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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 detailBatch enzymatic interesterification of fat blends using microwave
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Simon, C.; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailEffect of AMF enrichment with 13C-­‐triacylglycerol tracers on its thermal and structural behavior
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Vors, C.; Michalski, M-C

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailEvaluation of Temocillin for treatment of nosocomial infections
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULg; CIUTEA, Mirela ULg; LONGUEVILLE, Manon et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailThe puzzling new class of variable stars in NGC 3766 : old friend pulsators?
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Reese, Daniel et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 569

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the ... [more ▼]

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the instability strips of the delta Scuti and SPB stars. Moreover the periods of the new phenomenon, P~0.1-0.7 d, do not allow to associate it a priori to either of these two types of pulsations. Stars in the NGC 3766 cluster are known as fast rotators with rotational velocities typically larger than half of their critical velocity. Rotation can affect both the geometrical properties and period domain of pulsations. It also alters the apparent stellar luminosity through gravity darkening, effect seldom taken considered in theoretical studies of the rotation-pulsation interaction. We explore if both of these effects are able to deliver a consistent interpretation for the observed properties of the "new variables" in NGC 3766: explaining their presence outside the known instability strips and their variability periods. We carry out an instability analysis of SPB models within the framework of the Traditional Approximation of Rotation and study the visibility of modes according to the angle of view and rotation. We also check how gravity darkening affects the effective temperature and luminosity of stellar models for different angles of view and rotation velocities. At the red (cold) border of the instability strip, prograde sectoral modes are preferentially excited and their visibilities are maximum when seen equator-on. Furthermore low-mass SPB models seen equator-on can appear in the gap between non-rotating SPB and delta Scuti stars due to gravity darkening. In that case, periods of these most visible modes are shifted to the 0.2-0.5 d range due to the effects of the Coriolis force. We hence suggest that the new variable stars observed in NGC 3766 are actually fast rotating SPB pulsators. [less ▲]

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See detailElicitor screening to protect winter wheat against Septoria tritici Blotch: preliminary results
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2014, September)

Elicitors are plant immunity-triggering compounds which are currently considered as one of the most promising tools in agriculture for the induction of plant resistance to various diseases (Mejía-Teniente ... [more ▼]

Elicitors are plant immunity-triggering compounds which are currently considered as one of the most promising tools in agriculture for the induction of plant resistance to various diseases (Mejía-Teniente et al., 2010). By contributing to both economic and environmental performances of agroecosystems, they can help reducing the use of chemical inputs. Although some elicitor products are already available on the market, it appears that a variable efficiency in the field, along with an uneasy integration in the current legislation and agricultural strategies, make these tools difficult to use (Walters, Ratsep, & Havis, 2013). Besides these limitations, few elicitor treatments have yet been efficiently and specifically designed to protect crop plants such as wheat, which is grown and consumed worldwide, against major diseases threatening both their yield and quality. There is a strong need to better understand the mechanisms of induced resistance in plants and develop elicitor use in agriculture. A phD research is currently led in Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech to develop a method based on eliciting agents, tested in greenhouse and field conditions, to protect winter wheat against major diseases, namely Septoria tritici, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium culmorum. This project focuses on the screening of a large number of elicitors from different origins and structures. In 2014, we focused the first screening experiments on the protection of wheat against Septoria tritici Blotch (STB). Two winter wheat genotypes were tested: susceptible ‘Avatar’ and semi-resistant ‘Sy Epson’. Plants at 3-leaf stage were first sprayed till runoff with different concentrations of elicitors, and then inoculated 5 days later with a Septoria tritici spore suspension (106 spores mL-1) using a hand sprayer. Control plants were treated, prior to disease inoculation, with sterile water (negative control) or with BION® (ASM, Syngenta Europe; positive control). The disease severity and incidence were scored every 2 days for 28 days post-inoculation (d.p.i) by measuring the percentage of area covered with lesions and bearing pycnidia on the third leaf. The first results of these tests should enable a first discrimination of elicitors considering their dose-efficiency to reduce disease severity. After further screening of all the elicitors in hand, a determination of the elicitation pathways of the most efficient molecules tested will be undertaken. We intend to study the influence of various factors (i.e Temperature, relative humidity, plant development stage) on the elicitation potential and develop a formulation to be finally tested under field conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailTransfusion in aortic surgery
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailRetrospective study of ventilation after major aortic surgery
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailβ 5 tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules appeared in supporting cells of the Corti’s organ during development in rodents
Renauld, Justine ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Johnen, Nicolas et al

Conference (2014, August 31)

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor ... [more ▼]

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor mammalian tubulin, the β5-tubulin [1], recently related as a biomarker for cancer outcome [2] and cell proliferation [3]. It was shown that a β-tubulin isoform can specified the microtubule architecture, such as the expression of the Moth β2 in the Drosophila testes imposed the 16 protofilaments (16pf) structure on the corresponding subset of Drosophila microtubules, which normally contain 13pf [4]. Moreover, supporting cell microtubules are formed by 15pf instead of the canonical 13, a unique fact among vertebrates [5]. Such a protofilament configuration has been observed in C. elegans’ neurons which are responsible for the mechanosensory sense of touch [6]. It was also shown that these 15pf microtubules were essential to the proper functioning of these mechanosensory neurons [6]. To determine the role of this particular tubulin in the auditory organ and its possible involvement in the formation of the unusual 15pf microtubules of supporting cells, we studied the spatiotemporal localization of β5-tubulin during development in rats from embryonic day 18 until P25 (25th postnatal day). We also analyzed the localization of β5-tubulin mRNA expression in the Corti’s organ. Then we examined the fine structure of microtubules at the electron microscope level. For these experiments, we used an early postnatal stage and a late postnatal stage. Our results showed that β5-tubulin, contrary to other β-tubulins, had a unique distribution in the cochlea. This β-tubulin appeared at a postnatal stage, before the opening of the Corti’s tunnel and being restricted to supporting cells, especially in pillar and Deiters cells,. The same localization of β5-tubulin mRNA was observed by in Situ Hybridization. Electron microscopy indicated further that Pillar and Deiters cells were composed by 15-protofilament microtubules at the late postnatal stage (P25). In conclusion, all these data strongly suggest that there is a relationship between the presence of β5-tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules in the supporting cells of the auditory organ. Further studies are now needed to elucidate their role. [less ▲]

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See detailAmélioration des moyens d'existence durables. Une voie pour la durabilité des exploitations agricoles familiales de coton au Bénin
Assogba, Claude Gervais; Tossou, C. R.; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailThe effects of a Global Agricultural Policy on the smallholder farmers in ending hunger
Paveliuc-Olariu, Codrin; Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailL'agriculture de subsistance et de semi-subsistance en Roumanie
Dona, Ion; Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailAspects économiques de la filière du vermicelle de tolomane au Vietnam
Le Thi Long, Vy; Vu Dinh, Ton; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailProblématique foncière chez les exploitants agricoles de la Province de Kirundo au nord du Burundi
Minani, Bonaventure; Rurema, Déo-Guide; Burny, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailAccelerating Random Forests in Scikit-Learn
Louppe, Gilles ULg

Conference (2014, August 29)

Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a ... [more ▼]

Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a challenging task involving issues that are easily overlooked if not considered with care. In this talk, we present the Random Forests implementation developed within the Scikit-Learn machine learning library. In particular, we describe the iterative team efforts that led us to gradually improve our codebase and eventually make Scikit-Learn's Random Forests one of the most efficient implementations in the scientific ecosystem, across all libraries and programming languages. Algorithmic and technical optimizations that have made this possible include: - An efficient formulation of the decision tree algorithm, tailored for Random Forests; - Cythonization of the tree induction algorithm; - CPU cache optimizations, through low-level organization of data into contiguous memory blocks; - Efficient multi-threading through GIL-free routines; - A dedicated sorting procedure, taking into account the properties of data; - Shared pre-computations whenever critical. Overall, we believe that lessons learned from this case study extend to a broad range of scientific applications and may be of interest to anybody doing data analysis in Python. [less ▲]

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See detailComputational homogenization of cellular materials with propagation of instabilities through the scales
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

Conference (2014, August 29)

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization scheme looses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localizations resulting from the micro–buckling, the second–order multi–scale computational homogenization scheme1 is considered. This second–order computational framework is herein enhanced with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. First, at the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation2 without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second–order scheme by the displacement–based finite element framework, the treatment of high order terms is based on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose the C1-continuity3. Finally, as the instability phenomena are considered at both scales of the cellular materials, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems4. The micro–buckling leading to the macroscopic localization and the size effect phenomena can be captured within the proposed framework. In particular it is shown that results are not dependent on the mesh size at the macroscopic scale during the softening response, and that they agree well with the direct numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailLower critical field and SNS-Andreev spectroscopy of 122-arsenides: Evidence of nodeless superconducting gap
Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Pereira, P.J.; Kuzmichev, S.A. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2014), 90

Using two experimental techniques, we studied single crystals of the 122-FeAs family with almost the same critical temperature, Tc. We investigated the temperature dependence of the lower critical field ... [more ▼]

Using two experimental techniques, we studied single crystals of the 122-FeAs family with almost the same critical temperature, Tc. We investigated the temperature dependence of the lower critical field Hc1(T) of a Ca0.32Na0.68Fe2As2 (Tc ≈ 34 K) single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the London penetration depth can be described equally well either by a single anisotropic s-wave-like gap or by a two-gap model, while a d-wave approach cannot be used to fit the London penetration depth data. Intrinsic multiple Andreev reflection effect spectroscopy was used to detect bulk gap values in single crystals of the intimate compound Ba0.65K0.35Fe2As2, with the same Tc. We estimated the range of the large gap value L = 6–8 meV (depending on small variation of Tc) and its a k space anisotropy of about 30%, and the small gap Delta ≈ 1.7 ± 0.3 meV. This clearly indicates that the gap structure of our investigated systems more likely corresponds to a nodeless s-wave two gaps. [less ▲]

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See detailResponsabilité sociale et entreprises à risque
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Frau, Maité; al

Conference (2014, August 29)

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