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See detailUse of Inertial Measurement Unit of a Mobile Device to Discriminate Cattle Grazing and Ruminating Behaviours on Pasture
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Animal Production in Australia (2014, September)

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual ... [more ▼]

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual cattle behaviour in a quest to improve the management of pastures. Studies have shown the relevancy of accelerometers in the analysis of behaviour using dedicated devices. Accelerometers are located either close to the mouth or jaw of the animal or on its forehead or neck. Records are usually performed at low frequency (<1Hz) and most studies classify behaviours using neuronal networks or multivariate statistical approaches, with little consideration to the animals’ actual movements. Inertial measurement units (IMU) in consumer mobile devices are specifically developed to record accurately user movements. Besides 3D-accelerometer, they can include 3-D rotational speed sensors, 3-D magnetometers and GPS. Optimised power consumption offers significant autonomy. Data directly acquired from the sensors and IMU signals from build-in proprietary algorithms can be recovered using user-friendly low-cost applications. Moreover, mobile devices can store or communicate information by wireless in real time at high frequency. As movements of cattle are in the same range as humans, this study investigates the relevancy of mobile devices IMU signals to discriminate main behaviours of cattle on pasture. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate monitoring of the rumination behaviour of cattle using IMU signals from a mobile device
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2014, September)

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the ... [more ▼]

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the inertial measurement unit (IMU) present in smartphones mounted on the neck of cows. The processing of both time and frequency domains of the IMU signals was capable to detect accurately the main behaviours (grazing, rumination and other) and highlight the characteristics of the rumination process. The algorithm for analysis of rumination was more accurate for grazing cattle than for silage-fed cattle in stables. [less ▲]

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See detailFormal Incident Reporting System: Putting Solidarity on Trial
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Claisse, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2014, September)

The practice of “incident reporting” is commonly recognized as an effective mean to reduce the vulnerability of “at risk” socio-technical systems (e.g. nuclear plants, large industrial facilities or ... [more ▼]

The practice of “incident reporting” is commonly recognized as an effective mean to reduce the vulnerability of “at risk” socio-technical systems (e.g. nuclear plants, large industrial facilities or hospitals), as it allow the concerned community to learn from past incidents. Indeed, it is assumed that collective resilience will be upgraded via the use of institutionalized Incident Reporting System (IRS), enabling the organization to improve the quality of the actions and reactions in case of deviation from normality, or to prevent such deviation. Yet, inductive analysis of what happens with those IRS in practice are not numerous. In this paper, we address this gap and display the results of semi-structured interviews conducted in a nuclear facility. During those interviews, participants were also requested to produce a mind map of the IRS they are concerned with. As a result, we show that safety is a matter of solidarities that are situated in specific contexts. To that regard, incident reporting is a practice of decomposition and recomposition of trusts and thus of solidarities. Reporting incidents consists in putting solidarity on trial, as the collective safety was threatened. We show that such open trial is often avoided because questioning solidarities is not always desirable in order to allow the group to continue functioning. Overall, we argue that informal reporting behaviors can also contribute to upgrade collective resilience without putting solidarities on trial. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Angiostrongylus vasorum in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid or faeces of coughing and healthy dogs in Belgium.
Canonne-Guibert, Morgane ULg; Roels, Elodie ULg; Caron, Yannick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailVascular endothelial growth factor : a blood biomarker in canine pulmonary fibrosis.
Roels, Elodie ULg; Krafft, Emilie ULg; Heikkilä, H.P. et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailCorrelation between thoracic ct-scan angiography findings and echocardiographic right pulmonary vein to pulmonary artery ratio in west highland white terriers with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Roels, Elodie ULg; Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Couvreur, T. et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailFlow and turbulence characterization as an onset for assessing the stability of gravel beds
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in 7th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics (2014, September)

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely ... [more ▼]

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely accepted approach for defining the initiation of sediment motion. However, it faces a number of shortcomings. In principle, it is only valid for uniform flow conditions and, under non-uniform flow conditions, it fails to account properly for the influence of turbulence in sediment entrainment. In this paper, we focus on a more detailed description of quasi-uniform and non-uniform flow characteristics in the vicinity of the critical flow conditions for inception of motion of gravel beds. Laboratory experiments were designed, involving two configurations. First, the entire bottom of the flume was paved with stones of uniform diameter (8 or 15 mm), leading to quasi-uniform flow conditions. Second, the flume bottom was smooth upstream of the zone of measurement while the downstream part was covered with gravels, leading to a sudden smooth-to-rough transition. The flow velocity was obtained by acoustic measurements and the turbulence intensity was calculated for both configurations. By fitting the velocity profile to a modified logarithmic law, the shear velocity was estimated. Standard approaches for predicting the threshold of motion, initially developed for uniform flows, were compared to other methods, based on depth-averaged turbulence kinetic energy, recently proposed in literature for non-uniform flow conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailHow much time does it take for "experience design" to unfold?
Elsen, Catherine ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in Benz, Peter (Ed.) Designing Experiences: Positions and Approaches. (2014)

This paper specifically focuses on one aspect of the experience design process, sometimes even stressed as one if its shortcomings: the time it takes to properly gain insights about possible real-life ... [more ▼]

This paper specifically focuses on one aspect of the experience design process, sometimes even stressed as one if its shortcomings: the time it takes to properly gain insights about possible real-life experiences of proximal or distal end-users. In the process of making sense of sometimes conflicting viewpoints found in the literature about timing and its possible impact on design processes and outcomes, this paper compares four distinct settings and addresses the following research questions: • How “time-framing” the design process possibly filters (positively or negatively) the awareness designers have about end-users; • How the experimental protocols, their inherent limitations and artificialities, do shape the designers’ involvement in the process of designing for an end-user’s experience. Results put techniques for «disciplined creativity», such as brainstorming or analogies, front-to-front with more reflective approaches that unfold over more time, and discuss respective but complementary added values of both. [less ▲]

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See detailBioaccumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Gammarus pulex: Relative importance of different exposure routes and multipathway modeling
Lebrun, Jérémie; Leroy, Delphine; Giusti, Arnaud ULg et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2014), 154

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the ... [more ▼]

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the bioaccumulation kinetics of PBDEs in freshwater biota. This study aims at investigating the potential use of a litter-degrader widely distributed in European freshwaters, Gammarus pulex, as an indicator of exposure to PBDEs. In aquatic microcosms, gammarids were exposed to a mixture of brominated congeners (BDE-28, 47, 66, 85, 99, 100, 153, 154 and 183) to assess their ability to bioconcentrate PBDEs. Results show that all tested congeners are highly internalized by G. pulex and uptake rates of PBDEs are closely related to their partition coefficients (Kow). The determination of the elimination rate of BDE-47, the congener most readily accumulated by gammarids, indicated that metabolism and excretion of this congener are low in G. pulex, which argues in favor of its use as a quantitative biomonitor. Finally, bioaccumulation experiments were performed using contaminated leaves to determine the relative importance of dietary uptake in the contamination of gammarids. Even though water is the preeminent exposure route, a significant uptake of BDE-47 through food was observed (27%). We propose a biodynamic model that takes into account both exposure routes to describe BDE-47 bioaccumulation. This study supports the use of this ubiquitous amphipod as an early warning monitor of the bioavailable contamination of freshwaters by PBDEs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Double-Sarcophagus of Hierapytna (Creta). A Reassessment
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailAutonomie de la volonté et concurrence régulatoire – le cas des relations familiales internationales
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

in Fulchiron, Hugues; Bergé, Jean-Sylvestre (Eds.) Vers un statut européen de la famille ? (2014)

L'autonomie de la volonté a connu un essor considérable dans le règlement des relations familiales internationales. Au-delà de la consécration toujours plus importante de l'autonomie de la volonté comme ... [more ▼]

L'autonomie de la volonté a connu un essor considérable dans le règlement des relations familiales internationales. Au-delà de la consécration toujours plus importante de l'autonomie de la volonté comme fondement de la règle de conflit de lois en matière familiale, la liberté des parties a reçu ces dernières années un appui important par le biais d'une jurisprudence ambitieuse tant de la Cour de justice de l'Union que de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme. Dans le même temps, force est bien de constater que le droit de la famille semble constituer un îlot de résistance tenace face au mouvement d'unification et d'harmonisation. Les ingrédients semblent dès lors réunis pour le développement d'une véritable concurrence législative qui pourrait mener au spectre de la 'race to the bottom'. A l'offre de droits aux contenus différents se conjuge en effet une certaine possibilité de choix par les parties. Cette liberté de choix constitue un avatar évident de la mobilité qui fonde le pouvoir d'arbitrage des acteurs privés. La présente contribution a pour objectif de s'interroger sur l'existence réelle d'une telle concurrence normative. [less ▲]

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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 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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See detailInteractions in massive binaries: spectral modelling – CoMBiSpeC – and observational analyses
Palate, Matthieu ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Massive stars are very important to the life of the galaxiesbut they are rare and many open questions on their formation, evolution and characteristics remain. One of the best ways to improve our ... [more ▼]

Massive stars are very important to the life of the galaxiesbut they are rare and many open questions on their formation, evolution and characteristics remain. One of the best ways to improve our knowledge on massive stars is to study massive binaries (that represent at least 50% of massive stars see Mahy et al. 2009, and Sana & Evans 2011) and their spectra. Spectral and atmosphere modelling of stars are very interesting tools that are now often used in spectral analyses. However, these models are designed for single spherical stars. In this context, we have developed a numerical code of spectral modelling of massive binary systems: CoMBiSpeC (code of massive binary spectral computation) that computes the spectra of massive binary systems and accounts for various effects that affect these systems. Our models, and the observational analyses of the four binary systems presented in the second part of this work, have allowed to explain several effects linked to binarity: luminosity class discrepancy, temperature distribution, Struve-Sahade effect, and some kind of line profile variations. In summary, CoMBiSpeC is a first step in the spectral modelling of massive binary systems and several improvements are still needed to be able to study all massive binaries. Nevertheless, this model can explain and reproduce various observed phenomena which was the main goal of this thesis. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreasing the efficiency of Organic Rankine Cycle Technology by means of Multivariable Predictive Control
Hernandez Naranjo, Jairo Andrés ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Ionescu, Clara et al

Conference (2014, August 25)

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology has become very popular, as it is extremely suitable for waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources. As the ORC system is a strongly coupled nonlinear ... [more ▼]

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology has become very popular, as it is extremely suitable for waste heat recovery from low-grade heat sources. As the ORC system is a strongly coupled nonlinear multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) process, conventional control strategies (e.g. PID) may not achieve satisfactory results. In this contribution our focus is on the accurate regulation of the superheating, in order to increase the e fficiency of the cycle and to avoid the formation of liquid droplets that could damage the expander. To this end, a multivariable Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy is proposed, its performance is compared to the one of PI controllers for the case of variable waste-heat source profi les. [less ▲]

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See detailmodelling heat and mass transfer during convective drying of a building material
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg

Conference (2014, August 24)

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0 ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to characterize experimentally the behaviour of a cement mortar during its convective drying. The work presented here focuses on mortars with water-to cement ratios (w/C) of 0, 5. The drying tests are realized in a convective dryer designed for the drying of small samples (0 - 8g). Experiences are realized with different conditions of drying air temperature (60, 90 and 130 °C) and velocity (2, 3 and 5 m/s) the results show the influence of temperature and velocity on drying curve. Mathematical models have been used for the description of drying curves. The exponential mathematical model seems the most adequate to describe the drying curves of cement mortars, with correlation coefficients changing with the air temperature and velocity and close to unity. The convective mass and heat transfer coefficients are determined from the experimental data. The results showed that both mass and heat transfer coefficients were affected by the air temperature and velocity. The convective mass transfer coefficient changed from 0.0232m/s at V=2m/s to 0.045m/s at V=5m/s, and from 0.055 m/s at 60°c to 0.023 at 130°c. Heat transfer coefficient changed from 14.767 w/m2°c at V=2m/s to 28.64 w/m2°c at V=5m/s and from 7.71 at 60° c to 14.77 at 130°c The temperature dependency of the two coefficients was expressed using an Arrhenius-type equation and related parameters were deduced [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental study of the drying kinetic of mortar
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg

Conference (2014, August 24)

This work reports the results of an experimental study concerning on one hand the influence of water-to cement ratios (W/C), and the role of aggregates on the other hand on the drying kinetics of cement ... [more ▼]

This work reports the results of an experimental study concerning on one hand the influence of water-to cement ratios (W/C), and the role of aggregates on the other hand on the drying kinetics of cement pastes during thermal drying. Three types of cement pastes were realized and studied; cement pastes with ratios W/C 0.4, W/C 0.5 and mortar with ratio W/C 0.5. These tries present the advantage to reproduce the natural conditions met in the problems of interaction atmosphere and material. Cylindrical samples of cement of size (17 X 13) mm are dried in a convective dryer. The sample is continuously weighed during the drying test and its mass is recorded every 60 s, in the purpose to obtain the drying curves. The results show that the increase of the W/C ratio leads to an increase of the drying rate due to the increase of the initial porosity. The effect of the introduction of aggregates is observable by the comparison of the drying curve obtained for the mortar and the cement pastes. The results show a decrease of the drying kinetics with mortars. The results also show that the air drying temperature has a large impact on the drying process, increasing the temperature leading to significant drying time reduction. The Effective diffusion coefficient is calculated by comparison between the experimental results and the analytical solution of Fick’s equation written for a finite medium. [less ▲]

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