Director: Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the NovaTherm Laboratory
Many data centers use CRACs or AHUs to condition outside and re-circulate air streams entering the cold aisles. This method of cooling is expensive, however air-side economization is an attractive alternative in many parts of the world including the U.S. Variations in outside air temperature, humidity and gaseous and particulate contamination levels pose challenges in determining when to use or not to use this method for cooling electronics.
Air Side Economizers with Evaporative Cooling
Agonafer, University of Texas, Arlington
Villanova ES2 Team Areas of Expertise
Convective heat transfer
Sustainable energy technology
Computational fluid dynamics