Working with plenum velocities
The Plenum view of the data center floor layout shows plenum airflow velocities and perforated tile airflow rates for rooms with raised floor cooling systems.
The tile airflow rate is indicated by tile color and is also shown in the pop-up box when the cursor is placed over a tile. The color coding of tile(s) is done based on how airflow is divided between the tiles relative to each other. The tile(s) with the lowest airflow is blue. The tile(s) with highest airflow is painted red. The tile(s) in the middle in terms of airflow is green.
You can relate the plenum velocities to the length or color of the arrows by changing the settings in Tools>Preferences>Plenum Velocities.
The pressure is generally high in areas of low velocity and vice versa. When perforated tiles are placed near CRACs in regions of high velocity, these tiles will generally deliver less than the average tile airflow rate and may even result in negative airflow, i.e. airflow directed down into the plenum. The parameters that affect tile airflow uniformity and suggested design practices are shown in the table.
You can set the plenum depth in the Room Properties, accessed by right-clicking the room and setting the raised floor height in Properties>Floor.
You can add two types of perforated tiles (25% and 56% open area) to the layout from the Genomes pane.
The raised-floor leakage is defined as the fraction of (downflow) CRAC airflow which does not enter the room through perforated tiles but escapes the plenum (but still into the room) through other openings such as cable cutouts and leakage paths around tiles.
Typical data centers may have leakage values in the 10-50%+ range. You can set the leakage airflow by right-clicking the room layout and using the leakage slider in Properties>Cooling.