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Begbroke Science Park

Begbroke Science Park

Oxfordshire

Details

Value: £1.8M

Client: Oxford University

Anderson Green Duties:
Cost certainty
Value engineering
Design / verification & coordination of electrical and mechanical systems
CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis of the super computer room

Synopsis

The project consists of the new super computer room and labs at Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park.

The super computer facility consists of 56 no. server racks each generating 11kW of heat and a total heat gain of over 600kW.

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Because of the huge heat gain to a relatively small room and the maximum operating temperatures of the server racks, it was crucial that adequate cooling was received at the face of each rack.

A CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation was performed to calculate/predict that each rack will achieve adequate cooling.

The simulation highlighted the need for a number of minor amendments to the locations of the grilles, down-flow units and server racks.

Had this simulation not been performed, the cost to make such changes retrospectively would have been a very costly exercise.

 

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