PCB. At the outlet of the catchment, different methods of river sediment sampling (automatic samplers, turbidity sensors, Time Integrated Samplers) are currently being implemented in order to (I) monitor the amount of suspended matter carried by the Samme river into the Charleroi-Brussels canal, (II) evaluate the associated fluxes of pollutants and (III) evaluate the possibility of setting up a system of retention of the sediments in the Samme catchment. [less ▲]

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See detailEmbargo russe sur les aliments européens : l'Europe doit montrer l'exemple
Habran, Maxime ULg

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Cette note a pour but d’apporter des éclaircissements sur les mesures en matière de politique agricole commune prises par l’Union européenne

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See detailReflexive Introduction to the Categorisation of the European Countryside
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Siljkovic, Zeljka; Cuka, Anita; Pejdo, Ana (Eds.) Contempory development of European rural areas, Book of Abstracts (2014, September)

At the end of the 20th century, French rural geographers used a simple typology that encapsulates three categories of the countryside: Thirty years later, we should probably add new categories ... [more ▼]

At the end of the 20th century, French rural geographers used a simple typology that encapsulates three categories of the countryside: Thirty years later, we should probably add new categories: “agricultural countryside”, “recreational countryside”, “residential countryside”, “greying countryside”, “countryside supplying energy”, “new peasantry countryside”, “Biosphere reserves” and pay attention to other perspectives such as natural and cultural heritage, water resources protection and ecological transition. The paper discusses these old and new types of countryside and underlines main challenges that countryside faces; it shows how sensitive the categorisation could be according to the level of analysis, the period of observation and the perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailA rigorous phase separation method for testing nonlinear structures
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of ISMA 2014 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (2014, September)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements collected under broadband forcing. The use of such a type of forcing signal allows to excite multiple NNMs simultaneously and, in turn, to save testing time. A two-step methodology integrating nonlinear system identification and numerical continuation of periodic solutions is proposed for the extraction of the individual NNMs from broadband input and output data. It is demonstrated using a numerical cantilever beam possessing a cubic nonlinearity at its free end. The proposed methodology can be viewed as a nonlinear generalization of the phase separation techniques routinely utilized for experimental modal analysis of linear structures. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray mictrotomography
Evrard, Maxime ULg; Contreras, Rafael; Pirard, Eric ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Imaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray microtomography. Evrard M., Contreras R., Pirard E. Most iron ores cannot be directly fed into blast furnaces because their particle size ... [more ▼]

Imaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray microtomography. Evrard M., Contreras R., Pirard E. Most iron ores cannot be directly fed into blast furnaces because their particle size distribution will negatively impact the blast furnace permeability and hence the overall efficiency of the ore reduction process. The finest fraction (typ. < 6.3 mm) has to undergo a sintering process, wherein a mixture of iron ore, coke and flux (limestone, olivine,…) is heated, partially molten and transformed into pieces of sintered material with adequate size, porosity and strength characteristics to be fed into the blast furnace. The preparation of an adequate mixture involves a granulation process which is the subject of this study. Sintering and hence granulation of iron ores, is particularly important in Europe where iron ores show a downward trend in quality (finer particles, broader size range, lower grades with higher variability). In addition an increasing fraction of non-sintered material (return fines) is being added to the mix to optimize the resource efficiency while maintaining sinter quality. For most practitioners, microgranules (or micropellets) are considered as being composed of a nucleus (a particle in the range of 1 to 2 mm) surrounded by layers of the finest ore particles (typically the < 250 µm fraction). A series of experiments and 3D imaging tests have been performed in this study to better understand the granulation mechanisms. Microgranules are formed by mixing iron ore with water in a small rotating drum. Several parameters can be tuned during the granulation process: size and proportion of nucleating particles, size and proportion of fines, water addition, rotating speed, total duration,… Simple experiments using a single ore type (dominantly goethitic or hematitic) and water additions have been carried out systematically to better understand the kinetics of granulation. X-ray microtomography and subsequent 3D image analysis is used to identify and quantify the number of nuclei (when present), to measure the porosity and identify layering or cracks in the microgranule. Compared to previous studies on iron ore pellets (Farber et al. 2002; Shatokha et al. 2009; Shatokha et al. 2010), this work focuses on imaging prior to sintering. It also uses higher resolution micro-CT and definitely brings a better insight into granulation as compared to data from 2D imaging of polished blocks: less artefacts in apparent porosity due to sample preparation; good discrimination among components of the granule; clear identification of the nuclei; etc. This work is part of a larger European project (IMSIMI - Improved Sintering Mix) aiming at an optimal use of challenging input materials through carefully monitored preparation phases (mixing, granulation, etc.) and better understanding of their impact on the sintering process. Farber L., Tardos G., Michaels JN.,2002. Use of X-ray tomograzphy to study the porosity and morphology of granules. Powder Technology vol. 132, p 57-63. Shatokha V., Korobeynikov I., Maire E., Adrien J., 2009. Application of 3D X-ray tomography to investigation of structure of sinter mixture granules. Ironmaking and Steelmaking, vol. 36 (6), p 416-420. Shatokha V., Korobeynikov I., Maire E., Gremillard L., Adrien J.,2010. Iron ore sinter porosity characterisation with application of 3D X-ray tomography. Ironmaking and Steelmaking, vol. 37(5), p313-319. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt d’une seconde infiltration de plasma riche en plaquettes dans le traitement des tendinopathies patellaires ?
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Buhler, Frédéric et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction : Des études cliniques ont évalué l’effet du plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de la tendinopathie patellaire. Même si une seule infiltration peut améliorer les symptômes du ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Des études cliniques ont évalué l’effet du plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de la tendinopathie patellaire. Même si une seule infiltration peut améliorer les symptômes du sportif dans cette indication, la majorité des études évaluent les effets de 3 infiltrations successives. Le but de notre étude était donc de comparer l’efficacité d’une et de 2 infiltrations (rapprochées) de PRP dans le cade de tendinopathies patellaires chroniques, rebelles aux traitements conservateurs. Matériel et méthode : Vingt sportifs souffrant de tendinopathie patellaire depuis plus de 3 mois ont été inclus et randomisés en 2 groupes, respectivement 1 ou 2 infiltrations de PRP (15 jours d’intervalle). Le PRP a été obtenu à l’aide d’une machine d’aphérèse permettant d’obtenir une concentration plaquettaire identique pour tous les sujets. Ils ont bénéficié ensuite d’une rééducation excentrique sous-maximale standardisée. Le suivi a été réalisé à l’aide d’une échelle visuelle analogique de la douleur, de scores algo-fonctionnels (IKDC et VISA-P), ainsi qu’un questionnaire « mode de vie » avant l’infiltration, 3 et 12 mois post-infiltration. Résultats: La concentration de PRP employée était la même au sein des 2 groupes (9x106/µL), et ne contenait pas d’érythrocyte ni de leucocyte. Au terme du suivi (1 an), les résultats montrent une amélioration des scores EVA dans les deux groupes et significative pour le groupe 1 (p=0,005). Les scores VISA-P et IKDC ont tous deux augmentés, significativement dans les deux groupes. Un sujet par groupe n’a pas repris d’activité physique tandis 67% ont repris le sport au niveau antérieur dans le groupe 1 et 78% dans le groupe 2. Conclusion: La comparaison entre 1 et 2 infiltrations rapprochées de PRP n’a pas permis de mettre en évidence de différence entre les 2 groupes sur un suivi d’un an. Une seconde infiltration rapprochée ne semble donc pas indiquée pour améliorer l’efficacité de ce traitement. Cependant, un suivi à plus long terme serait nécessaire. De même l’évaluation d’une seconde infiltration plus à distance (3 mois) de la première mériterait d’être explorée. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison du VeinoPlus Sport et du TENS sur la récupération de jeunes footballeurs
God, Maxime; LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Evrard, Frédéric et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de manière efficace au plus vite. En effet, une mauvaise récupération porte préjudice à la performance et à l’état physique du sportif. Aux côtés de la récupération active et de la balnéothérapie de nouvelles techniques comme de la cryothérapie et électrostimulation ont fait leur apparition pour une meilleure récupération. Le but de cette étude était de comparer l’impact de 2 types de stimulateurs : « VeinoPlus Sport » (VPS) et « TENS » sur la récupération des footballeurs amateurs après un effort de type Yo-Yo. Matériel et méthode : Dans un contexte identique, chaque sportif (20 footballeurs; âge moyen = 17,1 ans ± 0,79) a bénéficié du VPS ou du TENS lors de 2 séances différentes après 2 efforts de type Yo-Yo, séparés d’une période de récupération. Quatre prélèvements sanguins (lactate, gaz sanguins, ions, marqueurs cardiaques…) ainsi qu’un évaluation de l’explosivité par Myotest ont été réalisés respectivement avant l’épreuve, juste après, après la récupération et après la seconde épreuve. Un questionnaire relatif à l’état de fatigue a également été rempli par les sujets. Pour l’analyse statistique, nous avons utilisé le logiciel « StatPlus » et réalisé une Anova à mesures répétées ainsi qu’un test de Scheffé. Résultats : Les sportifs ont tous parcouru une plus grande distance lors des 2èmes efforts, surtout au sein du groupe VPS, mais sans différence significative. L’épreuve a déclenché une variation significative de lactatémie, du HCO3- ainsi que de la myoglobine. L’étude des autres paramètres sanguins ainsi que des paramètres de l’explosivité n’a révélé aucune évolution significative tout au long de l’étude. Par contre en ce qui concerne les critères subjectifs (« ressenti »), les footballeurs du groupe VPS ont noté, à 12h et 24h, une moindre douleur aux jambes, une moindre sensation de fatigue, une moindre diminution de la force, une plus grande légèreté ainsi qu’un meilleur état de forme par rapport au groupe TENS. Enfin, en général, et sans noter de préférence particulière pour l’un ou l’autre des appareils, les athlètes ont préféré l’utilisation de l’électrostimulation à leur récupération habituelle. Conclusion : Cette étude ne montre que des différences mineures, non significatives, entre les deux appareils. Les 2 groupes ont parcouru une distance plus grande lors du 2ème effort. Ceci suggère que le test n’était pas épuisant, malgré les signes biologiques de « fatigue ». Cependant, sur des critères subjectifs de récupération et de bien–être, une tendance était en faveur du VPS. Ces résultats seront à prendre en compte pour de nouvelles études avec cette fois des tests plus fatigants. [less ▲]

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See detailComentário sobre o artigo de Pizzanelli
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Revista Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade (2014), 9(31),

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