US 9,810,474 B2
Joint members for refrigerator appliance casings
Ronald Fernandez, Louisville, KY (US); Stephen Bernard Froelicher, Shepherdsville, KY (US); and Krishnamurthi Seeni, Norwood, MA (US)
Assigned to Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc., Wilmington, DE (US)
Filed by General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (US)
Filed on May 28, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/723,500.
Prior Publication US 2016/0348958 A1, Dec. 1, 2016
Int. Cl. F25D 23/06 (2006.01); A47B 47/00 (2006.01); F16B 5/00 (2006.01); F25D 23/00 (2006.01)
CPC F25D 23/006 (2013.01) [F16B 5/0028 (2013.01); F25D 23/062 (2013.01); F25D 2400/04 (2013.01); F25D 2400/40 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A refrigerator casing, comprising:
a main casing body, the main casing body comprising a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall along a lateral direction, and a top wall extending between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a casing bottom connected to the main casing body, the casing bottom comprising an upper flange extending generally along the lateral direction between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a back wall connected to the main casing body, the back wall comprising a lower flange extending generally along the lateral direction between the first sidewall and the second sidewall; and
a joint member comprising a body extending between a first end and a second end generally along the lateral direction, the joint member connected to the upper flange and the lower flange, the body comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a forward face, and an aft face, and wherein a plurality of barrier channels are defined in a linear array in the aft ace between the top surface and the bottom surface, each of the plurality of barrier channels extending generally along the lateral direction between the first end and the second end, wherein the joint member further comprises a first protrusion extending from the body at the first end and a second protrusion extending from the body at the second end, the first protrusion disposed within a first pocket defined in the casing bottom, the second protrusion disposed within a second pocket defined in the casing bottom.