Equipment rack and associated ventilation system

  • US 8,130,494 B2
  • Filed: 04/16/2010
  • Issued: 03/06/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/19/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A cable management system operable to deliver a supply of cooling air to a heat generating device mounted therein, comprising:

  • a cable management rack for accommodating a heat-generating device in a horizontal orientation, including a first vertical rectangular frame that defines (i) an open front;

    (ii) an open rear, and (iii) a first interior frame region, the first vertical rectangular frame including first and second uprights attached to opposite respective lateral sides of a base and a top member;

    a first baffle mounted with respect to the first upright and extending laterally outward from the first upright relative to the first vertical rectangular frame, the first baffle configured and dimensioned to redirect a rearward flow of cool air from a front space adjacent to a front side of the first vertical rectangular frame sideways through the first upright into the first interior frame region; and

    a second baffle mounted with respect to the second upright and extending laterally outward from the second upright relative to the second vertical rectangular frame, the second baffle configured and dimensioned to redirect a sideways flow of exhaust air from the first interior frame region and through the second upright rearward into a rear space adjacent a rear side of the first vertical rectangular frame;

    wherein said first baffle defines a first vertical height and a first upper end and includes a first cover at said first upper end, said first cover functioning to prevent flow of the cool air from extending beyond the first vertical height of the first baffle; and

    wherein said second baffle defines a second vertical height and a second upper end and includes a second cover at said second upper end, said second cover functioning to prevent flow of the exhaust air flow from extending beyond the second vertical height of the second baffle.

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