Hydraquip’s DataCool range of hoses have been specifically designed by the company in conjunction with a leading OEM of computer cooling solutions. UK based Hydraquip Braided Hose Division looked at the many issues that arose in systems where a flexible connection was required. One of the main concerns was the need for the hose to be able to offer good flexibility (lateral movement) and more importantly allowing for a degree of flexing (torsion) especially when fitted to rear door coolers. Other considerations included secure end connections, ease of identification and the ability to work on positive (pressure) and negative (vacuum) systems alike.
The solution was delivered in the form of the Hydraquip DataCool range of finished hose assemblies which are manufactured from silicone rubber which is reinforced to enable them to work easily at system pressures. Supplied in red and blue covers for ease of identification, each assembly is offered with a choice of end terminations hydraulically swaged on with stainless steel ferrules allowing for a secure and leak free connection. Prior to despatch every assembly is visually inspected and pressure tested then individually marked with a unique reference allowing for full life traceability.
Predominantly for use on cooling doors the hoses lend themselves to offering benefits to both designers and installers. Unlike traditional hose which allows for flexing along the length only, the data centre hoses offer more flexibility due to its unique design offering both the traditional flexing with a generous degree of rotational flexing allowing for the elimination of the need to provide additional swivel connections in the line which reduces potential leakage weak spots.
The data centre hoses are hand built in the UK to Hydraquip’s own specifications then built into a finished assembly in the company’s Kent factory with a choice of fittings to enable secure and compact connections to be made to both pipework and equipment. To complement the fittings Hydraquip offer a vast range of adaptors, valves, quick disconnect couplings and manifolds that can be supplied as a production line ready kit or standalone components.
In addition to meeting the specific flexing requirements, DataCool hose brings additional benefits and peace of mind with regards to fire related issues. In the unfortunate event of a fire these silicone assemblies have a high ignition point of 450°C and do not give off toxic gasses, including halogens. The fumes given off are also much less dense and tend to be white (silica) rather than the black fumes given off by other rubbers such as epdm.
Initially available in DN20 (3/4”) & DN25 (1”) bore sizes the range has been extended to cover from DN06 (1/4”) up to DN32 (1 ¼”). Further extensions to the range include the addition of the CEJN ultraFLOW range of non-spill low pressure drop quick release couplings which can be fitted directly onto the hoses.
Standard hoses are available in red, blue and black with a fire retardant grey version also available which can be colour collared to aid identification of water flow once installed.
Further information on Hydraquip’s DataCool range and other products for Data Centres can be obtained from the company’s Rochester branch.