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Method for an electronics cooling dock with multi-dimensional tolerance absorption

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012716D
Publication Date: 2003-May-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 209K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an electronics cooling dock with multi-dimensional tolerance absorption. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for an electronics cooling dock with multi-dimensional tolerance absorption

Disclosed is a method for an electronics cooling dock with multi-dimensional tolerance absorption. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

        � � � � � No conventional docking thermal interfaces exist in electronics cooling that do not exchange cooling media. Conventional cooling dock concepts do not adjust for tolerances and do not provide a means for coolant tubing management.

Description

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        � � � � � The disclosed method provides a cold plate mounted on tolerance-absorbing structures. The cold plate is mounted in a receptacle (dock) for the cooling system mounted in a fast-swappable piece of electronics equipment, such as a dockable high-density server (see Figure 1).

        � � � � � The cold plate is chilled by means of active cooling connections to a chilled liquid system. This system can be whatever best suits the consumer’s requirements. The disclosed method is the cooling dock mechanism. The cold plate is mounted on hinged extension arms so that it can absorb the x, y, z, and rotational tolerances of the component docking to it.

        � � � � � The hinged extension arms of the mechanism are controlled by springs mounted inside the dock’s frame (see Figures 2 and 3). These springs provide two functions. One is to absorb tolerances in the direction of electronics equipment insertion. In the case of a dockable server, holding racks can vary by as much as 0.5 inches in this direction, so the rack must adjust to a considerable amount of tolerance. The second function these springs provide is to supply sufficient contact pressure between the cold plate and the docking component.

        � � � � � The mechanism provides a sliding tray to man...