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Data Center Cooling Rack

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099057D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 133K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a cooling rack that integrates with the upper and lower plenums of a data center. Benefits include more efficient cooling of the hardware housed within the rack.

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Data

Center

Cooling Rack

Disclosed is a method for a cooling rack that integrates with the upper and lower plenums of a data center. Benefits include more efficient cooling of the hardware housed within the rack.

Background

Currently, racks full of equipment sit on the lower plenum’s floor, and require cool air to be pushed up through the floor using perforated tiles in front of the racks. The equipment inside the racks requires fans to suck in cool air, circulate it through the equipment, and push it out the back of the racks. Hotter air pushed to the back of the racks remains there, and causes the “hot aisle/cold aisle” effect. Overall, the solution is not an efficient way to cool equipment.

General Description

The disclosed method integrates with the upper and lower plenums of a data center. The rack design ensures that there is an air tight seal with the upper and lower plenums. The upper plenum is used to move hot air away from the racks and back into the CRAC cooling units. The lower plenum is used to pump cool air from the CRAC cooling units to the hardware within the racks (see Figure 1).

Advantages

Some implementations of the disclosed structure and method provide one or more of the following advantages:

The disclosed method directs cool air in the most efficient manner to hardware housed within the racks, and effectively removes hot air from the rack.

Fig. 1

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