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Modular Sub-Raised Floor Computer Room Water Conditioning Unit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031036D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a Modular Sub-Raised Floor Computer Room Water Conditioning unit (SFCRWC) incorporating all of the functional components of a typical computer room water conditioning device with the exception of a reservoir. The SFCRWC occupies the space under a floor tile in a standard raised floor data center. This requires that the reservoir/expansion tank be located in the electronics rack at the highest point in the electronics cooling arrangement. This invention provides more usable floor space where computer room water conditioning unit (CRWC) or coolant distribution unit (CDU) would otherwise reside.

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Modular Sub-Raised Floor Computer Room Water Conditioning Unit

As shown in Figure 1, the SFCRWC frees data center floor space otherwise occupied by a CRWC or CDU. In this configuration, the top of the SFCRWC acts as a conventional floor tile, providing floor space for service personnel, electronics racks, or other necessary data center equipment.

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         Figure 2 shows the top-down view of the SFCRWC. Note that the SFCRWC cover acts as a conventional floor tile and can be removed in the same manner as a standard tile. Access to the building chilled water and conditioned water connections is achieved by removing the cover tile. Figure 3 shows the functional components of the SFCRWC (viewed from below), which are mounted on a plate resting on the raised floor framework. These components include a pump, control card, valve, heat exchanger, and quick connects as found in a conventional CRWC.

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