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Can a Data Center Heat-Flow Model be Scaled Down?

Heshan Fernando, Jayantha Siriwardana, Saman Halgamuge

2012 IEEE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION AND AUTOMATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY (ICIAFS2012) | IEEE | Published : 2012

Abstract

Data centers require vast amounts of energy for keeping the servers cool at optimal operating temperatures. Recent research has focused on improving the cooling efficiency, and thereby lowering the energy consumption, through different rack arrangements and modifying the air-flow patterns. Thus far, this has been done using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models as access to a real data centers is often restricted. The next step in this research is to build a physical model for testing purposes. The viability of building a scaled model of an actual data center is investigated using the scale modeling theory for airflow experiments. A full-scale prototype and a half-scale model are created..

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The Authors would like to acknowledge the support of TRIGEN project (2011/2012), an interdisciplinary seed funding grant by Melbourne Energy Institute of The University of Melbourne for this research.