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Improving Rack Cooling Performance Using Airflow Managementâ„¢ Blanking Panels


IT equipment mounted in racks cools itself by drawing ambient air from the data center or network room. If the heated exhaust air is allowed to return to the air inlet of the equipment, an undesirable overheating condition may occur. Data centers and network rooms should be designed to prevent equipment from drawing heated air, and this can be accomplished by widely used installation practices, or by using systems that are pre-engineered.


This paper explains how this problem occurs, provides actual examples of the effect, and shows that this problem significantly compromises the cooling of equipment when it occurs. The benefit of using airflow management blanking panels to reduce the problem is explained and quantified.


Neil Rasmussen Founder and the Chief Technical Officer, American Power Conversion Neil Rasmussen is a founder and the Chief Technical Officer of American Power Conversion. At APC, Neil directs the world’s largest R&D budget devoted to Power, Cooling, and Rack infrastructure for critical networks, with principal product development centers in Massachusetts, Missouri, Denmark, Rhode Island, Taiwan, and Ireland. Neil is currently leading the effort at APC to develop modular scalable data center solutions.
Schneider Electric
29 Apr 2009
20 Nov 2008
11 Page(s)
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