Load Bank Testing Procedures for Data Centers

Data center demands have grown considerably in recent years. From basic server deployments to high-density environments, today’s data centers must exercise proper load bank testing procedures to ensure reliable ongoing operation.

Load bank testing during data center commissioning helps you understand your data center’s electrical and mechanical infrastructure performance. It also helps identify environmental issues so you can correct them before they result in more serious consequences.

Implementing the right load bank testing procedures accelerates the commissioning process and can reduce your overall associated costs. A proactive approach to commissioning yields many benefits.

High-density data center environments increase deployment complexity. With greater server thermal output and required hot aisle/cold aisle rack positioning, efficiently cooling the data center becomes particularly challenging. Developing load bank testing procedures can help address the intricacies in current data center design.

The right load bank solution used within an integrated commissioning plan will validate:

  • Data center design
  • Equipment placement
  • Cooling system effectiveness
  • System power consumption and performance of the power distribution infrastructure
  • Thermal and electrical load requirements
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements

Using a simulated operating environment provides a valuable risk assessment and verifies performance before production. You can also collect useful data for future expansions and upgrades, as well as reduce risks associated with re-engineering.

Developing Your Load Bank Testing Procedures

A structured commissioning plan must consider the effects of load bank technology and testing procedures on your operation. These recommendations will help you develop a successful testing plan:

  • Complete comprehensive planning for load bank testing as early as possible in the project, such as one year before the commissioning project begins.
  • Coordinate with the design firm, general contractor, electrical contractor, mechanical contractor, commissioning agent, and load bank supplier.
  • Plan for total load requirements so you can select the right load bank solutions.
  • Consider the type of load bank equipment required for comprehensive system testing, equipment placement, ingress and egress of load banks, and cable runs.
  • Make sure the load test validates hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout and CRAC performance.
  • Create a detailed testing blueprint that considers your future demands on the server infrastructure.
  • Load test all components within the data center operation as an entire system, including rack mounts, bus racks, RPPs, PDUs, UPS, generators, and substations.
  • Refer issues back to engineers for redesigning if testing cannot validate performance.
  • Partner with a respected load bank equipment supplier that can provide advanced equipment and proven testing procedures.

By taking a proactive, structured approach early in the design phase, you can identify problems before the facility becomes operational. Only load bank testing using proper procedures can ensure your IT infrastructure can perform at required capacities once deployed. You can then avoid costly post-production reconfigurations and deliver your commissioning project within budget and schedule parameters.

ComRent’s team of load bank experts helps ensure successful load bank testing procedures for data centers. We provide a complimentary consultation to review your project and propose the right load bank solution to meet your requirements. Contact us today.

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