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Heat Load Bank Testing

A new data centre is designed to run continuously for the duration of its design life. To achieve this level of reliability it is necessary to thoroughly test the infrastructure before it goes into production. To do this, it is necessary to mimic the characteristics of the IT equipment to be used as closely as possible.

Using servers to complete the tests is not practical for a variety of reasons: cost of filling the data centre with servers, potential for damage to the expensive IT equipment and the time to reset the test servers after each test. The safest, practical and most economic way is to use a Heat Load Bank; this provides suitable electrical load on the UPS and switchgear systems while producing a heat load to test the cooling systems. 

Cannon T4 Heat Load Banks are not ‘fan heaters’ ­ they are designed to mimic both the heat and airflow of servers and switches as well as incorporate safety features to prevent excessive temperatures or fan failures. These known loads allow testing of the entire electrical and cooling system in a controlled environment including staged loads and simulated faults.

The intended use of the data centre may be rack mounted, floor standing or a mixed IT load. The racks may not be installed until after testing completes. 

Units are supplied on a rental only, or a fully managed service where Cannon T4 will deliver, install and manage the load banks for the duration of the testing and de-install. (Including 24 hour / 7 day environmental monitoring and ‘Flir’ camera images if required).

Sizes : 1-2kw 19” Rack mounts (60 & 80 Ltr min air), 2-6kw floor mount, 3kw floor, 11/22 kw three phase, 15kw three phase.