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System cooling fan with integrated handle, latch, and security features.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236549D
Publication Date: 2014-May-02
Document File: 4 page(s) / 281K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system cooling fan that has an integrated handle that acts as a latching mechanism, pull handle, an airflow control, and a shield to prevent accidental activation of more intrusive system controls.

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System cooling fan with integrated handle, latch, and security features.

System cooling is an increasingly important part of computer systems as processors and memory modules become more powerful and generate more heat. Therefore, systems require a number of blowers and fans for cooling. Many high availability systems require these fans to be hot swappable and therefore have an integrated handle. However, in some cases, other controls may be near the fan, which need to be accessed for other tasks. In this case, separate control panels with separate covers or other security features are implemented to cover those controls.

A fan is needed that has an integrated latching handle, which is functional to the fan airflow and can hide service controls that are

critical to maintaining system function.

The novel contribution is a fan that has an integrated handle that acts as a latching mechanism, pull handle, an airflow control, and a shield to prevent accidental activation of more intrusive system controls.

The following pictures show the various features that are built into the fan handle.

Figures 1a, 1b, 1c: Fan handle being used to remove fan from system

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Figure 2: Fan in control access position, showing the controls protected by the handle

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Figure 3: Front of fan, showing grip point made from airflow inlet funnel section

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Figure 4: Side view of the fan with the handle open, showing the camming and detent latching features

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