Absorbent Article Having A Multi-dimensionally Contoured Barrier Cuff

May 8, 2013

U.S. Patent No: 8,246,596 B2 

Inventor(s): Michael Dale Trennepohl, Green Township, OH, U.S.

Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinanti, OH, U.S.

Filed: 1/4/10

Issued: 8/21/12

An absorbent article having a body-facing surface, garment-facing surface, a front waist region, a rear waist region, and a crotch region between the front and rear waist regions, said absorbent article comprising: a) a chassis, said chassis comprising a backsheet, a liquid permeable topsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between said backsheet and said topsheet, wherein said absorbent core has opposing longitudinal edges; and b) a pair of longitudinally disposed barrier cuffs each comprising a barrier zone, an attachment zone, and a transition edge separating the barrier zone and attachment zone, wherein said barrier cuff is joined to the chassis within the attachment zone and wherein said barrier zone comprises a longitudinally extending elastic member joined to a barrier member such that said elastic member lifts said barrier zone away from the body-facing surface of the absorbent article during wear of the absorbent article, wherein each of said pair of barrier cuffs is formed at least in part of a layer of material that is partially disposed between said absorbent core and said backsheetwherein said barrier cuffs exhibit a cuff height at a given cross-section through a crotch point and an end region, andwherein said absorbent article exhibits a cuff height ratio, defined as a cuff height as measured at the crotch point divided by a minimum cuff height as measured in the end region, of greater than 1.

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