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Title: Hydrophilic structure for condensation management on the movable mullion of a refrigerator

Abstract

A refrigerator appliance that includes a freezer compartment, a refrigeration compartment having two doors, and a mullion having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The mullion is movably coupled to, and configured to swing behind, at least one of the doors when the two doors are moved to a closed position. The exterior surface of the mullion directs condensation toward a transfer point. The exterior surface may be configured with a hydrophilic surface to direct and control the condensation. The condensation may also be directed into a receptacle or a wicking structure arranged to facilitate evaporation of the unwanted condensate.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1167029
Patent Number(s):
8,926,032
Application Number:
13/562,577
Assignee:
Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0003910
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Jul 31
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Kuehl, Steven John, Vonderhaar, John J, Wu, Guolian, and Wu, Mianxue. Hydrophilic structure for condensation management on the movable mullion of a refrigerator. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Kuehl, Steven John, Vonderhaar, John J, Wu, Guolian, & Wu, Mianxue. Hydrophilic structure for condensation management on the movable mullion of a refrigerator. United States.
Kuehl, Steven John, Vonderhaar, John J, Wu, Guolian, and Wu, Mianxue. Tue . "Hydrophilic structure for condensation management on the movable mullion of a refrigerator". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1167029.
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abstractNote = {A refrigerator appliance that includes a freezer compartment, a refrigeration compartment having two doors, and a mullion having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The mullion is movably coupled to, and configured to swing behind, at least one of the doors when the two doors are moved to a closed position. The exterior surface of the mullion directs condensation toward a transfer point. The exterior surface may be configured with a hydrophilic surface to direct and control the condensation. The condensation may also be directed into a receptacle or a wicking structure arranged to facilitate evaporation of the unwanted condensate.},
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