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Dynamically limiting energy consumed by cooling apparatus

United States Patent

May 26, 2015
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Cooling apparatuses and methods are provided which include one or more coolant-cooled structures associated with an electronics rack, a coolant loop coupled in fluid communication with one or more passages of the coolant-cooled structure(s), one or more heat exchange units coupled to facilitate heat transfer from coolant within the coolant loop, and N controllable components associated with the coolant loop or the heat exchange unit(s), wherein N.gtoreq.1. The N controllable components facilitate circulation of coolant through the coolant loop or transfer of heat from the coolant via the heat exchange unit(s). A controller is coupled to the N controllable components, and dynamically adjusts operation of the N controllable components, based on Z input parameters and one or more specified constraints, to provide a specified cooling to the coolant-cooled structure(s), while limiting energy consumed by the N controllable components, wherein Z.gtoreq.1.
Chainer; Timothy J. (Putnam Valley, NY), David; Milnes P. (Fishkill, NY), Iyengar; Madhusudan K. (Woodstock, NY), Parida; Pritish R. (Fishkill, NY), Schmidt; Roger R. (Poughkeepsie, NY), Schultz; Mark D. (Ossining, NY)
13/ 305,967
November 29, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-EE0002894, awarded by the Department of Energy. Accordingly, the U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.