back to article Hurrah! Urinals will soon be splash-free

Engineers have developed a new technique that could pave the way for splash-free urinals in the future. When drops of liquid hit a hard surface at a high-speed, the impact distorts the liquid’s structure and it bounces back. The rebound motion of liquid can sometimes be unpleasant or even dangerous, and can certainly result in …

  1. A K Stiles
    Coat

    rubbery things?

    Didn't someone figure this out a while ago? Which is why those perforated rubbery mats have been proliferating for years in the world's urinals?

    Still not going to do anything for the folks who fail to aim properly though...

    (icon is someone fitting one of those mats?)

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      Re: rubbery things?

      Which is why those perforated rubbery mats have been proliferating for years in the world's urinals?

      In my experience hitting one of them at just the wrong angle so you clip the edge of a hole increases the splash back rather than reducing it.

      1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

        Re: rubbery things?

        I have encountered these things in use. They seem to prevent splashing but you end up with a mountain of foam and they also tend to collect hair...

        1. A K Stiles

          Re: rubbery things?

          but why have they given them flavours?!?

          "Purple Cherry, Green Apple or Orange Tropical"

  2. Yesnomaybe

    I'm rich I tell you!!!

    Am I a boffin now? I invented the "pee at an oblique angle" decades ago!

    I should obviously have patented, but I will claim prior art on this one!!

    1. ravenviz Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: I'm rich I tell you!!!

      I prefer those small houseflies printed onto the urinals in The Netherlands

      https://www.truthorfiction.com/urinal/

  3. cray74

    And in bar restrooms everywhere...

    "Hey, Bob, this is one of them new splash-proof urinals."

    "Oh, yeah? Hold my beer and watch this."

    1. Pat Harkin

      Re: And in bar restrooms everywhere...

      These new Dyson urinals are terrible.

  4. Stephen 24
    Coffee/keyboard

    Cleaning

    Doesn't a soft surface make them much harder to clean?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cleaning

      Answer: Generally ... Yes !!!

      (Depends on the material and its ability to absorb and/or react with the urine it is covered in !!!)

      Simple answer to this problem that requires no 'Hard Science' is 'Don't use urinals.!!!'

      Luckily to date I have a 'Cast Iron' Bladder, so this solution works for me.

      For other solution see .....

      Billy Connolly --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGNMeR-BOis

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