Floor Tile Airflow Measurement Empowers Data Center Professionals

February 29, 2024 | Posted By: Degree Controls Inc.

Are you building a new data center, or planning a construction project to upgrade an existing facility?

Floor tile airflow, °C Grate
The °C Grate measures floor tile airflow with sixteen air velocity and temperature sensors.  It does not impart backpressure to the raised floor tile under test.

The growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the emergence of new technologies are driving the demand for increased data center performance. Fundamental to the operational efficiency of raised floor data centers is good airflow management. The °C Grate volumetric airflow measurement tool measures flow rates through perforated floor tiles and provides quantitative data to inform the design of new buildings, upgrades, and retrofits. It is also used in commissioning and on an ongoing basis to analyze the behavior of cooling air.

The °C Grate is a fully contained airflow instrument which uses a comprehensive array of 16 sensors to directly measure air velocity and temperature across a floor tile, in real time. Designed with a lightweight frame assembly on wheels for easy portability, the °C Grate features a tablet and application software. Producing gradient maps of air velocity and air temperature across a floor tile area, the °C Grate reveals if flow is biased. It does not restrict tile airflow during testing like a standard balometer or capture hood.

Information collected by the °C Grate allows you to establish where airflow is coming from in a data center. You can quantify airflow distribution and determine the optimal arrangement of solid and permeable floor tiles for containment aisles. The °C Grate will help you identify cooling issues, balance airflow, and match IT load requirements, right down to the rack level.

Floor tile airflow, velocity and temperature maps
Gradient Maps of Air Velocity and Air Temperature

Airflow management can be optimized if it’s measured. Add a °C Grate airflow instrument to your data center toolkit to help ensure that cooling air is uniform and reaching the desired destinations.

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