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US5269775: Trisection topsheets for disposable absorbent articles and disposable absorbent articles having such trisection topsheets

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Inventor(s) Mary E. Freeland · Patrick J. Allen ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Larry L. Huston ·
Primary Examiner Randall L. Green ·
Assistant Examiner Rob Clarke ·
Application Number US7897689
Filing date 06/12/1992
Issue date 12/14/1993
Predicted expiration date 06/12/2012
U.S. Classifications 604/385.2  · 604/385.1  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604358;385.2;385.1 ·
3 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A topsheet for use in a disposable absorbent article. The topsheet is divided into three trisections disposed in a particular arrangement along the longitudinal axis of the disposable absorbent article. The front trisection has no elastic extensibility. The central trisection has elastic extensibility in the transverse direction. The rear trisection has elastic extensibility in the longitudinal direction. If desired, the topsheet may be further provided with an aperture for communicating fecal material through the topsheet into a void space in the disposable absorbent article. An exemplary disposable absorbent article is also included in the disclosure.

Independent Claims | See all claims (3)

  1. 1. A topsheet for use in a disposable absorbent article having a front waist margin, a rear waist margin, and a longitudinal axis, said topsheet comprising:a front trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said front waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said front trisection being generally inelastic;a rear trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said rear waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said rear waist margin being longitudinally elastically extensible; anda central trisection intermediate said front trisection and said rear trisection, at least a portion of said central trisection being transversely elastically extensible, said central trisection being generally H-shaped whereby said central trisection longitudinally extends into at least one of said front trisection and said rear trisection.
  2. 2. A topsheet for use in a disposable absorbent article having a front waist margin, a rear waist margin, and a longitudinal axis, said topsheet comprising:a front trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said front waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said front trisection being generally inelastic;a rear trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said rear waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said rear waist margin being longitudinally elastically extensible; anda central trisection intermediate said front trisection and said rear trisection, said central trisection being transversely elastically extensible, said central trisection longitudinally extending into at least one of said front trisection and said rear trisection,wherein said topsheet is unapertured and creates a pocket in said rear trisection for the receipt of fecal material.
  3. 3.3. A topsheet for use in a disposable absorbent article having a front waist margin, a rear waist margin, and a longitudinal axis, said topsheet comprising:a front trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said front waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said front trisection being generally inelastic;a rear trisection adapted to be juxtaposed with said rear waist margin of said disposable absorbent article, said rear waist margin being longitudinally elastically extensible; anda central trisection intermediate said front trisection and said rear trisection, said central trisection being transversely elastically extensible, said rear trisection and said central trisection comprising linear elastic strands,said topsheet further comprising curvilinear borders between said trisections.

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Foreign Patent Documents

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WO20WO9207533May 1992
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