How Studying Computational Fluid Mechanics Can Help our Data Center

The study of Computational Fluid Mechanics is based on the study of the behavior of fluids and gases within a controlled environment, such as the one found in Data Centers.

The programs use numbers and algorithms to analyze and solve problems related to the flow of substances and gases. Using computers, the interactions of liquids and gases over projected surfaces can be simulated. Thanks to this type of studies, we are able to know, for example, how the airflow behaves when it faces elements such as the racks, the technical floor, enclosures, etc.

The use of this kind of methodologies and assessments reveals a large amount of information to technicians and engineers that helps them overcome obstacles and learn the true performance values of the facility. Some of the advantages of studying Computational Fluid Mechanics include:

  • Cost reduction. We must consider that refrigeration costs can make up to 40-60% of the total expenses generated by the Data Center.
  • Improved equipment efficiency.
  • Redesign of deficient facilities.
  • It helps resolve general issues related to the thermal behavior of the Data Center.
  • It helps improve facilities that are oversized with respect to the real necessary capacity, which translates into savings in energy and costs.
  • It helps lay out different alternatives or scenarios to compare them without the need of running tests or performing modifications on existing facilities, through theoretical calculations that offer results of high strategic value.

In sum, we can simulate airflow within a computing environment to determine the real performance of the refrigeration system and see how the efficiency of the installed equipment can be improved and/or assess new installations.

The study of Computational Fluid Mechanics is usually used in contexts such as audits of the status of the facilities and compliance or when pursuing one of the major certifications for Data Centers such as TIER, BUCSI or TÜViT.

A solution that allows IT professionals and end consumers to assess the status of the facilities