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US5593401: Absorbent article with bridge flap

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Inventor(s) Paula M. Sosalla · Yong Li · Dan D. Endres ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clark Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Paul Yee ·
Primary Examiner John G. Weiss ·
Assistant Examiner Bruce E. Snow ·
Application Number US8286083
Filing date 08/03/1994
Issue date 01/14/1997
Predicted expiration date 08/03/2014
U.S. Classifications 604/385.2  · 604/385.1  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604385.1;385.2;397;390-2;386;387 ·
19 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A distinctive absorbent article has a front waistband portion, a back waistband portion and an intermediate portion which interconnects the front and back waistband portions. The article comprises a backsheet layer, and an absorbent retention portion superposed on the backsheet layer. A liquid permeable topsheet layer is superposed on the retention portion and connected to sandwich the retention portion between the topsheet and backsheet layers. A laterally extending bridge flap is configured to extend over a body-facing surface of at least one waistband portion of the article. The bridge flap has an elasticized, laterally extending, substantially fixed edge region attached to the at least one waistband portion of the article; an elasticized, laterally extending movable edge region positioned longitudinally inboard of the substantially fixed edge region; and longitudinally extending, substantially fixed side edge regions at laterally opposed side ends thereof. The bridge flap includes a selected width dimension which extends laterally between the bridge flap side edge region and a selected length dimension which extends longitudinally between the fixed and movable edge regions of the bridge flap. The bridge flap movable edge has a substantial extensibility, and has a selected elastic tension. The bridge flap movable edge is desirably arranged to bridge a substantial distance.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. An absorbent article having a front waistband portion, a back waistband portion and an intermediate portion which interconnects said front and back waistband portions, said article comprising:a backsheet layer;an absorbent retention portion superposed on said backsheet layer;a liquid permeable topsheet layer superposed on said retention portion and connected to sandwich said retention portion between said topsheet and backsheet layers;a laterally extending, elasticized bridge flap connected to extend over a body-facing surface of said article and constructed to extend laterally beyond opposed side edge regions of at least one waistband portion of said backsheet layer, said bridge flap having a laterally extending, substantially fixed edge region attached to said at least one waistband portion of said article and having a laterally extending, movable edge region positioned longitudinally inboard of said substantially fixed edge region; andan elasticized panel member directly connected to each side edge region of said at least one waistband portion of said backsheet layer and extending laterally therefrom, each said elasticized panel member having a portion thereof which is laterally outward of said waistband side edge region and is connected to said bridge flap at a bridge flap portion located laterally outward of said waistband side edge region to stretch said bridge flap when said panel members are tensioned, and having a longitudinally extending length dimension which is not less than a length dimension of said bridge flap.

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