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Removable Airflow Baffles for Slotted Bezels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110612D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barina, RM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a baffle, configured for removable attachment inwardly adjacent to slots in a bezel, providing for variations in the airflow pattern of a system to compensate for changes in the hardware configuration within the system.

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Removable Airflow Baffles for Slotted Bezels

       Disclosed is a baffle, configured for removable
attachment inwardly adjacent to slots in a bezel, providing for
variations in the airflow pattern of a system to compensate for
changes in the hardware configuration within the system.

      A computer system has a number of device bays in which
peripheral devices, such as storage devices with magnetic media, may
be mounted.  When a device bay extends to an exterior surface of the
system, it is typically covered with a bezel having a shape
corresponding to the dimensions of the bay.  For example, a system
may have one or more 5_-inch device bezels 10, as shown in Fig. 1,
and one or more 3_-inch device bezels 12, as shown in Fig. 2.  Each
type of bezel is removably mountable in a machine cover or framework
assembly by means of tabs 14, forming a pivot at an end of the bezel,
and by means of inward-extending flexible tabs 16 forming a latch at
the opposite end.

      An individual bay in a system may be empty, or it may be filled
with one of many different kinds of devices.  Each bezel 10 or 12
includes a number of through-extending slots 18, which may be used,
along with a remotely mounted fan, to provide a flow of cooling air
past such a device.

      Baffles 20 and 22 are snapped into place to extend along the
interior surfaces of bezels 10 and 12, respectively, partially or
totally blocking the flow of air through adjacent slots 18.  Each
baffle 20...