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See detailCortical excitability dynamics of during sleep deprivation set PVT performance
Borsu, Chloé; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailMinerals and trace elements in traditional foods of rural areas of Lhasa Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (P.R. China)
DERMIENCE, Michael ULg; Li, Xiao Wei; Mathieu, Françoise et al

in Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2014), 35(2),

Traditional foods play a major role in the diet of rural people living in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Because these foods are mainly derived from local agriculture as ... [more ▼]

Traditional foods play a major role in the diet of rural people living in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Because these foods are mainly derived from local agriculture as well as artisanal production, their mineral composition may show significant discrepancies when compared with food composition data. This study aims at providing relevant data on the mineral composition of the main Tibetan foods. Sixteen different foodstuffs were sampled, including water, concentrated brewed black tea, chang, tsampa, wheat flour, dried cheese, dried yak meat, dried mutton, blood sausage, dried wild peaches, dried Chinese radish, and dried nettles. They were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for 19 minerals: Na, K, P, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, Ni, Se, Mo, Al, As, Cr, Co, Cd, Pb, and V. The validity of the results was ensured by the use of standard reference materials. A statistical comparison of the mean mineral contents of the analyzed foods against food composition data from the China Food Composition (CFC) table was carried out. It revealed significant discrepancies, emphasizing the importance of food analysis for nutritional assessment in Tibet autonomous region. To the best of our knowledge, the mineral compositions of some traditional Tibetan foods are here reported for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailThe East Asian Financial Crisis 1997-1998
Artige, Lionel ULg

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See detailHammer head beam solution for beam-to-column joints in seismic resistant building frames
Hoang, Van Long ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2014), 103

This paper presents a research on an innovative stiffened extended end-plate joint, used to connect I-shaped beams to partially-encased composite wide flange columns. In the joint, T-shaped hammer heads ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a research on an innovative stiffened extended end-plate joint, used to connect I-shaped beams to partially-encased composite wide flange columns. In the joint, T-shaped hammer heads cut from the same I-profiles than the beams are used, instead of using traditional haunches. At the joint level, the column web is strengthened by two lateral plates welded to the column flanges; these plates also reinforce the column flanges. This type of joint is proposed to use in the seismic resistance building frames, as a full-strength and a fully-rigid joint solution. Firstly, a test program carried out within a RFCS European project titled HSS-SERF “High Strength Steel in Seismic Resistant Building Frames”, 2009–2013, will be presented. Then, analytical developments based on the component approach and aimed at predicting the joint response will be described; their validity will be demonstrated through comparisons with the tests. Moreover, a new design concept for full strength joint accounting for the actual position of the plastic hinge and the possible individual overstrength factors for each component is proposed, respecting the requirements of EN1998-1-1. [less ▲]

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See detailMonetary Policy
Artige, Lionel ULg

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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 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 detailL'odeur : question de sens ou de chimie
Romain, Anne-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2014, August 28)

Afin de mesurer au mieux un paramètre, il faut préalablement connaître son identité. Concernant la métrologie de la pollution olfactive, toute la difficulté réside dans la particularité de cette pollution ... [more ▼]

Afin de mesurer au mieux un paramètre, il faut préalablement connaître son identité. Concernant la métrologie de la pollution olfactive, toute la difficulté réside dans la particularité de cette pollution. En effet, bien qu’associée à la pollution de l’air par les molécules volatiles qui la génèrent, elle en diffère par son effet sensoriel. Il va de soi que la pollution olfactive n’a de sens que par son odeur. Chaque individu a son propre odorat et dès lors sa propre interprétation de l’odeur. C’est cette subjectivité qui rend cette pollution si délicate à qualifier et à quantifier et qui la distingue de la pollution de l’air. De plus, contrairement à d’autres pollutions sensorielles de type sonore ou visuel, l’élément porteur ’est pas dans ce cas une grandeur physique telle que la longueur d’onde électromagnétique ou la variation de pression mais une grandeur physico-chimique particulière dont la mesure est beaucoup plus complexe. Un dictionnaire de langue française définit l’odeur comme « une émanation volatile, caractéristique de certains corps et susceptible de provoquer chez l’homme ou chez un animal des sensations dues à l’excitation d’organes spécialisés ». Cette définition de l’odeur met notamment en jeu deux disciplines : la chimie et la physiologie. En effet un chimiste pourrait présenter l’odeur comme un ensemble de molécules aux propriétés spécifiques qui inhalées par un individu génère une réaction, il s’intéresserait dès lors aux odorants alors qu’un physiologiste parlerait plutôt du stimulus induit par ces odorants et des mécanismes qui le provoquent au niveau des organes. Le traitement de l’information olfactive par le cerveau, la perception olfactive, conduit à plusieurs types de sensation. En effet, l’odeur perçue a trois grandes particularités : l’intensité, la qualité (ou la nature de l’odeur) et la tonalité hédonique ou affective (agrément/désagrément). A ces trois dimensions, il faut ajouter le caractère temporel du stimulus, dimension très utilisée dans le cadre de la pollution olfactive. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian approach integrating correlated foreign information into a multivariate genetic evaluation
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Book of Abstracts of the 65th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2014, August 28)

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and ... [more ▼]

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and problem sizes. However, to our knowledge and especially for variance components estimations, most software available in animal breeding, based on sparse matrices computations, do not allow parallel computing and are limited by memory accessible by the central processing unit, or allow parallel computing only for options with dense matrices computations, which limits anyway problem sizes due to storage of dense matrices. The aim was to propose simple and effective modifications for the BLUPF90 family of programs to reduce computing time with consideration of required memory. Modifications were based on academic free packages proposing solver and sparse inversion for sparse symmetric indefinite linear systems. First, modifications concerned the sparse inversion subroutine implemented in the package FSPAK. Rearrangements of 'do' loops to allow optimizations of computer operations by some compilers and addition of OpenMP directives were performed. The ordering operation was modified to more easily compare a multiple minimum degree algorithm (MMD; implemented in FSPAK) and a multilevel nested dissection algorithm (implemented in METIS 4.0.3). Second, the package PARDISO Version 5.0.0 was used instead of FSPAK. This package proposes in particular a parallel solver and sparse inversion on shared-memory multiprocessors. Modified FSPAK and PARDISO were compared to original FSPAK using MMD through REMLF90. Different models, such as univariate or bivariate (random regressions) test-day animal and single-step genomic models, were tested. All jobs were run 5 times. With an appropriate ordering algorithm, speedup for each REMLF90 iteration were up to 7.5 for modified FSPAK and up to 22.8 for PARDISO with 2 threads. With 4 threads, speedup increased to 8.3 and 32.5, respectively. [less ▲]

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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 detailMatériaux du futur: ressources naturelles ou secondaires?
Courard, Luc ULg

Scientific conference (2014, August 26)

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See detail“Latin American women in the global city of Brussels, defying their disadvantageous gendered positions through the construction of Transnational Artistic Careers.”
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Scientific conference (2014, August 26)

The life goal of constructing Transnational Artistic Careers might open up transnational opportunities for some migrant women who wish to participate in today’s global cities cultural domains. This paper ... [more ▼]

The life goal of constructing Transnational Artistic Careers might open up transnational opportunities for some migrant women who wish to participate in today’s global cities cultural domains. This paper is based on my first observations in the field as a PhD student through, which I encountered complex dynamics of Latin American and Gender identities constructions, both among my participants and myself. Therefore, drawing from a transnational and cosmopolitan practices perspectives, through this paper I refer to Transnational Artistic Careers that served the women invoked in my analysis, to develop cosmopolitan skills and competencies by which they develop multiple forms of identification. These competencies I will argue served these women as a tool to find recognition as well as to express, a sense of belonging that extended beyond ethnic categorizations deployed by more hegemonic perspectives. These women described themselves as the entrepreneurs of their own careers, which later helped them to engage in Cosmopolitan Sociabilities that ultimately served them to develop alternative representations of how they ultimately wanted to be known by “others”. By aiming to discover different forms of Transnational Artistic Careers and Cosmopolitan Sociabilities this paper, focuses on the agency by which these women contested, resisted and empowered themselves against racialized, and ethnicized global hierarchies of power. [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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See detailDynamic Simulations of Combined Transmission and Distribution Systems using Parallel Processing Techniques
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 18th PSCC (2014, August 22)

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, we propose a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition ... [more ▼]

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, we propose a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm to provide accurate, detailed dynamic simulations of the combined system. The simulation procedure is accelerated with the use of parallel programming techniques, taking advantage of the parallelization opportunities inherent in domain decomposition algorithms. The proposed algorithm is general, portable and scalable on inexpensive, shared-memory, multicore machines. A large-scale test system is used for its performance evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of robust detection techniques for local outliers in multivariate spatial data
Ernst, Marie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

Conference (2014, August 22)

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Spatial data may contain two types of atypical observations: global ... [more ▼]

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Spatial data may contain two types of atypical observations: global and/or local outliers. The attribute values of a global outlier are outlying with respect to the values taken by the majority of the data points while the attribute values of a local outlier are extreme when compared to those of its neighbors. Usual outlier detection techniques may be used to find global outliers as the geographical positions of the data is not taken into account in this specific search. The detection of local outliers is more complex, especially when there are more than one non spatial attributes. This talk focuses on local detection with two main objectives. First, we will shortly review some of the local detection techniques that seem to perform well in practice. Among these, one can find robust ``Mahalanobis-type'' detection techniques and a wheighted PCA approach. We suggest an adaptation to one of these to further develop its local characteristic. Then, examples and simulations, based on linear model of co-regionalisation with Matern models, are reported and discussed in order to compare in an objective way the different detection techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo skin fluorescence imaging in young Caucasian adults with early malignant melanomas
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg et al

in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology (2014), 7

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological increase has been disclosed in young women. The aim of the study was to assess the effects of chronic sun exposures in order to rate the extend of melanocytic stimulations in the vicinity of CMM. Methods: The study was designed to evaluate the melanin distribution and density using ultraviolet light illumination. The present study was performed on surgical excision specimens of thin CMM lesion removed from the upper limbs of 55 Caucasian adults (37 women and 18 men). Two control groups comprised 23 men and 21 women of similar ages who had medium-size congenital melanocytic nevi, also present on the upper limbs. The peritumoral skin was scrutinized using a Visioscan® VC98 device, revealing the faint mosaic melanoderma (FMM) pattern that grossly indicates early signs of chronic photodamage in epidermal melanin units. Results: The median extent of relative FMM was significantly higher in the CMM male group. By contrast, the CMM female group showed a reverse bimodal distribution in FMM size. Only 12/37 (32.5%) of the CMM female group had an increased FMM size, whereas 25/37 (67.5%) of females with CMM had a global FMM extent in the normal range, relative to the controls. Conclusion: Thin CMM supervening in young women appear unrelated to repeat photoexposure. Other mechanisms are possibly involved. [less ▲]

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