Patent #: 6,717,028
Inventor(s): Gregory Allen Oberstadt
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide
1. A bonded composite, comprising: (a) as a first thin-section element, a first layer of thin-section sheet material; and (b) a second thin-section element bonded to the first thin-section element by bonds defining a tear-resistant bond pattern, the tear-resistant bond pattern having a length represented by first and second ends, and a width represented by first and second side edges of the bond pattern, the bond pattern forming an array of separate, and longitudinally spaced, interlocking arcuate bond elements affixing the first and second thin-section elements to each other, each such bond element, away from the first and second ends, operating as a leading bond element with respect to the bond element next disposed toward the second end, and operating as a trailing bond element with respect to the bond element next disposed toward the first end, each such bond element, away from the first and second ends, having corresnonding leading and trailing ends, wherein the bond elements interlock by the trailing end of a leading bond element trailing the a leading end of the respective trailing bond element, each bond element further having spaced first and second end portions corresponding to the leading and trailing ends, and an arcuate intermediate portion between the first and second end portions, at least portions of the arcuate intermediate portions of selected ones of the bond elements being disposed toward the respective first and second side edges of the bond pattern, and all of the ends of the respective bond elements being disposed inwardly of the side edges.
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