The Science of Honey Processing: Extraction

Sling shots use centripetal acceleration to launch a missile such as a stone. There are many applications of centripetal acceleration such as the generation of ‘artificial gravity’ on a space station, to uranium enrichment to DNA separation but also to honey extraction.

Honey Extractor
Honey is extracted by spinning the honeycomb frames at about 8-10 revolutions per second.

The honey frames are first ‘decapped’ which is a simple process of removing the wax caps from the honey comb cells. Because the cells are built by the bees at a slight elevated angle, otherwise the honey would leak out as they fill the cells, it is important to get the orientation of the frames right when being placed in the centrifuge. Once installed in the centrifuge, the lid is closed, it starts spinning. The large g-forces generated due to the centripital acceleration forces the honey out of the cells and ‘flings’ it against the walls of the centrifuge. It then drains down to the bottom where it is channeled out to a collection vessel.

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