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honeycomb

1. a waxy structure, constructed by bees in a hive, that consists of adjacent hexagonal cells in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and larvae develop
2. Zoology another name for reticulum

Honeycomb

Any hexagonal structure or pattern, or one resembling such a structure or pattern.

Honeycomb

 

a wax structure built by honeybees for nesting, sheltering their brood, and storing food (honey and beebread). A honeycomb consists of hexagonal prismatic cells arranged on both sides of a common partition, which may be artificial. Four different types of cells are distinguished: worker bee cells, drone cells, transition cells, and queen cells. A honeycomb in a standard hive frame consists of 140–150 g of wax. About 13 mg of wax are used to construct a worker bee cell, and about 30 mg are needed for a drone cell. The size of a honeycomb depends on the shape and size of a hive frame; the honeycombs are arranged vertically in the hive. Honeycombs in standard frames may contain as much as 4 kg of honey. The honeycomb is the most perfect structure built by insects.

honeycomb

[′hən·ē‚kōm]
(invertebrate zoology)
A mass of wax cells in the form of hexagonal prisms constructed by honeybees for their brood and honey.

honeycomb

honeycomb, 1
1. Any hexagonal structure or pattern, or one resembling such a structure or pattern.
2. Voids left in concrete owing to failure of the mortar to fill effectively the spaces among coarse aggregate particles.
3. A type of flaw in metal caused by corrosion or imperfect casting.

honeycomb

honeycomb
A low-density structural technique and material based on a hexagon-cell honeycomb sandwiched between two sheets that are too thin to be stable alone. A honeycomb can be made from aluminum foil, fiberglass, or paper. Such a structure has practically no strength against side loads, but it has exceptional strength against loads applied in line with its openings.
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Our results for the directional effect (y direction) of the core material on the load-bearing ability of sandwich panels with different core types also confirmed those of Petras and Sutcliffe (1999) for Nomex honeycomb sandwich panels withl3-mm cell size.
The use of sandwich structure consisted of thick honeycomb core and thin laminated composite facesheets is prevailed in safety important objects such as aircrafts, transport means, vessels and pipes due not only to the various advantages in terms of stiffness, stability and weight savings, but the good energy absorption under impact, also, because the risk of some impact damage is unavoidable for these objects.
According to a report in Discovery News, the small helicopter, donated by the US Army for NASA's research program, survived a 35-foot plunge to the ground intact, thanks to a lightweight honeycomb structure that bore the brunt of the impact.
EconCore"), a Leuven (in Belgium) Catholic University-launched spin-off venture, which successfully developed the world's first technologies for continuous production of honeycomb core materials for sandwich structures.
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NGK Insulators said it will set up a local subsidiary in January and build a plant capable of making six million ceramic honeycombs a year in the suburbs of Cape Town.
In the 19th century, Charles Darwin described the honeycomb as a masterpiece of engineering that is "absolutely perfect in economising labour and wax.
Protection of the fragile honeycomb core material in hollow-core panels has long been a subject of interest for the manufacturers because it is necessary to seal the panel edges to prevent damage.
Honeycomb shades are called the energy-efficient window covering, because of the cellular construction.
However, an explicit map from Hermitian triples (M, N, L) to a hive was not established, though by studying special cases it seemed likely that under any such map, Hermitian triples composed of simultaneous direct sums of blocks should correspond to the overlay of their associated honeycombs.
Louis Benjamin, Pye's later chairman, rechristened the group The Honeycombs, a pun on the drummer's name and her job as a hairdresser''s assistant.