[Ocp-europe] RuggedPOD v2 sealing feedbacks and improvements

Carter, Bill bill.carter at intel.com
Mon Jul 6 21:38:37 UTC 2015

Can you use a large rubber o-ring around the entire top cover.
The o-ring will allow for movement and expansion/contraction without affecting the seal.


From: ocp-europe-bounces at lists.opencompute.org [mailto:ocp-europe-bounces at lists.opencompute.org] On Behalf Of Thierry Dupeux
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 12:16 AM
To: jean-marie.verdun at splitted-desktop.com; team at ruggedpod.qyshare.com; ocp-europe at lists.opencompute.org
Subject: Re: [Ocp-europe] RuggedPOD v2 sealing feedbacks and improvements

Hi Jean-Marie,

I think a screw with large head going from the top of the top cover into threaded hole, avoid need for glue. I think it would be better solution and nicer look.
However, I cannot comment on dimension and number of screws.

Best Regards, Thierry.

Thierry Dupeux
mobile: +33 (0) 6 75 86 48 89

From: ocp-europe-bounces at lists.opencompute.org<mailto:ocp-europe-bounces at lists.opencompute.org> [mailto:ocp-europe-bounces at lists.opencompute.org] On Behalf Of Jean-Marie Verdun
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 10:33 PM
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Subject: [Ocp-europe] RuggedPOD v2 sealing feedbacks and improvements

Hi Folks,

I spent some time drawing the concept of the top sealing that we used for RuggedPOD v2.

The sealing concept is quite easy to understand. We roughly used a 3D torus joint which is standing at the top of the edge of the tank. This joint is placed under pressure from the top cover which is bolted to the tank using threaded rod which have been pre-assembled into the tank.

This principle is currently not working efficiently and we must find the root cause of the issue. The first thing we observed is that most of the theaded rod are getting bent or unlocked from the tank. They are currently based on stainless steel a strong material with a 3 mm diameter.

We used also specific glue to lock them down into the hole which was threaded.
The top surface of the tank edge has been post processed to be flatened as much as we could.

Roughly the assembly process is the following one:-

- Solder the tank side to each other
- Solder the bottom
- Post process the edge of the top surface of the tanke to flaten it
- use CNC to create 3D torus joint placement area
- Put the thread rod in place
- Run the whole assembly

Looking at some math, when we put the tank under vacuum, I believe that the pressure on the top cover is slightly moving to 1kg/square cm as the pressure inside the tank is going to 0.007 bar, which means about 1.4 tons for the whole cover. This pressure is transferred in some way to the tank edges, and stainless steel elasticity is exercising a strong force on the threaded rod which are breaking there glue link and create some small leakage.

I might be totally wrong, and this is where I need your help !

We urgently need to have a look to this issue, as I would like to upgrade asap this design flow. The following options might be explored and will be discussed with some of our manufacturing partners this week like:

- Embedding the threaded rod during the panel manufacturing process rather than gluing them
- Use higher diameter and longer threaded rod
- Put one at each corner (currently there is none, and most of the leakage are observed in that place)
- Put them in a Z shape around the 3D torus joint instead of a standard aligned position
- Increase the number of Threaded rod
- Use bolt with wide pressure area (we are using standard 3mm bolt, perhaps using 3mm hole bolt but 6mm contact diameter surface might be better)
- We could also increase the thickness of the top cover, but what will be the right one ?

I like to avoid increasing the thickness of the tank panel (which will increase the contact surface with the top cover), as it will lower heat exchange capacity.

Feel free to jump into the discussion ! JJ will try to run some static mechanical simulation tomorrow with solidworks as to understand how much pressure each threaded rod have to address. But we are not expert in mechanical simulation and if you have some options to help us feel free !


  Jean-Marie Verdun
  Splitted-Desktop Systems
  Batiment Aristote
  Parc des Algorithmes
  Route de l'orme des merisiers
  91190 Saint Aubin FRANCE

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