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Temperature monitoring and CFD analysis of data centre

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Nur HassanNur Hassan, Mohammad KhanMohammad Khan, Mohammad RasulMohammad Rasul
This paper presents a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of airflow, temperature and pressure distribution of the data centre located at CQUniversity, Rockhampton Campus, Australia. The data centre has been modelled and analyzed using CFD code ‘Fluent’ to study the effectiveness of thermal cooling within the data centre. CoolSim- software was used for designing a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows data centre components to be positioned, sized and characterized in a plan view. The CFD model based on thermal mass and energy balance principles was used to simulate the data centre for predicting the energy consumption, pressure and temperature in a data centre. The effect of various data center parameters on the temperature distribution and the flow field was investigated. The parametric and optimization techniques were used to determine the best possible layout for cooling strategies. The simulation results predict the high temperature zone within the computer rack in the data centre, and provide a detailed 3D analysis of the movement of cold air through the data centre. The results also provide the performance analysis of computer room air conditionings (CRACs) with detailed rack-by-rack inlet and exit temperatures and 3D thermal mapping of the data centre and racks highlighting trouble areas. The model developed is capable of evaluating the airflow rates and thermal loads for optimizing and designing a new or existing data centre.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Start Page

551

End Page

559

Number of Pages

9

Start Date

01/01/2012

Finish Date

01/01/2012

eISSN

1877-7058

Location

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Publisher

Elsevier

Place of Publication

Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability (IRIS);

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

BSME-ASME International Conference on Thermal Engineering