WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California, US – May 2012 – Known globally for designing innovative thermal solutions for IT infrastructure, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) continues to lead the way with its latest whitepaper, “Understanding How Cabinet Perforation Really Impacts Airflow.” CPI, a global manufacturer providing voice, data and security products, as well as service solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, releases this whitepaper to clarify an ongoing debate about how perforation on data storage cabinet doors actually affects airflow.
As heat loads and their associated energy costs continue to rise for the world’s data centers, the need to optimize cooling and airflow at the cabinet level is becoming increasingly important. While it may seem logical that increasing a door’s perforation from 64 to 80 percent is one of the easiest ways to increase airflow, there are numerous other factors to consider in solving this problem. Studies at CPI’s Research, Development and Training Center in Georgetown, Texas revealed that pressure loss (or energy loss) is not only dependent on cabinet level perforation, but the total airflow through the perforation and the overall cross-sectional area of the perforation.
Data center technology develops at a rapid pace and new discoveries are uncovered each day, which is why there is more involved with cabinet airflow than just a single number. In fact, “Understanding How Cabinet Perforation Really Impacts Airflow” revealed that for a large cross sectional area, using door perforation at 64 percent did not impact airflow and there was no loss in performance, even at extreme density loads of 30 kW and above.
For more details, download this free whitepaper at www.chatsworth.com/download-white-paper.