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Combination Computer Card Holder and Airflow Accelerator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107449D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dewart, KL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a molded plastic accelerator with a curved surface (A) that diverts forced convection airflow, provided by a fan, into the narrow channel above several electronic modules located on the planar (E) immediately adjacent to the accelerator. Diversion of the air into the narrow channel accelerates the flow as in a nozzle, thereby enhancing cooling of the modules.

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Combination Computer Card Holder and Airflow Accelerator

      Disclosed is a molded plastic accelerator with a curved surface
(A) that diverts forced convection airflow, provided by a fan, into
the narrow channel above several electronic modules located on the
planar (E) immediately adjacent to the accelerator.  Diversion of the
air into the narrow channel accelerates the flow as in a nozzle,
thereby enhancing cooling of the modules.

      The invention performs an additional function by providing
support for eight computer cards in slots (D). The accelerator can be
pivoted on hinge (B), thereby providing planar accessibility.  The
location of hinge (B) and the angled extensions of the slots (D)
permit the accelerator to be pivoted without the necessity of
removing the cards from their planar sockets.  When the accelerator
is pivoted into its working location, the slot extensions guide the
cards into place automatically.  The accelerator is then locked in
place by the retention yoke (C) which engages a shoulder screw or
stud mounted in the machine frame.

      Disclosed anonymously.