5 things you need to know
about connector reliability
Quick disconnect coupling and thermal management
By David Vranish, Applications Engineer,
Colder Product Company (CPC)
The use of liquid cooling to mitigate heat generated by electron- ics can be found in a wide variety of applications, including
gaming computers, supercomputers, and medical equipment.
The widest acceptance of the technology is in today’s data center
industry, where server manufacturers are turning to liquid cooling for cost-efficient and effective thermal management. Here, in
particular, quick disconnect couplings are playing an integral role
in cooling system performance and reliability.
Implementing an efficient, effective, and safe cooling system
to remove waste heat is an ever-growing concern for data centers.
Energy consumption by servers has risen dramatically within the
last decade as power densities of server racks have increased. A
decade ago, server racks consumed 250 W to 1.5 k W each, current power racks consume around 10 kW. Projections for the next
decade put power consumption at 50 k W. Further, it is estimated
by 2020 the data center industry will generate as much CO2 as the
airline industry, according to Data Center Journal.
Traditionally, data centers have relied on air for cooling, but
forcing cold air through server racks is an inefficient and costly
method to remove heat. Sixty percent of cooled air is lost as a re- Advantages of liquid cooling compared to air cooling. (All image credit: CPC)