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1. (WO1991008717) ABSORBENT PANEL STRUCTURE
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What Is Claimed Is:
1. An absorbent panel structure, comprising:
an absorbing layer comprised of a substantially high loft, inherently resilient fibrous web containing at least about 400 percent dry basis weight of superabsorbent material to the dry basis weight of the fibers distributed therein, said fibrous web being maintained in a compressed state by said superabsorbent material such that upon wetting of said superabosrbent material said fibrous web expands from its compressed state due to the inherent resilience of said fibrous web to facilitate swelling of said superabsorbent material;
at least one wicking layer of densified hydrophilic fiber particles, said at least one wicking layer being coextensive with at least a portion of a respective expansive surface of said fibrous web to promote liquid transport within said absorbing layer; and
said absorbent panel having an average Taber stiffness value in the machine direction of less than about 7 and an absorptive capacity of at least about 300 ml.

2. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 1 wherein said absorbent panel has a panel weight of at least about 21 grams.

3. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein said absorbent panel has a basis weight less than about 17.0 oz/yd2.

4. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein said absorbent panel has a basis weight from about 12.0 oz/yd2 to about 17.0 oz/yd2.

5. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein the dry basis weight of the superabsorbent material distributed in said absorbing layer is from about 600 percent to about 1000 percent of the dry basis weight of said fibrous web.

6. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim *2 has a surface area from about 62 in2 to about 92 in .

7. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein -said at least one wicking layer has a basis weight from about 5.0 oz/yd2 to about 10.0 oz/yd2.

8. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein said absorbent panel structure is microcorrugated.

9. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 2 wherein said absorbent panel structure is perf-embossed.

10. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 8 wherein said absorbent panel structure has a moisture content as made of less than about 6.0 percent.

11. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 1 has a panel' weight from about 21 grams to about 40 grams.

12. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 1 has a panel weight from about 28 grams to about 38 grams.

13. The absorbent panel structure as defined in claim 11 has a basis weight from about 14.0 oz/yd2 to about 17.0 oz/yd2.

14. An absorbent panel structure, comprising:
an absorbing layer comprised of a substantially high loft, inherently resilient fibrous web containing about 750 percent dry basis weight of superabsorbent material to the dry basis weight of the fibers distributed therein, said fibrous web being maintained in a compressed state by said superabsorbent material such that upon wetting of said superabsorbent material said fibrous web expands from its compressed state due to the inherent resilience of said fibrous web to facilitate swelling of said superabsorbent material;
wicking layers of densified hydrophilic fiber particles positioned substantially coextensive with at least a portion of each of the respective expansive surfaces of said absorbing layer to promote liquid transport within said absorbing layer, said wicking layers having a combined basis weight of about 8.0 oz/yd2; and
said absorbent panel having a panel weight of about 32 grams, an average Taber stiffness value in the machine direction of less than about 7 and an absorptive capacity of at least about 400 ml.

15. A disposable diaper including an absorbent panel positioned'between a substantially liquid impervious backing sheet and a relatively liquid pervious facing sheet, said absorbent panel comprising:
an absorbing layer comprised of a substantially high loft, inherently resilient fibrous web containing about 400 percent to about 1200 percent dry basis weight of superabsorbent material to the dry basis weight of the fibers distributed therein, said fibrous web being maintained in a compressed state by said superabsorbent material such that upon wetting of said superabsorbent material said fibrous web expands from its compressed state due to the inherent resilience of said fibrous web to facilitate swelling of said superabsorbent material ;
at least one wicking layer of densified hydrophilic fiber particles, said at least one wicking layer being coextensive with at least a portion of a respective expansive surface of said fibrous web to promote liquid transport within said absorbing layer;
said absorbent panel having a panel weight of at least about 21 grams, an average Taber stiffness value in the machine direction of less than about 7 and an absorptive capacity of at least about 300 ml.

16. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 15 wherein said absorbent panel has a basis weight from about 12.0 oz/yd2 to about 17.0 oz/yd2.

17. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 16 wherein the dry basis weight of the superabsorbent material distributed in said absorbing layer is from about 600 percent to about 1000 percent of the dry basis weight of said fibrous web.

18. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 17 wherein said absorbent panel has a surface area from about 62 in2 to about 92 in2.

19. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 18 wherein said absorbent panel is microcorrugated and perf-embossed.

20. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 18 wherein said at least one wicking layer includes a wicking layer positioned substantially coextensive with at least a portion of each of the respective xpansive surfaces of said absorbing layer.

21. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 20 wherein said wicking layers have a combined basis weight of about 8.0 oz/yd2.

22. The disposable diaper as defined in claim 15 wherein said absorbent panel has a weight from about 28 grams to about 38 grams.

23. The disposable diaper as defined in claim

20 wherein the basis weight of each of the wicking layers is substantially the same.