CFD modeling drives innovative design at NetApp Global Dynamic Lab 2

CFD modeling drives innovative design at NetApp Global Dynamic Lab 2

Mar 20, 2014

Raleigh, NC

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an integral part of the design process for CRB’s biotech, pharmaceutical and advanced technology clients. Our CFD modeling experts calculate air flow rates, model temperature distribution and airflow patterns to develop innovative solutions for our clients.

Project Spotlight: NetApp Global Dynamic Lab 2

CRB is currently working with NetApp to design a new 150,000 square foot research and development lab in RTP, NC.

The Challenge: Develop an alternative to existing building exterior that decreases static pressure while relieving 5.6 million CFM.
CRB Solution: CRB is designing NetApp’s Global Dynamic Lab 2 (GDL-2) with a unique, custom-built 100% outside air economization system that pulls ambient air from the roof to cool the IT equipment. CRB’s team applied CFD modeling to quickly analyze façade concepts guiding the design team to utilize operable windows to relieve hot air from the facility. The facility’s roof will be equipped with a 100 kW photovoltaic system that will produce enough energy to offset the lighting requirements of the building.
Measurable Results: A reduction of fan horsepower was achieved by designing a façade with a minimum static pressure loss. For comparison, using a strategy similar to the existing Global Dynamic Lab 1 facility would have required GDL-2 to have a much larger footprint and a significant increase in fan horsepower than its final design.