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Rack Enclosures – A Crucial Link in Airflow Management in Data Centers

ASHRAE Journal, August 2009

Author:

Kishor Khankari

Abstract:

Rack enclosures are a crucial link between data center air handling units and servers. Design of rack enclosures can impact the fan performance, and therefore, cooling performance of servers. Careful consideration should be given before selecting the rack enclosures for a certain data center. Just following the best practices for the design and layout of data centers is not enough to obtain the optimum cooling performance. This article illustrates the importance of rack enclosure design and airflow management within the rack enclosures.

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    About the author

    Dr. Kishor Khankari

    ASHRAE Fellow, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

    Dr Kishor Khankari is the founder of AnSight LLC. As a specialist in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), his passion for solving engineering problems and providing sound scientific solutions has led to innovations and optimized designs in the industry.

    A noted expert in his field, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has published in several technical journals and trade magazines. As a well sought-after speaker Dr. Khankari makes regular presentations in various technical conferences and professional meetings worldwide.

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