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Method for an advanced thermal solution drip warning system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012706D
Publication Date: 2003-May-21
Document File: 6 page(s) / 346K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an advanced thermal solution (liquid cooling) drip warning system. Benefits include improved functionality, an improved production environment, and an improved maintenance environment.

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Method for an advanced thermal solution drip warning system

Disclosed is a method for an advanced thermal solution (liquid cooling) drip warning system. Benefits include improved functionality, an improved production environment, and an improved maintenance environment.

General description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is an advanced thermal solution drip warning system that signals when a cooling system leak occurs. The warning light illuminates and the tachometer reading is set to zero RPMs when moisture is present.

        � � � � � The key elements of the method include:

•        � � � � Pan that functions as a carrier/mounting plate for a pump and a liquid heat exchanger

•        � � � � Absorbent paper that functions as a wick

•        � � � � Wire that functions as a ground to the pump’s tachometer output signal

•        � � � � Gutter that channels moisture to a tube that functions as a drain to prevent fluid from spilling to the inside of the chassis

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to providing a liquid cooling drip warning system

•        � � � � Improved production environment due to indicating when a moisture problem is occurring

•        � � � � Improved maintenance environment due to providing a method for checking for the presence of moisture without shutting down the system and removing the chassis from the server rack

•        � � � � Improved maintenance environment due to providing a method for draining the fluid without spillage to the inside of the chassis

Detailed description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is a liquid-cooling drip warning system (see Figure 1). Absorbent paper sits in a shallow pan (Figure 5). The paper is preferably of a fibrous nature to quickly spread out any moisture. The carrier or shallow pan serves primarily as a carrier (mounting plate) for the pump and liquid heat exchanger (see Figure 2). The carrier is limited to a very shallow lip of approximately 1 mm, which is just enough to hold the paper...