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Data Center Air Flow Design Applications

Customizable Airflow Solutions

DuctSox has developed the first directionally adjustable air displacement system for the data center industry. The air displacement portion of the DuctSox system places large volumes of air within the cold aisle with low velocity. The adjustability allows for higher-wattage server targeting. As a result, minimal hot air entrainment is achieved, reducing or eliminating the need for physical containment structures, while lowering construction costs and getting better PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) ratings.


DuctSox understands that no two facilities are alike. Because of this each system is designed to meet the specifications for each space to ensure optimum performance placing the correct amount of airflow where it’s needed.

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Involta Data Center

Case Study: Involta - Cedar Rapids

The Iowa-based company Involta has developed more than 256,000 square-feet of colocation data centers operating across the United States. Involta worked with Ductsox engineers to improve its air distribution system in data centers. This process involved retrofit conversions from metal systems to DataSox. Datasox is a round, overhead and porous fabric HVAC duct system designed to distribute large volumes of air within data centers. These updates reduced electric utility costs.

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Involta Data Center

Cast Study: Involta - Northpointe

This is another case study from the Iowa-based Involta. Involta Northpointe is a 40,000 square foot data center in Pennsylvania. This data center is in the top five percent of efficient multi-tenant data centers worldwide. Their team realized that metal ductwork’s inherent high velocities resulted in turbulence that prevented fans from drawing cooling air onto racks. The Involta team worked with DuctSox engineers to develop a system to distribute air at lower velocities throughout the plant.

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Liquid Web Data Center

Case Study: Liquid Web

Liquid Web decided to use an innovative approach when retrofitting its multi-server Michigan location. The company developed plans to use a new data center design with DuctSox for its 75,000 square foot Michigan facility. This involved transitioning the open-air facility to a series directed-air areas. DuctSox worked with Liquid Web to design a new layout with a raised plenum surface at the end of each row.

These were fitted with a customized adapter so the fabric ducts would extend vertically towards the ceiling and then have a 90-degree turn that extends the duct horizontally across the length of each server row. Adjustable nozzles on the ducts forced air in targeted directions at the server racks. The Liquid Web team credited the customization of the fabric duct nozzles with solving their air distribution challenges.

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Why Fabric?

For decades, traditional metal units that moved air throughout a facility were commonly referred to as “ductwork.” Each system requiring a variety of components to achieve proper airflow. When fabric was introduced a few decades ago, it was referred to as “fabric ductwork” or “fabric ducting.” The reality is fabric provides a complete air dispersion system that performs in ways that metal cannot.
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Data Center | Liquid Web

Fabric Ductwork Solves Data Center’s Air Distribution Challenges While Providing Adjustability For Future Expansion  After exploring standard air dispersion and airflow-based solutions to thisproblem, international data center provider Liquid Web decided to use a more innovative approach when retrofitting its multi-server Michigan location.
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Data Center | Involta, Northpointe

HVAC System Design Helps Data Center Facility Efficiency Rank in Industry's Top 5% There are dozens of data center cooling methods, however multi-tenant, co-location data center operator Involta LLC believes its HVAC design team has developed one of the industry’s most efficient concepts.
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When designing a fabric system, DuctSox engineers will detail performance and design requirements while creating a custom solution for your application.

In addition to data center HVAC design assistance, DuctSox provides an extensive Engineering and Design Manual that will guide you through the key elements of a DuctSox system.

Whether for a new building or retrofitting an existing space, DuctSox Airflow Solutions just make more sense than metal ductwork.

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Food Processing

New innovations have made maintenance and hygiene a vital advantage to using DuctSox products in food processing facilities.

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Grow Facilities

Fabric airflow solutions can be customized to ensure optimum growing conditions for each stage of growth.

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Laboratory & Healthcare

DuctSox traditional and diffuser products are engineered to provide better air dispersion control for these demanding environments.

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