CFD modeling allows visualization of temperatures throughout the data center. However, to sort out the cooling effectiveness of different design options can be challenging. By using the same CFD technology, the rack intake temperatures can be established. These temperatures provide a picture of the thermal environment but there is no yardstick for interpreting the conditions. The Rack Cooling Index (RCI) has the capacity to change this state of affairs. The RCI is a measure of how effectively equipment is cooled and maintained within industry thermal guidelines. This presentation demonstrates how Flovent modeling and the RCI can enhance the data center design work (consultants) or serve as a design specification (owners/operators).

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