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Why is the New Bottom Panel Accessory Important to CPI Passive Cooling Solutions?

August 25, 2009

The Bottom Panel, one of the new accessories for the next generation F-Series TeraFrame™ Cabinet System, blocks airflow into and out of the bottom of the cabinet. It features a brush sealed cable access port near the rear of the panel which eliminates bypass airflow around cables entering or exiting the cabinet.

Bill Watts, CPI’s Senior Data Center Architect explains the benefit of this new product.

TeraFrame Bottom PanelThe bottom panel is the final step in isolating hot and cold airstreams. The F-Series TeraFrame Cabinet is a completely enclosed cabinet that isolates hot exhaust air and directs it into the return ceiling plenum. However, if the cabinet is on leveling feet or casters, the bottom of the cabinet is wide open. This allows two things to happen; short circuiting of cold room air, and mixing of hot and cold airstreams depleting overall cooling capacity.

For example, a cabinet two inches above the floor would have 228 square inches of opening for airflow. A group of four cabinets would have 576 square inches of opening for airflow - equal to an opening of four square feet. That’s a lot of wasted cooling capacity and cooling efficiency.

If you are implementing CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions and are using the F-Series TeraFrame Cabinet to achieve ultimate cooling, we recommend including the Bottom Panel as part of the solution.

Configure your own cabinet with accessories using our Product Configurator. For additional help or information call 800-834-4969 or email techsupport@chatsworth.comKim Ream, Sr. eCommerce Specialist

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