Data Centers

Effective data center operation requires a balanced functionality in both the facility and the housed equipment. Exponent has supported many clients over the past decades in establishing facility environments for installation, as well as performing risk and safety assessment to ensure reliability and quality of all mission critical equipment and machines. Our electrical engineers have analyzed and supported the mechanical and electrical infrastructural design of data center, environmental control, as well as electrical power, cable routing and fire protections schemes. A selective number of capabilities are listed below:

Failure Investigation and Analysis


  • Fire Investigation
    • Server Racks, Power Supplies, Distribution Panels, Cooling Systems
    • Building  - Casino, Server Room, Bank, Data Center, Power Plants and other Critical Facilities
    • Backup Electrical Systems, including UPS, Diesel Generators
    • Circuit Protection Failure
    • Property Loss as result of Flood, Natural Disaster or Contamination
    • Injury and Electrical Hazard
      • Electrical Shock and Electrocution
      • Server and Power Supply Units
        • Component within PS; Reliability and Failure Analysis
        • Interior and Exterior Whiskers and Contaminations
        • Insulation Failure between Input and Output
        • Backup System and Control System Failure
          • UPS System Review based on Load, Usage and Ratings
          • Business Interruption Claim; Damage Assessment
          • Failure Analysis and Supplier Quality Audit

System Reliability, Analysis and Remedies


  • Grounding Scheme Review
    • Determine potential hazards that exist at metal enclosures accessible by human
    • Assess safety scenarios in case of electrical short-circuit fault
    • Electrical substation consultation
  • Lightning and Surge Protection Mechanism and Analysis
    • Review of incoming protection and relay settings at electrical mains
    • Power quality analysis; filtering of surges or sags
    • Transient over voltage surge suppression systems
    • Grounding of building
  • Engineering Mechanics and Material - Review and Analysis
  • Distribution System and Equipment Rating Analysis
    • Equipment capacity and ratings
    • Load analysis
      • Monitoring
      • Modeling
      • Harmonics
  • Predictive Reliability and Risk Assessment
  • Codes and Standards Review
    • National Electrical Code
    • IEC, IEEE

Probabilistic Risk Assessment and FMEA


  • Identify Risks
    • Preliminary Hazards Analysis (PHA) 
    • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) 
    • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) 
    • Mechanical Integrity Assessments 
    • Hazard & Operability Studies (HAZOP)
  • Quantify Risks
    • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) 
    • Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) 
    • Risk Rank and RPN Prioritization 
    • Failure Rate Data Analysis 
    • Consequence Analysis 
    • Gas Dispersion, Thermal Radiation, and Explosion Modeling
  • Product Quality, Operational Reliability and Hazards

Other Related Issues


  • HVAC Systems
    • Airflow and circulation analysis
    • Air Quality Monitoring
    • Mechanical system design and failure investigations
    • Insulation foams and materials reliability and failure analysis
  • Buildings and Constructions
    • Seismic risk assessment
    • Water intrusion and insulation material assessment
  • Fire Protection Engineering
    • Traditional and performance-based code compliance evaluations 
    • Life safety systems analysis 
    • Product development and compliance testing 
    • Codes and standards development 
    • Fire testing of products and materials for ignition, spread, fire growth, and flammability properties 
    • Third-party flame effect system reviews

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