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Hydrophilic structures for condensation management in appliances

United States Patent

February 2, 2016
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An appliance that includes a cabinet having an exterior surface; a refrigeration compartment located within the cabinet; and a hydrophilic structure disposed on the exterior surface. The hydrophilic structure is configured to spread condensation. The appliance further includes a wicking structure located in proximity to the hydrophilic structure, and the wicking structure is configured to receive the condensation.
Kuehl; Steven John (Stevensville, MI), Vonderhaar; John J. (St. Joseph, MI), Wu; Guolian (St. Joseph, MI), Wu; Mianxue (St. Joseh, MI)
Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
14/ 493,399
September 23, 2014
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.