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CFD Aids Data Center Cooling Design
Posted Tue April 06, 2010 @08:58AM
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Application As companies continue to squeeze capital budgets in the post-recession economy, data center managers find themselves challenged to support more densely packed, heat-intensive equipment in a space that was never designed to accommodate the resulting thermal load.

Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, has emerged as an increasingly helpful tool for planning and analysis.

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Describing CFD as “a decision support and modeling tool that allows you to understand the implications of decisions you make about design in the data center,” Paul Bemis, president and CEO of Applied Math Modeling (, says it leap-frogs other planning tools and processes traditionally used to lay out the data center and build an evolutionary roadmap.

“If you take a look at these other methods, such as monitoring measurement and temperature measurement, they’re not predictive,” says Bemis. “They’re historical and forensic. They look at the cause in retrospect, but they don’t allow you to understand the future or predict what’s going to happen under a certain condition.”

CFD, on the other hand, “allows you to mathematically and with a high degree of certainty predict the future and predict the outcome of a set of decisions that you make or conditions that occur,” says Bemis.

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