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Airflow Management on the Efficiency Index of a Container Data Center Having Overhead Air Supply

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Chi-Chuan Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
ccwang@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Yeng-Yung Tsui

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
yytsui@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Cheng-Hao Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
a0920134627a@yahoo.com.tw

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038114 History: Received July 14, 2017; Revised September 24, 2017

Abstract

Effect of airflow managements on the efficiency index of a small container data center having overhead air supply is reported in this study. Seventeen arrangements and configurations regarding the airflow and blockage arrangements are experimentally examined and compared. Test results indicate an appreciable hot air recirculation occurring for rack arrangement without any blockage, and the hot spot occurs at the second rack alongside the cold aisle. The hot spot had moved to the first rack when the blockage plate is installed on the rack top. Rack locations relative to air handler casts a negligible effect on the efficiency index, and it is comparatively more effective by sealing the trailing of the cold aisle. A smaller cold-aisle spacing helps to lower the temperature distribution and an additional opening of the supplied vent will not help in removal of hot spot. Shutting off the grille in the center of cold aisle is also unable to fix the hot air re-circulation and may even incur hot air reversal. The hot air reversal can be removed by adding additional blockage plate at the flow reversal section. Higher supplied air flow rate also improves the efficiency index considerably.

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