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See detailPhysical modeling of lateral dike breaching due to overtopping
Rifai, Ismail; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, RCEM 2015 (2015, August)

Dikes are commonly used as defense structures for river flow channelization, protecting population and property from floods and against lateral riverbed migration. However, the aging of these structures ... [more ▼]

Dikes are commonly used as defense structures for river flow channelization, protecting population and property from floods and against lateral riverbed migration. However, the aging of these structures, combined with their increased vulnerability to extreme hydrological events may cause the dikes to breach, and subsequently to break. Furthermore, statistics show that flow overtopping is the main cause of dike failure, which emphasizes the need to understand thoroughly the process of breaching. Indeed, from a risk management perspective it is particularly important to have a detailed understanding of the mechanisms (e.g. internal erosion, overtopping erosion) underlying the formation of breaches due to overtopping and reliable information on flows passing through them. Conversely, the current knowledge of breaching mechanisms remains fragmented, especially because dike failure involves complex interactions between flows, materials of the structure, soil and foundations. The existing studies have addressed partially these interactions as the considered idealized dikes were generally homogenous, the piping erosion unaccounted for and the overtopping replicated in a dam-break like configuration. Yet, river embankments are subjected to high flow velocities parallel to the direction of the dike and to flow in the floodplain, which highly influence the shape of the breach and its evolution. The objective of the present work is to fill this gap. A laboratory experimental investigation is planned in the National Laboratory for Hydraulics and Environment (LNHE) of EDF R&D (France) and in the research group Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering (HECE) of the University of Liege (Belgium), reproducing realistic configurations of river dikes, accounting for the tangential flow in both main channel and floodplain. It enables thus the assessment of, on the one hand, the effect of the increase of the water level, and on the other hand, the influence of waves. The laboratory tests also consider the effect of a surface layer and composition of the dike core by testing different material mixtures. Geometry and composition of the idealized dikes are representative of typical field dikes, based on the similarity theory. [less ▲]

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See detailPaleoseismological record of the Hazar Lake along the East Anatolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lamair, Laura ULg; Hage, Sophie et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailSedimentological and geochemical evidence to detect arid periods recorded in wadi deposits: a case study from northern Morocco
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Bartz, Melanie; Rixhon, Gilles et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailPersonnalité antisociale et psychopathologie
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, July 14)

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes ... [more ▼]

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes contradictions propres au diagnostic qui nous mèneront à l’identification du critère « primaire » de cette entité qui est l’« incapacité à se conformer aux lois et normes sociales ». Nous confronterons ensuite à des situations cliniques l’hétérogénéité des profils pouvant répondre à ce diagnostic. Nos constats nous conduiront à mettre en doute la validité apparente du concept de personnalité antisociale, puisqu’il recouvre des modes de fonctionnement psychologique variés. La valeur discriminative faible, en matière de fonctionnement psychologique, suggère que c’est une dimension autre que psychopathologique qui organise ce diagnostic. Dénuée de toute attention pour les modes d’interactions, pour le vécu émotionnel et pour les états de subjectivité, la notion de personnalité antisociale ne porte pas d’intérêt à l’individu qu’elle catégorise, mais bien à l’acte délinquant commis par ce dernier. Nous conclurons sur le constat de l’absence de dimension psychopathologique de la personnalité antisociale, qui se révèle être un diagnostic principalement criminologique, à l’inverse des fondements de l’éthique psychopathologique. [less ▲]

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See detailBiogeographic variations in wood mice: Testing for the role of morphological variation as a line of least resistance to evolution
Renaud, Sabrina; Quere, Jean Pierre; Michaux, Johan ULg

in Cox, Philippe; Hautier, Lionel (Eds.) Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology ‘Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Paleontology and Functional Morphology’ (2015)

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See detailCorporate Disclosures, Information Asymmetry and Stock-Market Liquidity in France
Sougné, Danielle ULg; Ajina, Aymen; Lakhal, Faten

in Journal of Applied Business Research (2015), Vol 31(4),

This paper aims at studying the effect of corporate disclosures on information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at studying the effect of corporate disclosures on information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of information included in the annual reports on investor’s behavior. This is proxied by the information asymmetry component of the bid-ask spread and stock market liquidity. Our sample includes 196 French listed firms over a period ranging from 2004 to 2007. We opt for an explanatory study using OLS regressions to examine the nature of the relationship between information disclosed in annual reports and bid-ask spreads a proxy for information asymmetry and stock market liquidity. The results show that the extent of corporate disclosures in annual reports positively influences the liquidity of the French market and negatively affects the adverse selection component of the bid-ask spread. This effect is further confirmed by the commitment to IFRS by French-listed firms from 2005. The decomposition of the total score in the sub-indices shows that non-financial and financial information are important in trading decisions while strategic information may be attractive only for long-term positions [less ▲]

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See detailAn XFEM/CZM implementation for massively parallel simulations of composites fracture
Vigueras, Guillermo; Sket, Federico; Samaniego, Cristobal et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 125

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to ... [more ▼]

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to capture their intrinsically multiscale modes of failure is still a challenge. The standard finite element method typically requires intensive remeshing to adequately capture the geometry of the cracks and high accuracy is thus often sacrificed in favor of scalability, and vice versa. In an effort to preserve both properties, we present here an extended finite element method (XFEM) for large scale composite fracture simulations. In this formulation, the standard FEM formulation is partially enriched by use of shifted Heaviside functions with special attention paid to the scalability of the scheme. This enrichment technique offers several benefits, since the interpolation property of the standard shape function still holds at the nodes. Those benefits include (i) no extra boundary condition for the enrichment degree of freedom, and (ii) no need for transition/blending regions; both of which contribute to maintain the scalability of the code. Two different cohesive zone models (CZM) are then adopted to capture the physics of the crack propagation mechanisms. At the intralaminar level, an extrinsic CZM embedded in the XFEM formulation is used. At the interlaminar level, an intrinsic CZM is adopted for predicting the failure. The overall framework is implemented in ALYA, a mechanics code specifically developed for large scale, massively parallel simulations of coupled multi-physics problems. The implementation of both intrinsic and extrinsic CZM models within the code is such that it conserves the extremely efficient scalability of ALYA while providing accurate physical simulations of computationally expensive phenomena. The strong scalability provided by the proposed implementation is demonstrated. The model is ultimately validated against a full experimental campaign of loading tests and X-ray tomography analyses for a chosen very large scale. [less ▲]

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See detailTransnational routes for hyper-local practices. Homemade food of Moroccan migrant women in Italy.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food ... [more ▼]

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food. This food was the result of the combination of hyper-local and transnational practices. In fact, preparing some food at home instead of buying it (bread, for example) was possible also thanks to the use of some ingredients that were bought in or coming from Morocco. The issue at stake was that of control: a control exerted at a hyper-local level (in one’s home) on procedures and at a transnational level (by personally knowing ingredients’ producers) on food elements. This combination let women prepare some representative food of their memory by using the traditional techniques learnt from their mothers and by excluding intermediations. Homemade food translated the reassuring utopia of keeping a link with a cultural belonging in spite of migration and of reducing the fear of being contaminated by the unknown products of the diversity. Some ethnographic data will be presented to show these dynamics, and they will be supported by the visual material collected through participant observation. [less ▲]

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See detailLa diversité linguistique en Asie Mineure et en Gaule à l'époque d'Irénée
Rochette, Bruno ULg

Conference (2015, June 11)

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See detailThe cultural Other’s ways of eating. On embodied subjectivities, diets and inclusion of diversity.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, June 09)

The notion of subjectivation is employed in the human and social sciences to define the dynamic and complex process of definition of the self. In this process, several factors interact, both rising from ... [more ▼]

The notion of subjectivation is employed in the human and social sciences to define the dynamic and complex process of definition of the self. In this process, several factors interact, both rising from those which appear as inner needs and from cultural and social expectations. This occurs at different levels of the individual’s everyday life’s experience, one of which is the material one. At this level we find diets, which actively perform on corporeality meant as embodied self. The materiality of food habits and culinary practices is the site where the stratified definition of individual subjectivity take place and where cultural and social belongings are represented and negotiated. In order to support this statement, I will present the life history of the key informant of my doctoral research that was devoted to the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan women living in context of migration. The ethnographic data were collected during an eighteen months fieldwork conducted in Milan hinterland (Italy). Through participant observation and semi-structured interviews, I studied the way of eating of this woman and her family. Their diet was influenced by several factors, among which the most relevant one was the illness of one of the children, a young girl suffering from diabetes mellitus. The (micro)materiality of food choices made by her mother for her nourishment, played a crucial role in the definition of the girl’s body and of its representation. In fact, this woman negotiated her culinary practices, stemming from her embodied memory, with medical prescriptions and instruments in order to restore her child’s body to health and thus shaping it as socially acceptable. We see a double-direction movement involving food and the body: the incorporation of appropriate nourishment, assured by a strict measurement of food biological components, and the excorporation of some physiological functions delegated to external medical devices. Such dynamics are aimed at making the child’s body comply with those biomedical norms that control the individuals’ access to the “healthy collectivity”. The medical work on the body through food corresponds to the normalization of the cultural Other’s ways of eating, a process that seems to be fundamental to migrants’ integration in the host society. In this paper I will discuss these issues focusing on food practices as material culture which actively participates to the embodied process of subjectivation. I will support my presentation with visual materials. [less ▲]

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See detailLa dimension adaptative du fonctionnement pervers : une question complexe
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, June 04)

Après avoir rappelé la différence entre perversion et fonctionnement psychologique pervers, nous proposerons une réflexion éthologique et écologique qui s’appuiera sur une pratique clinique en hôpital ... [more ▼]

Après avoir rappelé la différence entre perversion et fonctionnement psychologique pervers, nous proposerons une réflexion éthologique et écologique qui s’appuiera sur une pratique clinique en hôpital sécuritaire avec plusieurs patients au fonctionnement psychologique pervers. Dans un raisonnement où nous distinguons la signification d’un comportement de sa fonction, il apparaît que la maîtrise du territoire et du rang social sont des « facultés » perverses observables. Nous suggérons de concevoir le pervers comme un individu hyper-adapté à un environnement social (la prison, par exemple, mais pas seulement) dont il maîtrise remarquablement l’art de la relation et de la « territorialisation ». Nous mettrons également en évidence les grandes compétences perceptives de ces patients (notamment via une réponse au test de Rorschach) et la maitrise fulgurante de l’intuition relationnelle. L’ensemble de ces caractéristiques font du pervers un être très « compétent » d’un point de vue social. Ceci explique, lorsqu’ils s’expriment sur le terrain de la délinquance, la dimension « imparable » des actes criminels de ces individus. Au-delà de cette adaptation sociale performante et remarquable, surviennent néanmoins des moments paradoxaux où la « désadaptation » est complète. Ces « moments pervers », qui sont rencontrés dans la clinique avec ces patients et qui apparaissent inexplicables d’un point de vue éthologique et adaptatif, sont des phénomènes essentiels à mettre en évidence dans un processus d’évaluation diagnostique. Dès lors, le pervers doit être considéré comme un être dont le fonctionnement adaptatif est complexe, fluctuant sur un continuum entre hyper-adaptation (la plupart du temps) et inadaptation (s’exprimant sous la forme d’un hiatus). Précisons, en outre, que ce modèle adaptatif suggère clairement que le fonctionnement psychologique pervers n’est pas l’apanage du sujet délinquant sexuel, pas plus qu’il n’est celui du délinquant en règle général. Ce mode de fonctionnement est également à identifier dans de nombreuses situations sociales où l’exercice du pouvoir sur autrui est accepté voire encouragé. Pour conclure, nous insisterons sur le fait qu’un fonctionnement psychologique pervers est complexe à mettre en évidence, notamment parce qu’il demande du temps et le développement de qualités d’observation parfois difficilement opérationnelles dans certaines situations cliniques ou d’expertise. Pour pouvoir améliorer la connaissance de ce fonctionnement, cette entité demande une reconnaissance nosographique et diagnostique propre. Notre hypothèse d’une hyper-adaptation pourrait être éprouvée par des méthodes cognitives. Nous pensons, par exemple, à un dispositif proposant des tâches de résolutions de problèmes sans issue. Cependant, l’on peut se demander s’il est raisonnable d’envisager d’avoir une connaissance nomothétique de la personnalité perverse. Le nombre restreint de sujets « disponibles » pour une évaluation, leur logique insaisissable, leur tendance au refus de collaborer à une étude s’ils n’y trouvent pas avantage, etc. Ces arguments font que le sujet pervers échappe presque par principe aux méthodes de recherche conventionnelles. Cela ne veut évidemment pas dire que l’entité nosographique n’existe pas. Tout en connaissant le lourd tribut que peut représenter le fait d’apposer ce diagnostic à propos d’un sujet, nous estimons, néanmoins, qu’il est important de pouvoir le mettre en évidence lorsqu’il est présent (comme il est, par ailleurs, essentiel de se garder de le poser lorsqu’il est absent). Pour ce faire, la répétition et l’observation sont les seuls moyens de parvenir à objectiver ce type de fonctionnement en réduisant le risque d’identifier des faux positifs. La difficulté essentielle est et restera de parvenir à parler à écrire sur le pervers. Pointer une dynamique perverse et parvenir à la faire comprendre aux autres relève presque de l’impossible car, d’une certaine manière, le pervers est toujours dans le juste. Il n’a pas toujours une bonne excuse, il a toujours une bonne raison. Le principe pervers dépasse le dicible, la dynamique perverse est difficilement verbalisable. [less ▲]

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See detailOccupational physicians managing workers long-term sickness absence : are they willing to cooperate with family and social insurance physicians ?
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; Vanmeerbeek, Marc ULg; Schippers, Nathalie ULg et al

Conference (2015, June)

Introduction In Belgium, sickness absence (SA) management implies complementary roles for family (FPs), social insurance (SIPs) and occupational physicians (OPs): FPs deliver sick notes, SIPs control SA ... [more ▼]

Introduction In Belgium, sickness absence (SA) management implies complementary roles for family (FPs), social insurance (SIPs) and occupational physicians (OPs): FPs deliver sick notes, SIPs control SA benefits and OPs strive to adapt work environments to workers’ capacities. In practice however, there is little cooperation between the three physicians. This study aimed at identifying FP-OP-SIP cooperation channels in order to prevent long-term work disability. Methods The study involved two phases. (1) Using the nominal group technique, researchers from the three physician groups reached a consensus on 15 proposals to enhance inter-professional cooperation. (2) A Delphi study was conducted to validate these proposals: 61 experts representing professional groups of physicians (FP, SIP, OP), patients, government, employers and labor unions were asked to participate. A 18-items questionnaire (the 15 proposals + 3 open questions) was used in a 2-round Delphi study. Proposals were accepted if 80% of experts agreed. Results Participation rate was 77% in round 1 and 7 out of the 15 proposals were accepted. During round 2, participation rate was 94%; 2 of the remaining proposals reached agreement level. Public authorities were thus advised to invest in a) promotion of pre-return to work visit with the OP for sick-listed patients; b) a website with OPs contact data; c) joint guidelines for return to work guidance; d) joint training of the 3 physician groups; 5) safe electronic information exchange. Several proposals aiming at giving work-related information to FPs and SIPs did not reach agreement within the OPs expert group. OPs expressed concerns about their own workload and FPs or SIPs ability to understand and use those information. Discussion The need for inter-physician cooperation in disability management may exceed individual goodwill and should best be organised by public authorities. This study may be a first step in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailLes corps des scientifiques et de l’intellectuel dans la revue La recherche
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Havelange, Carl (Ed.) La lettre et l'image (2015, June)

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See detailuelle définition du concept de tangente ? Pour quelles raisons ?
Balhan, Kevin ULg; Schneider-Gilot, Marguerite ULg; Krysinska, Marysa

in Repères : Revue des Instituts de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathématiques (2015)

Dans le présent article, nous présentons un parcours didactique visant à faire évoluer chez les élèves le concept de tangente, de leur connaissance antérieure de tangente à un cercle comme droite ne ... [more ▼]

Dans le présent article, nous présentons un parcours didactique visant à faire évoluer chez les élèves le concept de tangente, de leur connaissance antérieure de tangente à un cercle comme droite ne coupant la courbe qu’en un seul point jusqu’à une définition formalisée au sein d’un cours d’analyse. Nous montrons ainsi qu’une définition d’un objet mathématique n’est ni définitive, ni une simple description de l’objet. Le choix d’une définition au détriment d’une autre doit se faire à la lumière d’un projet plus global relatif à l’institution à laquelle elle appartient. [less ▲]

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See detailRegression-based modelling of a fleet of gas turbine engines for performance trending
Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg; Dewallef, Pierre ULg

in Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2015 (2015, June)

Module performance analysis is a well-established framework to assess changes in the health condition of the components of the engine gas-path. The primary material of the technique is the so-called ... [more ▼]

Module performance analysis is a well-established framework to assess changes in the health condition of the components of the engine gas-path. The primary material of the technique is the so-called vector of residuals, which are built as the difference between actual measurement taken in the gas-path and values predicted by means of an engine model. Obviously, the quality of the assessment of the engine condition depends strongly on the accuracy of the engine model. The present paper proposes a new approach for data-driven modelling of a fleet of engines of a given type. Such black-box models can be designed by operators such as airlines and thirdparty companies. The fleet-wide modelling process is formulated as a regression problem that provides a dedicated model for each engine in the fleet, while recognising that all engines are of the same type. The methodology is applied to a virtual fleet of engines generated within the ProDiMES environment. The set of models is assessed quantitatively through the coefficient of determination and is further used to perform anomaly detection. [less ▲]

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See detail“Pourquoi écrivez-vous ?” Création et sacralisation
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

Conference (2015, June)

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