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Wednesday, 27 May

Seminar 13:15 Wednesday

13:15 Wednesday - Liquid cool aspects of data centre cooling technology

The challenges of removing heat from data centres and the need to reduce cooling infrastructure overhead is giving liquids a new lease of life. Four classifications of liquid cooling will be described including: phase change (evaporative) cooling, indirect liquid cooling, direct liquid cooling and total liquid cooling (breaking the barriers between facilities and IT).

Data centre cooling is going back to its physics roots and adopting solutions that remove the need for mechanical cooling all together, i.e. latent heat of vaporisation and liquid as a heat transfer medium. As the industry becomes hooked on PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), the requirement of efficient removal of heat becomes more important. Researchers in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds have been working with all varieties of liquid cooling solutions in the laboratory not merely for their improved heat transfer capabilities, but for the additional opportunities that the technology may offer.

Article written by Robin Snow

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