Aline Technology

Aisle Containment

Saving Energy

Data center containment strategies are now widely regarded as the starting point for energy efficiency best practice in the server room. Each unique server room will require a unique Aisle Containment solution. Some environments will benefit more from hot aisle containment, while others may be limited to cold aisle containment due to physical constraints. 

 

Thermopath Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Systems

Thermopath Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Systems is an effective airflow management tool for implementing containment strategies in the Datacenters and Server Rooms.

• Drop-Away Panels for horizontal use below sprinkler heads                • Swing Doors

• Standard Panels for vertical use                                                      • Soft-wall Curtains   

• Sliding Aisle End Doors                                                                   • Rigid Ceiling Suspended Panels

PAK01   PAK02

Hot –Cold aisle containment is the practice of sealing a data center’s hot aisle and/or cold aisle to better control airflow and prevent the mixing of hot and cold air. Such mixing wastes cooling energy.

Both hot and cold air containment can significantly improve the efficiency of data center cooling systems. While both approaches eliminate the mixing of hot and cold air, there are practical differences in implementation that have significant consequences.

Data center hot-aisle cold-aisle containment can better control where hot and cold air goes so that a data center’s cooling system runs more efficiently. But there are several considerations and various questions that data center managers should ask themselves:

• Is containment right for my data center?

• Which solution suits my data center hot aisle or cold aisle?

• What else do I need to do before I install a containment solution?

• Are there other issues that may arise from a containment solution?

• How do I measure whether containment has actually worked for my data center?

 

Hot Aisle Containment

The goal of hot aisle containment is to capture the hot exhaust from IT equipment and direct it to the CRAC or CRAH units as quickly as possible. Mainly two types of systems achieve containment: the “room”or the “chimney”. Similar to cold aisle containment, the “room” method seeks to separate the hot aisle with barriers made from curtains, or metal enclosures. The “chimney” method uses special server racks with chimneys to direct hot exhaust into the return air system or overhead plenum. Hot aisle containment is an excellent option for new data center builds and those with existing hot air return ducts or over-ceiling plenum space.  

hot aisle containment

 

Hot Aisle Containment

 

 

 
 Hot Aisle Containment : 
 • Good for new data centers and environments with
    existing hot air return systems. 
 • Density supported dependent on overall server
    room environment. 

Cold Aisle Containment

Cold aisle containment attempts to isolate the cold air in a “room” of its own. By using containment curtains, metal, or other similar barrier, the cooling air is concentrated at the equipment intake. The cold air must pass through the server racks, cooling the equipment, before entering the rest of the room. The focus of cold aisle containment is to cool the IT equipment, not the whole room, with targeted cooling at the equipment inlet. Cold Aisle containment can be a cost effective approach for older data centers with open-room hot air return schemes. Be sure to consider the cooling needs of non-contained IT equipment and airflow dynamics of the raised floor system. As with hot-aisle containment, be sure to consult local fire and building codes to determine proper fire suppression needs to avoid costly fines and voiding of insurance policies.

 

cold aisle containment

 

  Cold Aisle Containment :
  • Good for existing data centers without
     hot air return.
  • Focuses on cooling IT equipment not
     entire room.
  • Density supported dependent on
     overall server room environment.

 

Lightweight Panels and Curtains

Thermopath™ Containment Systems are highly effective air isolation solutions for controlling airflow in the data center. The systems are comprised of soft-wall curtains and rigid panels. Containment Curtains are a highly effective air isolation solution for controlling airflow in the data center. Made of high grade vinyl and installed with Thermopath's trouble-free mounting system, Thermopath™ Containment Curtains eliminate hot spots and overcooled zones, saving energy while improving equipment reliability. Thermopath™ Containment Curtains accommodate any data center configuration, are easy to install, and flexible to redeploy. 
• Easily attached with Thermopath's own P-Clip for T-bar ceiling grids. 
• Transparent vinyl allows light to pass for better visibility in rows. 
• Hook bead mounting system makes installation fast at low cost. 
• Strip curtains are Static Dissipating Anti-Static Vinyl. 
• Vinyl is fire-retardant and has a ASTM E84 Class A rating. 
• Fuse links, which let the curtains drop during a fire, are available in approved jurisdictions. 

Light Weight Aisle Containment

 

thermopath containment curtains

 

  Aisle Containment Curtains offer many benefits:
  • Increased energy efficiency and performance
    capability of climate control.
  • Superior output density is facilitated, thanks to
    guaranteed cold air supply. 
  • Easily installed and retrofitted. 
  • An inexpensive way to boost the performance of your
    existing plant, lengthening the investment cycle until a
    replacement needs to be purchased.

 

Thermopath™ Containment Panels are an attractive containment solution for isolating above and around the racks. They are typically deployed vertically to create an attractive, modular containment barrier. Made of anodized aluminum framing and fire-safe inserts Containment Panels are lightweight, cost effective and attractive looking. Panels are supported with a tight fitting bracket so that they can be either secured to the rack tops or to the floor. A movable, self standing panel is available in custom heights and widths. Standard panels are also available as containment stalls used to isolate racks. For use below sprinkler heads Drop-Away Panels solve the “sprinkler head obstruction” problem associated with deploying containment. This unique hot and cold Aisle Containment Solution is deployed horizontally across the aisles to create a tight containment barrier. The panels are made of an aluminum frame with a special translucent insert. Panel inserts are heat sensitive and promptly move out of their setting in high heat. They are designed for use underneath lighting and fire suppression systems and are engineered to drop out of a panel frame in the event of a fire.

 

thermopath containment panels horizontally deployed

 

  Solutions for All Ceiling Types Curtains and panels
  can
be deployed in a variety of ceiling types.
  • For dropped ceilings, curtains are suspended from the
    grid system with an aluminum mounting track.
    The track easily attaches with T-bar brackets, making
    installation of curtains and strips simple and quick.
  • In open ceiling the existing structure or additional
    unistrut framing is used for securing curtains or
    panels.
  • In tall ceilings panels secured to and supported by the
    racks is an easy to deploy option.

 

Containment Doors

Available as sliding or hinged doors. A choice of window panels in clear, tinted, frosted or soild 6mm toughened glass. Hinged doors are available in double and single door configurations with custom left and right door sizes. The toughened glass doors provide the ability to install common access control systems and are fitted with auto closers on both swing and sliding models. 

Containment Doors   Aisle Containment Door Closers

Light Weight Containment solutions   Aisle containment Sliding Doors

 

Please contact our sales team on + 64 9 579 4799 or e-mail us service@aline.co.nz regarding Aisle Containment queries.