Absorbent Article With An Elastic Waistband Having A Preferred Ratio Of Elastic To Non-elastic Materials

July 24, 2013

U.S. Patent No.: 8,257,333 B2
Inventor(s): Catherine M. Hancock-Cooke, Neenah, WI, U.S.; Mark G. Everson, Neenah, WI, U.S.; Paul J. Datta, Appleton, WI, U.S.; and John E. Kerins, Neenah, WI, U.S.
Company: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide.
Filed: 12/20/02;
Issued: 9/4/12

An absorbent article, comprising: a. a chassis, wherein said chassis includes a front waist region, a back waist region, and an intermediate region connecting said front and back waist regions and wherein said front and back waist regions define a circumference when connected; b. a substantially liquid permeable bodyside liner and a substantially liquid impermeable outer cover extending longitudinally between said front and back waist regions; c. an absorbent body between said liner and said outer cover; d. an elastomeric region in at least one of said front and back waist regions, wherein said elastomeric region extends across approximately 45% to 70% of said circumference; e. wherein said elastomeric region experiences at least approximately 25% load loss upon stretching to increase said circumference from approximately 10% to no more than 40%.