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Passive Rack EIA horizontal Airflow Isolation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000189339D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Nov-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Nov-05
Document File: 6 page(s) / 462K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an apparatus that isolates airflow in a rack where edge switches are mounted in rear of the rack and servers and other devices are in the front.

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Passive Rack EIA horizontal Airflow Isolation

Disclosed is a device that isolates airflow in a rack where edge switches are mounted in rear of the rack and servers and other devices are in the front. In situations where the edge switch or other device draws air from the rear or side, the minor impedance caused by the current perforated rack doors combined with the gap between the forward and rear devices, can cause the switch or other device to draw in the hot air that builds up inside the rear of the rack, through its side or rear entry. The disclosed serves as a replacement for the current custom and unique baffles that are in use now.

The current solution is to design a unique or custom baffle or simply have development not support the configuration/scenario. The invention is a metal or plastic apparatus containing a roller, with a flat, material inside and some hook mechanism at the end and ear to mount in the space. The material should be a somewhat thick, but flexible material, so it is able to insulate and mold to the idiosyncrasies of the rack to help form a seal.

Additionally, using a material rather than a metal baffle would reduce cabling restrictions down the sides.

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Figure 1 shows a side view diagram of the problem and a brief diagram of the device in resolving the problem.

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