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See detailChromatographic analysis of alkaloids in Aconitum pollen : towards new insights in plant protection mechanisms
Vanderplanck, Maryse ULg; Glauser, Gaëtan; Tyteca, Eva ULg et al

Conference (2017, June 19)

Alkaloids are a class of naturally occurring organic nitrogen-containing bases that are found primarily in plants. They display a huge diversity with more than 3,000 different types already identified ... [more ▼]

Alkaloids are a class of naturally occurring organic nitrogen-containing bases that are found primarily in plants. They display a huge diversity with more than 3,000 different types already identified. Next to their different pharmacological and therapeutic effects, alkaloids can have a deleterious impact on organisms as they are known to be neurotoxic and cardiotoxic for mammals and insects. In the current context of worldwide bee decline, occurrence of such compounds in floral production, i.e. nectar and pollen, raises major concerns. They could be beneficial to bees by protecting them against disease and pathogens but they could also cause toxicity. Until now alkaloids, and their effect on human health, are mainly studied in vegetative parts of plants. More recently the natural occurrence of alkaloids in nectar was also studied to investigate their effect on bee health. Whereas nectar chemicals can relatively easily and quickly be analyzed by chromatography, extracting chemicals from low pollen amount remains a challenge because of pollen structure and complexity. However, characterization of pollen chemicals can lead to valuable insight in their impact on pollinators allowing the development of mitigation strategies. In this study, we used a UHPLC-(ESI)-Q-ToF/MS method allowing the identification and quantification of alkaloids in pollen matrices from four Aconitum species; A. lycoctonum, A. napellus compactum, A. napellus neomontanum and A. variegatum. Alkaloid extraction was performed using bead-beating disruption of the pollen sample and chromatographic analysis was carried out on an Acquity UPLC system interfaced with a Synapt G2 QTOF. The separation was achieved in gradient mode on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column and detection was performed in electrospray positive ionization mode (ES+). Alkaloid concentrations were measured as aconitine equivalents by using a pure aconitine standard as reference compound. The total amount of alkaloids in Aconitum pollen ranged from 0.75 to 1.20 mg/g with 859 different compounds detected, some of them being pollen-specific. Statistical analyses were conducted on the global dataset to assess both quantitative and qualitative interspecific differences. One-way analysis of variance was performed on the total alkaloid content while a permutational test of multivatiate analysis of variance was used to compare the alkaloid profiles among the four Aconitum species. Results are briefly discussed in an ecological context. [less ▲]

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See detailNCA independence in the context of EU Regulation 1/2003: time to take incongruent accountability realities (more) seriously?
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 16)

This paper argues that the Commission’s reform suggestions aimed at streamlining NCAs into independent administrative agencies appear to neglect this variety of accountability mechanisms underlying ... [more ▼]

This paper argues that the Commission’s reform suggestions aimed at streamlining NCAs into independent administrative agencies appear to neglect this variety of accountability mechanisms underlying current NCA institutional organisation and functioning. Given that those mechanisms each harbour incongruent expectations regarding the organisation and functioning of independent NCAs, failure to acknowledge such incongruence may in practice lead to less effective competition law enforcement. The purpose of this paper is therefore to uncover the different NCA independence perspectives underlying those accountability mechanisms and to look for legally sound ways to make them converge when designing or upgrading NCA independence in the context of the Regulation 1/2003 reform. [less ▲]

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See detailLegal presumptions of fault in the wake of the transposition of Directive 2014/104/EU
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 14)

This paper looks at the role played by legal presumptions in the transposition of the directive on damages and whether this differs from the use of legal presumptions in other contexts of EU competition ... [more ▼]

This paper looks at the role played by legal presumptions in the transposition of the directive on damages and whether this differs from the use of legal presumptions in other contexts of EU competition law enforcement. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse qualitative et méthodes (a)preceptives
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 13)

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See detailTowards Mixed-Type Modelling of Structures with Slender and Deep Beam Elements
Liu, Jian ULg; Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

Conference (2017, June 12)

Concrete frame structures often include both slender and deep beams. Deep beams possess a large shear capacity, and thus are typically used as transfer girders to carry heavy loads over large spans. The ... [more ▼]

Concrete frame structures often include both slender and deep beams. Deep beams possess a large shear capacity, and thus are typically used as transfer girders to carry heavy loads over large spans. The overloading of such members due to extreme events such as earthquakes may result in the collapse of the entire structure. To evaluate the resilience of large frame structures under extreme loading, it is necessary to model the interaction between the deep girders and the rest of the structure in an accurate and computationally effective manner. To address this issue, this paper proposes a mixed-type modelling framework by formulating an innovative 1D macro deep-beam element and coupling it with 1D slender elements. The new macro element aims to combine the accuracy of 2D micro finite elements with the simplicity of 1D macro elements. The paper summarizes the formulations of this element, based on the three-parameter kinematic theory, and integrates it into an existing global nonlinear analysis procedure to create a mixed-type modeling framework. The verification study, including a frame structure with a deep transfer girder, has shown that this approach captures the response of the frame with an accuracy similar to that of 2D micro finite elements, while requiring approx. 20% of the analysis time. [less ▲]

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See detailThe roles of competition law in a regulated digital market environment: lessons (not) to learn from related fields of EU regulation
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 09)

Within the framework of its Digital Single Market (DSM) agenda, the European Union proposes the adoption of new legislative proposals aimed at removing remaining obstacles to digital transactions ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of its Digital Single Market (DSM) agenda, the European Union proposes the adoption of new legislative proposals aimed at removing remaining obstacles to digital transactions. Proposals relate to the abolition of geo-blocking as well as data and copyright portability. Complementing competition law provisions, those initiatives would seek to create the conditions for a competitive e-commerce environment within the EU internal market. In doing so, the Commission implicitly but clearly seeks to replicate a regulatory and policy approach it had taken already from the 1990s onwards when liberalising the energy and electronic communication sectors. It can be submitted that the European Commission, in proposing its DSM regulation strategy and in setting the terms of its e-commerce sector inquiry, has paid insufficient attention so far to the various and complementary roles competition law can play in a more strictly regulated market environment. In an attempt to clarify the scope and role of EU competition law and its enforcement in a digital single market environment and to guarantee its coherent application with the proposed DSM regulations, this paper will reflect on the roles competition law can our should still play in this context. Proceeding in three parts, the first part of the paper will chart the interaction between competition law and market regulation proposals in the EU’s DSM context. Using examples from the geo-blocking, data portability and copyright proposals made, this part highlights how the EU institutions perceive the interaction between competition law provisions and market regulation in this context. On the basis of that analysis, the second part will frame the interaction between competition law and market regulation as perceived in the DSM strategy, by comparing it with earlier examples in the realm of energy and electronic communications. In doing so, this part will identify two important similarities (breaking up barriers to trade and facilitating cross-border competition) as well as two fundamental differences (absence of natural monopolies and of intensely state regulated sectors). Acknowledging those similarities and differences, it will be submitted, allows better to conceptualise the role of competition law in the particular DSM context. To that extent, the third part will present and analyse the tenability of three possible roles competition law can still play against this background. Assessing the advantages and limits of each approach, that part will invite the Commission to take a clearer stance regarding the choice of one of them. [less ▲]

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See detailFire risk assessment of multi-story buildings based on fragility analysis
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

in Proceedings of the 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium - IFireSS 2017 (2017, June 08)

Recent efforts aim at assessing the fire performance of structures in a probabilistic framework. But there is still no well-established method to quantify the reliability of entire buildings. Previous ... [more ▼]

Recent efforts aim at assessing the fire performance of structures in a probabilistic framework. But there is still no well-established method to quantify the reliability of entire buildings. Previous works focused on isolated structural members, therefore not allowing for a determination of the global safety level of buildings. Here, a new methodology is developed to quantify the reliability of buildings in fire. The methodology uses Monte Carlo simulations for constructing fragility functions associated with different fire breakout locations in a building, then combines the functions to characterize the overall building conditional probability of failure, and finally incorporates the probabilistic models for intensity measure and fire occurrence likelihood. The methodology is applied to multi-story steel buildings. This work addresses fire reliability at the building scale, and therefore is useful for standardizing safety level as well as for evaluating community resilience. [less ▲]

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See detailLa reconnaissance de la maladie mentale en psychopathologie légale
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2017, June 01)

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale ... [more ▼]

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale (particulièrement avec des patients présentant un diagnostic de schizophrénie et ayant commis des faits de délinquance sexuelle). Avoir pour objectif de réduire l’anosognosie pose la question des représentations du trouble et de la connaissance de ces phénomènes complexes. La distinction des perspectives en première et troisième personnes est un apport récent et décisif de la phénoménologie à la psychologie clinique et à la psychopathologie (Parnas, Sass & Zahavi, 2012). La perspective en troisième personne consiste en l’attribution, depuis une position externe, de signes cliniques repérés indépendamment du ressenti exprimé par le patient. L’exemple typique de ces signes est le délire et l’hallucination du schizophrène. Ces symptômes cristallisent précisément les difficultés qu’éprouve le sujet à se reconnaitre affecté du trouble. La perspective en première personne concentre, quant à elle, son attention sur l’expérience subjective exprimée par le patient. Si l’on reprend le cas de la schizophrénie, ce sont la « perte de l’évidence naturelle » des choses ou un « sentiment de diminution du soi » qui sont verbalisés. Ce pas de côté de la vision omnisciente du médical, assumant une remise en cause du pouvoir de domination qu’entraine la perspective en troisième personne, se révèle être un outil psychothérapeutique pertinent. Il désacralise le problème de l’anosognosie et ouvre la voie à une perspective intersubjective, à une « co-reconnaissance ». [less ▲]

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See detailDroit matériel de l'Union européenne - libertés de circulation et marché intérieur
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Book published by Larcier (2017)

L'ouvrage introduit étudiants et praticiens aux fondements du droit du marché intérieur européen. L’analyse juridique se structure pédagogiquement autour des schémas de raisonnement simples et des ... [more ▼]

L'ouvrage introduit étudiants et praticiens aux fondements du droit du marché intérieur européen. L’analyse juridique se structure pédagogiquement autour des schémas de raisonnement simples et des tableaux récapitulatifs clairs. [less ▲]

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See detailElectro dynamic fragmentation of printed wiring boards as a preparation tool for their recycling
Martino, Rémi; Iseli, Cedric; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg et al

in Minerals Engineering (2017), 107

The use of Electro Dynamic Fragmentation (EDF) enables selective fragmentation of materials through generating electrical discharges as a means of fracturing. Liberated materials can be thus processed ... [more ▼]

The use of Electro Dynamic Fragmentation (EDF) enables selective fragmentation of materials through generating electrical discharges as a means of fracturing. Liberated materials can be thus processed downstream in a more efficient way especially when value-added End-of-Life (EoL) electronic equipment is recycled. The aim of this study was to assess the benefits of the EDF technology towards processing of EoL printed wiring boards (PWBs) in view their recyclability. Printed wiring boards were comminuted using EDF at three different settings and with a hammer mill for comparative experiment. The products coming out were characterized by optical microscopy, SEM and liberation oriented leaching. Subsamples from the various EDF stages were inspected to investigate the progress of cracks and degree of copper layers exposure. The different energy levels used during the EDF processing have resulted in different degrees of PWBs damages, starting from components removal to entire structure perturbation and size reduction. EDF has resulted in generation of a lesser amount of fines, however the optimal approach in view energy efficient post-processing of the studied PWBs was the combination between single-stage EDF for components removal only with subsequent shredding of the depopulated boards. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Delivery of Bad News to Customers in Service Encounters: An Employee Perspective
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne; Greer, Dominique

Conference (2017, June)

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that ... [more ▼]

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that none of the data on their computer hard drive can be retrieved, veterinarians often inform owners that a beloved pet has cancer and cannot be cured, and airline staff regularly tell travelers that their flights have been cancelled due to bad weather. For some customer-contact employees, delivering bad news is an unavoidable, delicate, and emotionally-charged task that occurs regularly. Disclosing bad news can be highly stressful and perhaps detrimental for (1) customers, (2) customer- contact employees, and (3) service firms in general. Accordingly, it is crucial for service organizations to better understand bad news encounters (i.e., situations during which customer contact employees must deliver negative information) to better equip their managers and employees to deliver such news to customers. The topic of how to best deliver bad news has been broached in various disciplines, including the medical literature (e.g., Baile et al. 2000, 2002; Rosenbaum et al. 2004), the management literature (e.g., Bies 2013; Kothari, Shu, and Wysocki 2009), and the sociology literature (e.g., Clark and LaBeff 1986). These literatures have (1) examined the attitudes and emotions of the discloser of extreme bad news in very specific contexts, (2) identified the tactics used by disclosers, and (3) developed protocols for delivering extremely negative information. Surprisingly, studies of bad news delivered by contact employees are scarce in service research. Service failure and service recovery have received much attention, but this literature has two major gaps when it comes to understanding the delivery of negative information. First, service recovery research generally skips over the initial part of the process where employees first communicate bad news to customers, and instead focuses primarily on the process involved to resolve the situation. Second, there are many situations in which employees must deliver negative information to customers where it is clear that a service failure has not occurred (e.g., informing a customer that his 30-year old dishwasher is beyond repair). We use the critical incident technique (CIT) (Flanagan 1954; Gremler 2004) to analyze 200 incidents where service employees from a wide range of service sectors had to deliver bad news to a customer. [less ▲]

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See detailA computational stochastic multiscale methodology for MEMS structures involving adhesive contact
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Tribology International (2017), 110

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS ... [more ▼]

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the involved structural behaviors suffer from a scatter. To numerically predict the probabilistic behaviors of structures involving adhesion, the proposed method introduces stochastic meso-scale random apparent contact forces which can be integrated into a stochastic finite element model. Because the evaluation of their realizations is expensive, a generator for the random apparent contact force using the polynomial chaos expansion is constructed in an efficient way. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a unified model for flow-material interaction applied to porous charring ablators
Coheur, Joffrey ULg; Schrooyen, Pierre; Turchi, Alessandro et al

Conference (2017, June)

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See detailMagnetic Shielding Above 1 T at 20 K With Bulk, Large Grain YBCO Tubes Made by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Kumar, Numbury Devendra et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2017), 27(4),

YBCO tubes of ~ 10 mm diameter closed at one extremity were engineered by a Buffer-Aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). These tubes can act as efficient “dc” magnetic shields and ... [more ▼]

YBCO tubes of ~ 10 mm diameter closed at one extremity were engineered by a Buffer-Aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). These tubes can act as efficient “dc” magnetic shields and are observed to reduce axial flux densities of 1.5 T by a factor of 100 at 20 K. Such performances are comparable in magnitude to the record threshold inductions reported for bulk MgB2 and Bi-2212 materials at lower temperatures. Magnetic shielding measurements for open and closed tubes at 77 K also show that the presence of the cap improves substantially the shielding performance at the closed extremity since it reduces the penetration through the open end. This fabrication technique is extremely promising for shielding “dc” stray fields generated by HTS magnets operated in a temperature range obtained by cryocoolers, liquid hydrogen (20 K) or liquid neon (27 K). [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical simulations of a non-charring ablator in high enthalpy flows by means of a unified flow-material solver
Schrooyen, Pierre; Coheur, Joffrey ULg; Turchi, Alessandro et al

Conference (2017, June)

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See detailL'Année sartrienne, n° 31
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Book published by Groupe d'Etudes Sartriennes (2017)

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See detailInsect fatty acids: A comparison of lipids from three Orthopterans and Tenebrio molitor L. larvae
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2017), 20(2), 337-340

In order to explore some potential insect sources of food lipids, the lipid compositions of three Orthopterans (Acheta domesticus, Conocephalus discolor and Chorthippus parallelus) were analyzed and ... [more ▼]

In order to explore some potential insect sources of food lipids, the lipid compositions of three Orthopterans (Acheta domesticus, Conocephalus discolor and Chorthippus parallelus) were analyzed and compared with those of Tenebrio molitor larvae. A. domesticus, Co. discolor, Ch. parallelus and T. molitor larvae were found to contain approximately 15%, 13%, 10% and 32% lipids on dry weight, respectively. The lipids from three Orthopterans contain much higher amounts of essential fatty acids than those of T. molitor larvae. The two Orthopterans of the suborder Ensifera i.e., A. domesticus and Co. discolor contain linoleic acid in major quantities, while Ch. parallelus of the suborder Caelifera, contain α-linolenic acid in major quantities. The consumption of linoleic and α-linolenic fatty acid is linked with numerous health promoting effects. The factors that contribute to differences in fatty acid profiles of these insects are being discussed. At last the nutritional parameters including polyunsaturated to saturated and omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratios of these insect lipids are also being discussed to understand the potential role of these lipids in human nutrition. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic phase identification of smart meter measurement data
Olivier, Frédéric ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg

in Proc. of CIRED 2017 (2017, June)

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we ... [more ▼]

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we propose a novel method for identifying the phases of the measurement devices, based exclusively on voltage measurement correlation. It relies on graph theory and the notion of maximum spanning tree. It has been tested on a real Belgian LV network, first with simulated unbalanced voltage for which it managed to correctly identify the phases of all measurement points, second, on preliminary data from a real measurement campaign for which it shows encouraging results. [less ▲]

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