Some diseases require sterilising your beehives to properly control the disease. We have recently got some tests back from irradiating the Flow™ Frames and thought I’d share them here:
Heat treatment: Flow frames can handle hot water up to 70˚c
Chemical treatment: The plastics chosen have good chemical resistance. We will be testing various chemicals to evaluate this soon.
Irradiation: We have tested the Flow frame parts with multiple doses of 15kgy Gamma rays. We load tested the irradiated parts and tested them to destruction. The results were: 1 dose had little effect. 2 doses had minimal effect. 3 doses and the plastic was significantly more brittle. We will be testing further to see if this causes any failures but at this stage we can say the Flow frames can handle being sterilised with 15kgy gamma twice.
We will aim to keep our website and forum updated with the latest test results.
For more info on disease @Rodderick has given a good summary.