Does Cabinet Door Perforation Really Impact Airflow? CPI's Latest White Paper Has the Answer
October 20, 2011
If you want
the truth, the "hole" truth, and nothing but, then imagine cabinet
door perforation in a data center like a screen door on a summer
afternoon. Both reside in typically hot environments, both provide
much-needed ventilation through increased airflow, and both do a
good job at keeping the big stuff (bugs, prying hands) out.
No matter how you slice... sorry, perforate it, you
can't help but notice those little punched holes that dot cabinet
doors (screen doors, camping tents, take your pick) make a big
But do you know why cabinet door perforation is so essential to
the data center specifically? It all comes down to airflow - how
much you want, how fast, how far, and how in the world going from
an industry-standard 64 percent to 80 percent perforated cabinet
door may (or may not) change energy efficiency - even at
high-density heat loads of 30kW and above.
Let's just say the answers involve a good deal of math, a dash
of ingenuity and a whole lot of expert analysis - all brought to
you by CPI's Thermal Design Manager, Travis North, and available in
CPI's newest White Paper, "Understanding How Cabinet Perforation
Really Impacts Airflow." Get more information on downloading your copy of this eye-openingreport here.