Patent Number: 7,087,046

Title: Absorbent garment with refastenable adhesive elements engaging an elongatable body panel and methods for the use and manufacture thereof

Abstract: An absorbent garment includes a body panel comprising a liquid permeable, non-woven material. The non-woven material is elastically gathered and is elongatable between a non-elongated condition and an elongated condition in response to an application of a tensile force. Preferably, the body panel is elongatable at least 75% between the non-elongated condition and the elongated condition upon the application of the tensile force. A fastener includes an adhesive that releasably engages the elastically gathered non-woven material. The fastener is releasably disengageable from the body panel in response to an application of a disengaging shear force. Preferably, the disengaging shear force is greater than the tensile force. Methods for manufacturing and using the absorbent garment are also provided.

Inventors: Van Gompel; Paul T. (Hortonville, WI), Gross; Jacqueline A. (Neenah, WI), Huang; Yung H. (Appleton, WI)

Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 13/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018