ENG07037 2017 Mechanical Principles for Data Centres

General Details

Full Title
Mechanical Principles for Data Centres
Transcript Title
Data Centre Mech Principles
Code
ENG07037
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
Department
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Conor Lawlor
Programme Membership
SG_EDATA_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Data Centre Facilities Engineering
Description

This module covers Heat Transfer fundamentals, Vapour Compression cycle, metrological aspects, Hot and Cool room layout design and Advanced HVAC systems for Data Rooms, Water chemistry fundamentals, Water treatment technologies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

(KK) Understands the relationship between Heat Transfer fundamentals & thermodynamics principles and the practice of data centres facilities engineering.

2.

(KB) Has sufficient knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer principles to solve common facilities engineering problems for data centres

3.

(KHSR) Can understand the principles of the operation of water treatment technologies and water chemistry that are core to the field of data centres facilities engineering

4.

(CR) Can exercise independent technical judgement in the analysis of data and implement of engineering solutions.

5.

(KH & SS) Can identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods in the area of cooling technologies and water treatment in data centres.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will be delivered online over two semesters. Content will be aimed at and relevant to actual data centre practice. There will be a number of relevant lab sessions where practical experiments in the fields of cooling technologies, heat transfer and water treatment will be carried out.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will include a practical element worth 40% of the overall mark (the rest going towards the end of term written exam). The student will be required to travel to an institute in order to carry out the practical experiments, and will be required to attend for up to two days of the module.

Repeat Assessments

The practical element will be marked during the module, but there will only be opportunity to repeat the practicals once a year. 

Indicative Syllabus

  • Heat Transfer fundamentals & thermodynamics principles
  • Vapour Compression cycle/enthalpy fundamentals
  • Cooling technology - CTs, chillers, pumps, Hx, HVAC
  • Specialist cooling technologies such as heat pumps 
  • Free Air Cooling/metrological aspects.
  • Underfloor heat paths/Hot and Cool room layout design in Data Rooms
  • Advanced HVAC systems for Data Rooms
  • Water chemistry fundamentals
  • Water treatment technologies

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Lab Practicals Practical Practical Evaluation 40 % Week 18 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 15 1,2,3,5
             
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practical Labs 8 Once Per Module 0.53
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.53 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2003 A practical guide to HVAC Building Services Calculations CIBSE

Recommended Reading
2005 Heating, ventilation and air conditioning Wiley

Recommended Reading
2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments ASHRAE

Recommended Reading
2011 Adiabatic Free Cooling Options for Data Centre Klima-Therm

Module Resources

URL Resources

Cooling options for data centres http://www.cibsejournal.com/cpd/modules/2012-04/