Disposable Absorbent Article Having Hydrophobic Topsheet and Improved Liquid Handling Performance
March 16, 2004
A patent has been assigned for a disposable absorbent article that has a transverse centerline, a first region, a second region, a front region and a rear region. The front region is positioned forward of the transverse centerline, with the front region coming into contact with the front waist of the wearer during use. The back region is positioned behind the transverse centerline, and the back region joins with the back waist of the wearer during use. The disposable absorbent article is comprised of a liquid pervious, fibrous, structured carrier, a liquid impervious backsheet that is at least partially peripherally joined to the structured carrier and a liquid storage structure positioned intermediate to the structured carrier and the backsheet. A liquid handling structure is positioned intermediate to the structured carrier and the liquid storage structure. A portion of the liquid handling structure is positioned in the first region, a portion of the liquid handling structure is positioned in the second region and the structured carrier has a liquid retention of less than 150 mg for a test liquid having a surface tension of 33 mN/m. The liquid handling structure has a basis weight to uncompressed calliper ratio of less than 100 grams per square meter per millimeter.