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Hydrophilic structures for condensation management in refrigerator appliances

United States Patent

October 21, 2014
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A refrigerator appliance that includes a freezer compartment having a freezer compartment door, and a refrigeration compartment having at least one refrigeration compartment door. The appliance further includes a mullion with an exterior surface. The mullion divides the compartments and the exterior surface directs condensation toward a transfer point. The appliance may also include a cabinet that houses the compartments and has two sides, each with an exterior surface. Further, at least one exterior surface directs condensation toward a transfer point.
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/ 562,628
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.