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Modular Inexpensive Raised-Floor "Tile" System Assembles Quickly and Inexpensively, to Enable Convenient, Less Expensive, and Faster Server Room Setup

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237506D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 486K

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Disclosed is an inexpensive "Tile" idea which provides all the same benefits as a conventional raised-floor structure, with greatly reduced purchase cost, and very low installation costs, and installs quickly with untrained personnel.

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Conventional raised-floor structures are built in server rooms to allow plumbing, cooling air, powering, and cabling of servers beneath the raised-floor panels. These structures are costly to purchase and erect and require trained personnel for assembly and installation. Often, companies must build these server rooms from the ground up. Moving into a currently-existing space can be difficult to add a raised-floor environment. If there were an easy-to-install, cost-effective solution, companies could reuse space that is currently unused or could purchase existing structures/buildings and conveniently add a raised-floor-like environment without as much planning, materials, and time - it would be a great product offering. This invention addresses these concerns and also provides environment flexibility.

    This idea is an inexpensive "Tile" idea which provides all the same benefits as a conventional raised-floor structure, with greatly reduced purchase cost, and very low installation costs with untrained personnel. Using this system eliminates the elaborate steel structure that conventional raised-floor systems depend on. It also eliminates the costs of purchasing and contractor-installation of these structures. What is envisioned is a small pallet-like part (length, width, and height can be customized or standardized based on application) - herein referred to as a "Tile."

    With the move toward more liquid cooling, the "Tiles" can be produced with less clearance under them because less/no cooling air needs to be pumped through the space. Ideally, "Tiles" would be small and light enough for a single average person to handle them one at a time (40 pounds or less), but again could be customized or made in a set number of "standard" sizes. Material choice may vary as this product is developed, but initial thoughts are that, if the proper structure can be designed in to allow the plumbing and cabling channels underneath and still use a fiber-reinforced plastic or composite material, the "Tiles" could be injection molded, further reducing cost and probably lowering weight. If injection molded, the correct amount of conductive fill could be added to enable the "Tiles" to provide an ESD surface, without becoming dangerously electrically conductive. If liquid cooling is being used, the "Tiles" serve an additional benefit, that is to position the server racks higher off the building floor, further from any possible spilled or leaking cooling water.

    Smaller, lower, lighter, and less expensive independent "Tiles" are produced which have interlocking features on the sides. The "Tiles" could have integral legs or bases, but still provide channels in both X and Y directions for routing plumbing and cabling. Depending on the placement, location, and number of legs per tile, the overall thickness of the top surface could be reduced to much smaller than traditional raised-floor tiles. Holes for cooling air a...