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

United States Patent

January 6, 2015
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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.
Kuehl; Steven John (Stevensville, MI), Vonderhaar; John J. (St. Joseph, MI), Wu; Guolian (St. Joseph, MI), Wu; Mianxue (St. Joseph, MI)
Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
13/ 562,577
July 31, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Award No. DE-EE0003910, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.