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A Method and System for Concurrently Replacing Hardware Using a Water Cooling System Bypass Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241003D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 174K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for concurrently replacing hardware using a water cooling system bypass tool.

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A Method and System for Concurrently Replacing Hardware Using a Water Cooling System Bypass Tool

Generally, quality issues or manufacturing issues occur during the life of water-cooled mainframes. Due to unforeseen quality issues or manufacturing issues, managing client expectations, thermal performance and product reliability in today's water-cooled mainframes can be challenging. In some instances, the challenges can result in shutdown of the water-cooled mainframe. The shutdown of the water-cooled mainframe is critical to a client's business and can potentially be crippling the client's business. The shutdown of the water-cooled mainframe is due to the result of leaking or defective water-cooling hardware. The water-cooling hardware is considered non-concurrent replacements or hardware that is not considered to be eligible for integrated sparing methodology.

Disclosed is a method and system for concurrently replacing hardware using a water cooling system bypass tool. The concurrent replacement of hardware was originally deemed as non-concurrent replacements. By using the water cooling system bypass tool, items such as the radiator assembly can be removed without shutting down the

water-cooled mainframe and still maintaining thermal performance of the water-cooled mainframe during the replacement.

In accordance with the method and system, the water cooling bypass tool is used to generate chilled water flow through the water-cooled mainframe while replacing components in the water-cooled mainframe that were originally deem non-concurrent replacements. Therefore, the method and system allows a client to continue operating the water-cooled mainframe without having to shutdown in order to perform the maintenance.

In an implementation of the method and system, a Fill and Drain tool (FDT) is filled with a cooling fluid. The cooling fluid is similar to the fluid found in the water-cooled mainframe which is to be repaired. The FDT is connected to a heat exchanger mounted on the frame in front of blower(s) in the water-cooled mainframe. The blower(s) speed needs to...