Improving Indian beehives and beekeeping
Author(s)Abbott, Jonathan E.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Alexander H. Slocum.
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This thesis explores five beekeeping topics from a mechanical engineering perspective with findings that are relevant for both Indian and American beekeepers. First, hive weight scale mechanisms are quantitatively analyzed, yielding design improvements to improve accuracy. Second, designs of hive entrances are tested to promote traffic flow, assist ventilation, and exclude pests. Third, recommendations for Indian hive roofs and exteriors are given to keep hives cooler. Fourth, methods to bolster Indian hive standardization and manufacturing quality are suggested to promote larger, more productive colonies. Fifth, designs of hive management tools are prototyped to help encourage scientific beekeeping. This thesis concludes with further research topics and actionable improvements for Indian beehives and beekeeping.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2016.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-200).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology