Freestream Behavior of Water in Microgravity

Or, who doesn’t want to pee more comfortably in space?

Fluid Dynamics Research to Make Peeing in Space More Comfortable and Sanitary (w/ video)

The mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering mimicked the behavior of streams of human urine in zero gravity in order to collect the data necessary to make better space urinals for both women and men.

This project was one of 20 proposals selected by NASA’s Microgravity University. It will continue into 2010 as the students begin…

building urine collection prototypes that are both comfortable and sanitary when used in space. With knowledge of how and when urine-like streams of water break up in space, the students will have insights into the best points in space to collect streams of urine in zero gravity.

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