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Absorbent articles having a unique elastic waist feature improving dynamic fit as well as containment characteristics. The elastic waist feature preferably comprises an interconnecting panel zone, a first flexural hinge zone joining the interconnecting panel zone with the containment assembly, an elasticized waistband, and a second flexural hinge zone joining the elasticized waistband with the interconnecting panel zone. The elasticized waistband comprises a shaping panel zone; a waistline panel zone; and a predisposed, resilient, waistband flexural hinge zone joining the shaping panel zone and the waistline panel zone. The waistband flexural hinge zone is predisposed to allow the panel zones to flexurally bend about a defined axis or zone is resilient to provide a restoring force/moment that returns the panel zones to their preceding in-use configuration, especially when the elasticized waistband has been pretensioned by a closure system. The closure system dynamically creates/maintains lateral tension through the elasticized waistband thereby allowing the elasticized waistband to more dynamically expand and contract with the motions of the wearer. The absorbent article additionally preferably comprises a pair of elasticized side panels disposed in the second waist region. The elasticized side panels preferably comprise a "zero strain" stretch laminate and an extension panel. The present invention also relates to alternative waist features comprising "an expansive tummy panel" elasticized waistband.

Title
Absorbent article with dynamic elastic waist feature having a predisposed resilient flexural hinge
Application Number
715152
Publication Number
5151092
Application Date
August 22, 1991
Publication Date
September 29, 1992
Inventor
Danielia T Falcone
Cincinnati
OH, US
Sandra H Clear
Maineville
OH, US
Kenneth B Buell
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Richard C Witte
Steven W Miller
Assignee
The Procter & Gamble Company
OH, US
IPC
A61F 13/20
A61F 13/15
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