When designing a data center, heat is a key concern. There are many heat sources that can affect data center performance, but exhaust is a source that is often overlooked. Generators and radiators produce heated exhaust that can recirculate to the air handing intakes, increasing dry-bulb temperatures and decreasing their operating efficiency. Recirculation of this heated exhaust can also trigger an automatic shutdown of the diesel generators to avoid overheating. Indoor air quality can suffer from exhaust that is brought in through the air handlers. Effluent from cooling towers can also recirculate into the air handler intakes, increasing wet-bulb temperature and decreasing their operating efficiency.
So how can you avoid these heat and air-quality risks? First you must know how the wind will affect the exhaust and effluent. When you understand the wind environment, you can adjust your design—relocate sources, intakes, to avoid recirculating air- and heat-pollutants.
CPP brings decades of knowledge and experience to each project. We understand how wind and exhaust interact, so our analyses and recommendations will help you avoid risks that can threaten the efficient, reliable operation of your data center. Contact us to discuss your data center design project.