Static electricity and servers

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Posted on behalf of another member: I have a question regarding static electricity discharges within servers. I am supplying air at 56F DB, and about 40% RH. The leaving air conditions are about 76F DB, 15% RH. Is this a problem, within the server? Or, is this a problem at the discharge of the server?

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The chassis and hardware within a server share a common electrical plane so any build-up of static electricity affects all parts equally. The chassis is grounded through the third lead in the power cable. Airflow should not be a problem.

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  • BobYoung
    Here is an excerpt from an article on the subject: "Regardless of the method of cooling incorporated into a server room or data center, the temperature and humidity must be properly maintained. Though opinions vary, it is generally accepted that temperature should be between 68 degrees and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity between 40% and 50%" (Source: http://www.processor.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2Fp2632%2F21p32%2F21p32.asp) Don't forget to pay attention to the human comfort factor, if it is a room that people have to occupy for extended periods of time. It's a subliminal thing, but techs will hurry to get the job done, be less thorough, and avoid the server room if it's not comfortable. --Bob Young
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