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See detailInvestigation of temperature-dependent stiffness variation of a layer of asphalt and their possible effect on the deformation behaviour of concrete structures
Waldmann, Danièle UL; Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Scherbaum, Frank et al

in 6th International Conference on Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures, Duebendorf 2015 (2015, October)

In the time of increasing maintenance costs, the continuous inspection and the earliest possible damage detection become more and more important. In order to minimize future maintenance costs, the exact ... [more ▼]

In the time of increasing maintenance costs, the continuous inspection and the earliest possible damage detection become more and more important. In order to minimize future maintenance costs, the exact evaluation of the condition of the structure and the exact assessment of potential damages are of essential importance. Therefore the University of Luxembourg carries out projects to investigate an efficient application of different assessment methods taking into account praxis relevant test conditions. As a part of this project especially the changing temperatures which influence the stiffness of the materials are analysed. As a consequence, for the condition assessment of structures, the asphalt layer cannot only be taken into consideration as a mass applied as load on the structure. Due to bond effects of the asphalt layer to the load carrying element its changing stiffness induced by changing temperatures influences the stiffness of the whole structure. Within this paper this effect will be illustrated. First the load carrying behaviour and the stiffness of pre-stressed concrete slabs realized with and without an additional asphalt layer will be investigated in a climate chamber and the results will be compared for different temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary energy used in centralized and decentralized ventilation systems measured in field tests in residential buildings
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Proceedings of the 26th AIVC Conference, Effective Ventilation in high performance buildings (2015, September)

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when ... [more ▼]

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when compared to the nominal values provided by the manufacturer. In this paper, results of a comprehensive field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized ventilation systems for residential buildings and the calculation of the primary energy savings of those devices are presented. Factors like volume flow unbalances, shortcuts, temperature change rates and specific fan power have been addressed by tracer gas technology and other means and been used as input factors to calculate the primary energy balance of those devices. Every system showed positive primary energy savings. The mean value for centralized systems was 2.92 Wh/m3 with a high standard deviation of 2.23 Wh/m3, while the decentralized systems showed higher savings of around 4.75 Wh/m3 with a standard deviation of 0.01 to 0.15 Wh/m3. In general, the calculated savings in field tests were significantly lower compared to the case of using nominal values as input parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanical properties of five different currently used implants for open-wedge high tibial osteotomy
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2015), 2(14),

Background: As several new tibial osteotomy plates recently appeared on the market, the aim of the present study was to compare mechanical static and fatigue strength of three newly designed plates with ... [more ▼]

Background: As several new tibial osteotomy plates recently appeared on the market, the aim of the present study was to compare mechanical static and fatigue strength of three newly designed plates with gold standard plates for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis. Methods: Sixteen fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomyn(HTO) according to standard techniques, using five TomoFix standard plates, five PEEKPower plates and six iBalance implants. Static compression load to failure and load-controlled cyclic fatigue failure tests were performed. Forces, horizontal and vertical displacements were measured; rotational permanent plastic deformations, maximal displacement ranges in the hysteresis loops of the cyclic loading responses and dynamic stiffness were determined. Results: Static compression load to failure tests revealed that all plates showed sufficient stability up to 2400 N without any signs of opposite cortex fracture, which occurred above this load in all constructs at different load levels. During the fatigue failure tests, screw breakage in the iBalance group and opposite cortex fractures in all constructs occurred only under physiological loading conditions (<2400 N). The highest fatigue strength in terms of maximal load and number of cycles performed prior to failure was observed for the ContourLock group followed by the iBalance implants, the TomoFix standard (std) and small stature (sm) plates. The PEEKPower group showed the lowest fatigue strength. Conclusions: All plates showed sufficient stability under static loading. Compared to the TomoFix and the PEEKPower plates, the ContourLock plate and iBalance implant showed a higher mechanical fatigue strength during cyclic fatigue testing. These data suggest that both mechanical static and fatigue strength increase with a wider proximal T-shaped plate design together with diverging proximal screws as used in the ContourLock plate or a closed-wedge construction as in the iBalance design. Mechanical strength of the bone-implant constructs decreases with a narrow T-shaped proximal end design and converging proximal screws (TomoFix) or a short vertical plate design (PEEKPower Plate). Whenever high mechanical strength is required, a ContourLock or iBalance plate should be selected. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of crack development in a fairfaced concrete floor
Weiler, Michael UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in Concrete - Innovation and Design (2015)

The present work shows the crack behaviour of fairfaced concrete floors and the accurate prediction of cracking. The causes for cracking are various and can be divided into cracking of an early stage ... [more ▼]

The present work shows the crack behaviour of fairfaced concrete floors and the accurate prediction of cracking. The causes for cracking are various and can be divided into cracking of an early stage concrete and cracking of concrete of a later stage. Here the cracking of the concrete at an early stage due to shrinkage taking into account the strength evolution during hardening, will be analysed. Shrinkage causes a reduction of the structures’ volume, it tries to constringe. If the boundary conditions are inconvenient, it may cause cracks. Besides, there are thermal causes based on hydration. As a consequence thereof, the strength of concrete develops in the first days after pouring, too. When the concrete starts to cool down, strains may occur which leads to cracking. For that reason, an experimental investigative program is achieved. With the use of a large climate chamber, in which temperature and humidity can be varied, special specimen with a large surface to volume ratio is stored. An available prognosis software program will give the resulting strengths and internal temperatures at different locations and different instants of time of the investigated elements. These results will be implemented into the finite element models [less ▲]

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See detailUse of recycled concrete in construction in Luxembourg
Waldmann, Danièle UL; Thapa, Vishojit Bahadur UL

in Cahier Scientifique - Revue Technique Luxembourgeoise (2015)

Construction and demolition waste constitutes a major portion of total waste production in the world, and most of it is used in landfills. The re-use of concrete rubble collected from demolished ... [more ▼]

Construction and demolition waste constitutes a major portion of total waste production in the world, and most of it is used in landfills. The re-use of concrete rubble collected from demolished structures is an important issue. After crushing and screening, there is the possibility of appropriately treating and reusing such waste as aggregate in new concrete, especially in lower level applications. Different aspects of the topic beginning with a brief review of the European initiatives and definition in terms of C&D waste generated and recycled aggregates produced from C&D waste are given. Along with a brief overview of C&D waste, a summary of the situation in Luxembourg in use of recycled aggregate is discussed. This writing concludes by identifying some of the major barriers in more use of recycled aggregate concrete, including lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, barriers of specifications/codes for reusing these aggregates in new concrete. [less ▲]

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See detailA semi-centralized, valveless and demand controlled ventilation system in comparison to other concepts in field tests
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Building & Environment (2015), 93(21-26),

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the ... [more ▼]

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the level of air ow is based on sensors or time control. In residential buildings however, mechanical ventilation systems, whether centralized or decentralized, are in most cases operated in a constant modus, providing fresh air regardless if the fresh air is needed or not, even though the technology and the components needed for demand controlled ventilation exist and can be purchased at reasonable prices. In this article, results of eld tests with a semi-centralized demand feedback-controlled ventilation system are shown and compared to outcomes with other demand controlled systems. The semi-centralized prototype includes decentralized fans per ventilation zone, making a room-wise ventilation possible and valves to balance the system hydraulically unnecessary. It is shown that each presented concept of demand controlled ventilation can save energy by decreasing the operational time or the mean airflow rate without compromising air quality. Concepts which make a zone- or even a room-wise control of air ow possible, showed the highest energy saving potential of up to two-thirds compared to a system operating at constant flow rates. In addition to the energy savings due to decreased operational time, the maintenance and lter costs are decreased while the user comfort is increased, as natural ventilation in spring, summer and autumn may easily be added when delta T between inside and outside is small. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign, Repeatability, and Comparison to Literature Data of a New Noninvasive Device Called "Rotameter" to Measure Rotational Knee Laxity
Neumann, Simon UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Scholarly Research Notices Orthopedics (2015), Volume 2015, Article ID 439095

The present paper deals with the design, the repeatability, and the comparison to literature data of a new measuring device called “Rotameter” to characterize the rotational knee laxity or the tibia ... [more ▼]

The present paper deals with the design, the repeatability, and the comparison to literature data of a new measuring device called “Rotameter” to characterize the rotational knee laxity or the tibia-femoral rotation (TFR). The initial prototype P1 of the Rotameter is shortly introduced and then modified according to trials carried out on a prosthetic leg and on five healthy volunteers, leading therefore to an improved prototype P2. A comparison of results obtained from P1 and P2 with the same male subject shows the enhancements of P2. Intertester and intratester repeatability of this new device were shown and it was observed that rotational laxities of left and right knees are the same for a healthy subject. Moreover, a literature review showed that measurements with P2 presented lower TFR values than other noninvasive devices.The measured TFR versus torque characteristic was quite similar to other invasive devices, which are more difficult to use and harmful to the patient. Hence, our prototype P2 proved to be an easy-to-use and suitable device for quantifying rotational knee laxity. A forthcoming study will validate the Rotameter thanks to an approach based on computed tomography in order to evaluate its precision. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a Computed Tomography Based Approach to Validate Noninvasive Devices to Measure Rotational Knee Laxity
Neumann, Simon UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Scholarly Research Notices (2015)

The purpose of this study is to validate a noninvasive rotational knee laxity measuring device called “Rotameter P2” with an approach based on Computed Tomography (CT). This CT-approach using X-rays is ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to validate a noninvasive rotational knee laxity measuring device called “Rotameter P2” with an approach based on Computed Tomography (CT). This CT-approach using X-rays is hence invasive and can be regarded as a precise reference method that may also be applied to similar devices. An error due to imperfect femur fixation was observed but can be neglected for small torques. The most significant estimation error is due to the unavoidable soft tissues rotation and hence flexibility in the measurement chain. The error increases with the applied torque.The assessment showed that the rotational knee angle measured with the Rotameter is still overestimated because of thigh and femur displacement, soft tissues deformation, and measurement artefacts adding up to a maximum of 285% error at +15Nm for the Internal Rotation of female volunteers. This may be questioned if such noninvasive devices for measuring the Tibia-Femoral Rotation (TFR) can help diagnosing knee pathologies and investigate ligament reconstructive surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailFatigue in the Core of Aluminium Honeycomb Panels: Lifetime Prediction compared to Fatigue Tests
Wahl, Laurent UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Journal of Damage Mechanics (2014), 23 no.5

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway ... [more ▼]

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway-cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two thin and stiff aluminium face sheets , which are bonded to a thick and lightweight aluminium honeycomb core. These structures are subjected to dynamic loading. However, in literature, there are hardly any fatigue properties of the honeycomb core described. The fatigue properties of the core are investigated using the finite element method and experiments. Depending on the load application, the honeycomb core fails either through core indentation or shear failure. For a fatigue prediction, both failure modes have to be investigated. Additionally the physical behavior of the honeycomb core is depending on the orientation of the core. Hence, fatigue tests were conducted in three directions of the core: the stiffest direction, the most compliant direction and the direction with the highest stresses. A three-point bending test setup was built to study the fatigue properties of the honeycomb core. Several fatigue tests were carried out with a load ratio of R=0.1 (maximum load 10 times bigger than minimum load) and the fatigue diagrams being illustrated. Additionally, Food-Cart Roller Tests (wheels of a cart rolling in a circle on a floor panel) were done to dynamically test the panels in every angle. The sandwich structures were modeled with the ANSYS finite element software. The simulations, which were used to determine the stress amplitudes in the specimens, are described in the following pages. In addition, buckling analyses were used to examine core indentation failure. Based on these simulations, failure predictions can be made. The fatigue life of the examined specimens is successfully approximated in this manuscript, with the lifetime analysis being based on the FKM-guideline (error less than 14% in load amplitude). [less ▲]

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See detailSome conclusions from the measurements of temperatures and their gradients on eigenfrequencies of bridges
Mahowald, Jean UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL et al

Scientific Conference (2014, June 30)

The ambient air temperature and solar radiation are affecting the soil and asphalts’ stiffness and hence the eigenfrequencies of a bridge. Very often eigenfrequencies are automatically determined by ... [more ▼]

The ambient air temperature and solar radiation are affecting the soil and asphalts’ stiffness and hence the eigenfrequencies of a bridge. Very often eigenfrequencies are automatically determined by special algorithms from structural response data generated by ambient excitation and measured by permanently installed sensors that is sometimes called “output only analysis” or “operating modal analysis”. Additionally the ambient air temperature is registered and finally the eigenfrequencies are analyzed versus the air temperature. The graph is normally a scatter diagram and each point is one measurement. In general the eigenfrequencies decrease with increasing temperature, whereas often linear regression is used to determine the line of best fit. But the slope of this straight line and the width of the scatter around the regression line differ from bridge to bridge. Especially this scatter field around the mean value at a determined temperature complicates the detection of damage, which is also often based on eigenfrequencies’ reduction. Hence the difficulty among others consists in separating damage from environmental effects. [less ▲]

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See detailWie genau sind unsere Energiepässe?
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Hoos, Thorsten UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Bauphysik (2014), 1(2014), 40-43

Member States of the European Union are obliged to present a calculation method and certificate for the energy performance for buildings according to the guidelines 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU. In ... [more ▼]

Member States of the European Union are obliged to present a calculation method and certificate for the energy performance for buildings according to the guidelines 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU. In Luxembourg it is obligatory to add the real final energy consumption to the certificate after 3 years. The measured real final energy consumptions and the calculated ones were compared for 125 single-family homes and 105 multi-family homes with 870 dwellings in total. The mean calculated values for single-family homes were 74 % higher, the mean calculated values for multi-family homes 103 % higher than the actual measured data. The older the buildings, the higher the deviations, as the input parameters, which were partly assumed and partly predefined, diverge between calculations and reality. Sensitive parameters of interest are the indoor room temperature, the U-values, the used assessment for thermal bridges and the air exchange rate. [less ▲]

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See detailField Study on the Energy Consumption of School Buildings in Luxembourg
Thewes, Andreas UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Energy & Buildings (2014)

Buildings account for 40 % of total energy consumption and 35 % of the total CO2 emitted in the EU. In consequence, there is an enormous energy saving potential and the European Union requires from all EU ... [more ▼]

Buildings account for 40 % of total energy consumption and 35 % of the total CO2 emitted in the EU. In consequence, there is an enormous energy saving potential and the European Union requires from all EU member states to save energy in this sector. Hence, reducing the energy consumption of buildings represents an essential component of environmental protection efforts. Furthermore, the new European directive 2010/31/EU requires that the member states tighten national standards and draw up national plans to increase the number of “nearly zero-energy buildings”. Well-planned energy-saving strategies presume knowledge of specific characteristics of the current national building stock. Therefore, the implementation of a process to support systematic data collection, classification and analysis of the energy consumption of buildings will become increasingly important during the coming years. In the field study described below we analyzed the energy consumption of 68 school buildings in Luxembourg. A separate collation of electricity and heat energy consumptions allowed to make a detailed analysis of specific energy parameters. Clustered according to energy sources, the new buildings were analyzed from a statistical point of view. We defined the energy relevant parameters such as energy standards, the purpose of use of the buildings or whether they had canteens. [less ▲]

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See detailVOLUME FLOW UNBALANCES AND SHORTCUTS IN DECENTRALIZED AND CENTRALIZED VENTILATION UNITS – FIELD TESTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

Scientific Conference (2014)

Centralized and decentralized mechanical ventilation have become state-of-the-art in modern energy-efficient residential buildings. Calculations for the energy demand of buildings are done with nominal ... [more ▼]

Centralized and decentralized mechanical ventilation have become state-of-the-art in modern energy-efficient residential buildings. Calculations for the energy demand of buildings are done with nominal values of the ventilation units, assuming a proper function of the devices. The used ventilation concepts may be divided into two main categories- centralized and decentralized units and both come with advantages and disadvantages in terms of energy efficiency. In Luxembourg, a comprehensive field test has been performed in order to evaluate and compare their performance in practice. It could be shown that ventilation systems often do not meet the expectations. High unbalances in volume flows, high sensitivity to pressure differences and recirculation were measured in several cases. Only a proper installation and balancing of the systems can ensure an energy efficient function. [less ▲]

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See detailModern damage detection by using static assessment methods for efficient rehabilitation
Scherbaum, Frank; Mahowald, Jean; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in Proceedings (2012, September)

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See detailLightweight woodchip concrete in composite constructions
Andreas, May; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in proceedings: p.349-352 (2012, August)

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See detailEvaluation of the bridge Champangshiel by using static assessment methods
Scherbaum, Frank; Mahowald, Jean; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in KIT Scientific Publishing, No. 026a, p. 323-329 (2012, July)

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See detailPilot tests with lightweight woodchip concrete in composite slab constructions
May, Andreas; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in KIT Scientific Publishing (Ed.) No. 073a, p. 323-329 (2012, June)

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See detailWIE VIEL ENERGIE VERBRAUCHEN NEUE UNTERRICHTS- UND BÜROGEBÄUDE IN LUXEMBURG?
Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL; Thewes, Andreas UL et al

in Cahier Scientifique - Revue Technique Luxembourgeoise (2012)

In Luxemburg hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren der nationale Energieverbrauch ebenfalls verstärkt zum Gebäudesektor hin verändert. Während 1990 noch 71 % des gesamten Energieverbrauches auf den ... [more ▼]

In Luxemburg hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren der nationale Energieverbrauch ebenfalls verstärkt zum Gebäudesektor hin verändert. Während 1990 noch 71 % des gesamten Energieverbrauches auf den Industriesektor zurückzuführen waren und nur 20 % auf die Gebäude, hat sich dies bis zum Jahr 2009 deutlich verändert. Demzufolge entfallen nur noch 30 % auf den Industriesektor, 25 % auf Verkehr (nach Abzug der Treibstoffexporte) und 45 % auf den Verbrauch des Tertiären Sektors3, welcher sowohl die privaten und die öffentlichen Haushalte, als auch Dienstleistungsgebäude beinhaltet. Die Direktive 2010/31/EG2 fordert von den Mitgliedstaaten die nationalen Normen weiterhin zu verschärfen und Pläne zu erstellen, um die Anzahl an Niedrigstenergiegebäuden weiter zu erhöhen. Um die Energieströme in Gebäuden besser zu verstehen, Sparmaßnahmen zu erarbeiten und mögliche Bewertungen über das Energieeinsparpotential für Gebäude durchführen zu können, sind jedoch aussagekräftige Verbrauchsdatenanalysen notwendig, die leider oftmals noch nicht in verlässlicher Qualität vorliegen. In der Direktive wird zudem empfohlen für die Berechnung eine Unterteilung aller Gebäude in angemessene Kategorien vorzunehmen, welche von Einfamilienhäusern (EFH), über Bürogebäude und Unterrichtsgebäude bis hin zu Krankenhäuser, Hotels und Sportanlagen reicht. In einer ersten Studie der Universität Luxemburg4 wurden bereits neuere EFH in Luxemburg hinsichtlich ihres realen Energieverbrauches untersucht und ausgewertet. [less ▲]

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See detailStatic Analysis of new wall system realized by modular concrete blocks
Agaajani, Shahriar; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in proceedings: p.177-180 (2012)

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