Method and apparatus for reinforcing a chassis

Abstract

A chassis reinforcing apparatus includes a chassis defining a component housing. A chassis reinforcing member is coupled to the chassis and comprises a bend which is directed towards the component housing. The bend is designed such that, with components housed in the component housing, the chassis reinforcing member is deflected into a substantially planar orientation.

Claims

1. A chassis reinforcing apparatus, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; and a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing, wherein the bend is designed such that the chassis reinforcing member is deflected into a substantially planar orientation when a plurality of components are positioned in the component housing. 2. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the bend is operable to provide a reinforcing force directed towards the component housing. 3. A chassis reinforcing apparatus, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing; and a component support surface coupled to the chassis reinforcing member. 4. The apparatus of claim 3 , wherein the component support surface holds the chassis reinforcing member in a substantially planar orientation. 5. The apparatus of claim 3 , wherein the component support surface is a chassis floor, whereby the bend provides a stress in the chassis floor directed towards the component housing. 6. The apparatus of claim 3 , further comprising: a chassis cover coupled to the chassis; and a plurality of components positioned in the component housing. 7. The apparatus of claim 6 , wherein with the plurality of components positioned in the component housing the chassis reinforcing member is oriented in a substantially planar orientation. 8. The apparatus of claim 6 , further comprising: a rack, whereby the chassis is mounted in the rack and the chassis cover and the chassis reinforcing member are oriented substantially parallel to each other. 9. An information handling system, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; a microprocessor coupled to the chassis and positioned in the component housing; a plurality of information handling system components positioned in the component housing; and a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing, wherein the bend is designed such that the chassis reinforcing member is deflected into a substantially planar orientation with the information handling system components positioned in the component housing. 10. The system of claim 9 , wherein the bend provides a reinforcing force directed towards the information handling system components and the component housing. 11. An information handling system, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; a microprocessor coupled to the chassis and positioned in the component housing; a plurality of information handling system components positioned in the component housing; a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing; and a component support surface coupled to the chassis reinforcing member. 12. An information handling system, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; a microprocessor coupled to the chassis and positioned in the component housing; a plurality of information handling system components positioned in the component housing; and a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing, wherein the component support surface holds the chassis reinforcing member in a substantially planar orientation. 13. An information handling system, comprising: a chassis defining a component housing; a microprocessor coupled to the chassis and positioned in the component housing; a plurality of information handling system components positioned in the component housing; and a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing, wherein the component support surface is a chassis floor, whereby the bend provides a stress in the chassis floor directed towards the information handling system components and the component housing. 14. The system of claim 13 , further comprising: a chassis cover coupled to the chassis. 15. The system of claim 14 , further comprising: a rack, whereby the chassis is mounted in the rack and the chassis cover and the chassis reinforcing member are oriented substantially parallel to each other. 16. A method for reinforcing a chassis, comprising: providing a chassis defining a component housing and including a chassis support surface; and reinforcing the chassis by creating a stress in the chassis support surface which is directed towards the component housing. 17. The method of claim 16 , wherein the reinforcing comprises creating a stress by coupling a chassis reinforcing member to the chassis support surface, the chassis reinforcing member comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing. 18. The method of claim 16 , further comprising: coupling a plurality of information handling system components to the chassis; coupling a chassis cover to the chassis; and mounting the chassis to a rack, whereby the chassis cover and the chassis reinforcing member are oriented substantially parallel to each other.
BACKGROUND The present disclosure relates generally to information handling systems, and more particularly to a method and apparatus for reinforcing an information handling system chassis. As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option is an information handling system. An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements may vary between different applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems. Some information handling systems are housed in a chassis and may be mounted in racks for storage and/or use. As computing needs continue to grow, the information handling system components housed in the chassis increase in weight, size, and number, which leads to issues with respect to the chassis. As additional and heavier components are housed in the chassis, the component support surface may begin to sag or bow from the weight of the components, causing the component support surface to deflect from a planar orientation to a bowed orientation. It is desirable to minimize the amount of space taken up by a chassis in the rack in order to mount as many information handling systems in the rack as possible, and the deflection of the component support surface to the bowed orientation may cause the chassis to deflect into space in the rack that is meant to be used by other chassis. Furthermore, the deflection of the component support surface to the bowed orientation creates a perception of low quality due to the systems sagging or bowed appearance. Typically, the deflection of the component support surface to the bowed orientation is dealt with by stiffening the component support surface by fabricating a thicker component support surface. This is undesirable due to the need to minimize the space taken up in the rack by the chassis and the additional costs incurred in fabricating the thicker component support surface. Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide a method and apparatus for reinforcing a chassis absent the disadvantages found in the prior methods discussed above. SUMMARY According to one embodiment, a chassis reinforcing apparatus is provided which includes a chassis defining a component housing, and a chassis reinforcing member coupled to the chassis and comprising a bend which is directed towards the component housing. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a schematic view illustrating an embodiment of an information handling system. FIG. 2 a is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of a chassis reinforcing member. FIG. 2 b is a cross sectional view illustrating an embodiment of the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 2 a. FIG. 3 a is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of a component support surface used with the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 2 a. FIG. 3 b is a cross sectional view illustrating an embodiment of the component support surface of FIG. 3 a. FIG. 4 is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of a chassis cover used with the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 2 a and the component support surface of FIG. 3 a. FIG. 5 a is a flow chart illustrating an embodiment of a method for reinforcing a chassis. FIG. 5 b is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of the component support surface of FIG. 3 a coupled to the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 2 a. FIG. 5 c is a cross sectional view illustrating an embodiment of the component support surface and the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 5 b. FIG. 5 d is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of a plurality of components positioned in the component support surface and the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 5 b. FIG. 5 e is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of the chassis cover of FIG. 4 coupled to the component support surface and the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 5 d. FIG. 5 f is a perspective view illustrating an embodiment of the chassis cover, the component support surface, and the chassis reinforcing member of FIG. 5 d mounted to a rack. FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view illustrating an alternative embodiment of a chassis reinforcing member. FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view illustrating an alternative embodiment of a chassis reinforcing member. FIG. 8 is a cross sectional view illustrating an alternative embodiment of a chassis reinforcing member. FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view illustrating an alternative embodiment of a chassis reinforcing member. DETAILED DESCRIPTION For purposes of this disclosure, an information handling system may include any instrumentality or aggregate of instrumentalities operable to compute, classify, process, transmit, receive, retrieve, originate, switch, store, display, manifest, detect, record, reproduce, handle, or utilize any form of information, intelligence, or data for business, scientific, control, entertainment, or other purposes. For example, an information handling system may be a personal computer, a PDA, a consumer electronic device, a network server or storage device, a switch router or other network communication device, or any other suitable device and may vary in size, shape, performance, functionality, and price. The information handling system may include memory, one or more processing resources such as a central processing unit (CPU) or hardware or software control logic. Additional components of the information handling system may include one or more storage devices, one or more communications ports for communicating with external devices as well as various input and output (I/O) devices, such as a keyboard, a mouse, and a video display. The information handling system may also include one or more buses operable to transmit communications between the various hardware components. In one embodiment, information handling system 100 , FIG. 1 , includes a microprocessor 102 , which is connected to a bus 104 . Bus 104 serves as a connection between microprocessor 102 and other components of computer system 100 . An input device 106 is coupled to microprocessor 102 to provide input to microprocessor 102 . Examples of input devices include keyboards, touchscreens, and pointing devices such as mouses, trackballs and trackpads. Programs and data are stored on a mass storage device 108 , which is coupled to microprocessor 102 . Mass storage devices include such devices as hard disks, optical disks, magneto-optical drives, floppy drives and the like. Information handling system 100 further includes a display 110 , which is coupled to microprocessor 102 by a video controller 112 . A system memory 114 is coupled to microprocessor 102 to provide the microprocessor with fast storage to facilitate execution of computer programs by microprocessor 102 . In an embodiment, a chassis 116 houses some or all of the components of information handling system 100 . It should be understood that other buses and intermediate circuits can be deployed between the components described above and microprocessor 102 to facilitate interconnection between the components and the microprocessor. Referring now to FIGS. 2 a and 2 b , a chassis section 200 is illustrated. The chassis section 200 includes a chassis reinforcing member 202 which includes a front edge 202 a , a rear edge 202 b located opposite the front edge 202 a , a top surface 202 c extending between the front edge 202 a and the rear edge 202 b , and a plurality of side walls 204 a and 204 extending from opposite sides of the chassis reinforcing member 202 and between the front edge 202 a and the rear edge 202 b . A component housing 206 is defined between the chassis reinforcing member 202 and the side walls 204 a and 204 b . The chassis reinforcing member 202 is fabricated with a plurality of creases 208 a and 208 b that result in a bend 210 in the chassis reinforcing member 202 which is directed away from a plane 212 and towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIG. 2 b . A plurality of coupling apertures 214 are defined by the chassis reinforcing member 202 and are located in a spaced apart relationship on the chassis reinforcing member 202 . In an embodiment, the chassis section 200 may be fabricated from a conventional sheet metal known in the art. Referring now to FIGS. 3 a and 3 b , a component support surface 300 is illustrated. The component support surface 300 includes a substantially planar base 302 having a front edge 302 a , a rear edge 302 b located opposite the front edge 302 a , and a top surface 302 c extending between the front edge 302 a and the rear edge 302 b . A component mounting feature 304 extends from the top surface 302 c of the base 302 adjacent the front edge 302 a , defines a component slot 304 a , and includes a side wall mounting section 304 b extending from a distal end of the component mounting feature 304 . A plurality of component mounting features 306 a , 306 b , 306 c , and 306 d extend from the top surface 302 c of the base 302 in a spaced apart relationship on the top surface 302 c of the component support surface 300 . A plurality of coupling apertures 308 are defined by the base 302 and located in a spaced apart relationship on the base 302 . In an embodiment, the component support surface 300 is fabricated from a conventional sheet metal known in the art. Referring now to FIG. 4 , a chassis cover 400 is illustrated. The chassis cover 400 includes a substantially planar base 402 having a front edge 402 a , a rear edge 402 b located opposite the front edge 402 a , a top surface 402 c extending between the front edge 402 a and the rear edge 402 b , and a plurality of side walls 404 a and 404 b extending from opposite sides of the base 402 and between the front edge 402 a and the rear edge 402 b . In an exemplary embodiment, the chassis cover 400 is fabricated from a convention sheet metal known in the art. Referring now to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 5 a , 5 b , and 5 c , a method 500 for reinforcing a chassis is illustrated. The method 500 begins at step 502 where a chassis is provided. The component support surface 300 is positioned in the component housing 206 on the chassis section 200 such that the front edge 302 a of the component support surface 300 is adjacent the front edge 202 a of the chassis reinforcing member 202 and the rear edge 302 b on the component support surface 300 is adjacent the rear edge 202 b on the chassis reinforcing member 202 . Positioning the component support surface 300 in the component housing 206 on the chassis section 200 provides a chassis 502 a . In an embodiment, the chassis 502 a may be the chassis 116 , described above with reference to FIG. 1 . Referring now to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 5 a , 5 b , and 5 c , the method 500 then proceeds to step 504 where the chassis 502 a is reinforced. The component support surface 300 is coupled to the chassis reinforcing member 202 using methods known in the art such as, for example, rolling the edge of the coupling apertures 214 on the chassis reinforcing member 202 over the edge of the coupling apertures 308 on the component support surface 300 , positioning rivets through the coupling apertures 214 and 308 on the chassis reinforcing member 202 and the component support surface 300 , respectively, welding the component support surface 300 to the chassis reinforcing member 202 , combinations thereof, or a variety of other methods known in the art. In an embodiment, any apertures in the chassis 502 a may be shielded to prevent electromagnetic interference to and from components in the chassis 502 a . Furthermore, the side wall mounting section 304 b on the component support surface 300 is coupled to the side wall 204 a on the chassis section 200 . By coupling the component support surface 300 to the chassis section 200 , the chassis reinforcing member 202 is held in a substantially planar orientation by the component support surface 300 , as illustrated in FIGS. 5 a and 5 b . As a result of holding the chassis reinforcing member 202 in a substantially planar orientation, the bend 210 in the chassis reinforcing member 202 is flattened out, which creates a reinforcing force F from the chassis reinforcing member 202 which is directed towards the component housing 206 and creates a stress in the component support surface 300 directed towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIGS. 5 a and 5 b. Referring now to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 5 a , 5 b , 5 c , and 5 d , the method 500 proceeds to step 506 where components are coupled to the chassis 502 a . A power supply component 506 a is coupled to the chassis 502 a by positioning it in the component slot 304 a . A motherboard component 506 b is coupled to the chassis 502 a by positioning it between the component mounting features 306 a , 306 c and 306 d , and a fan component 506 c is coupled to the chassis 502 a by mounting it to the motherboard component 506 b . A disk drive component 506 d is coupled to the chassis 502 a by positioning it between the component mounting features 306 b and 306 c , and a plurality of other components 506 e and 506 f are coupled to the chassis 502 a using methods known in the art. In an embodiment, the components 506 a , 506 b , 506 c , 506 d , 506 e , and 506 f may be components of the information handling system 100 , described above with reference to FIG. 1 . In an embodiment, the bend 210 in chassis reinforcing member 202 is designed such that, with the components 506 a , 506 b , 506 c , 506 d , 506 e , and 506 f coupled to the chassis 502 a , the force F provided by the chassis reinforcing member 202 counteracts the weight of the components 506 a , 506 b , 506 c , 506 d , 506 e , and 506 f and the component support surface 300 and the chassis reinforcing member 202 are oriented in a substantially planar orientation, as illustrated in FIG. 5 c. Referring now to FIGS. 4 , 5 a , 5 d , and 5 e , the method 500 proceeds to step 508 where the chassis cover 400 is coupled to the chassis 502 a . The chassis cover 400 is positioned adjacent the chassis 502 a such that the front edge 402 a on the chassis cover 400 is adjacent the front edge 202 a of the chassis reinforcing member 202 and the rear edge 402 b of the chassis cover 400 is adjacent the rear edge 202 b of the chassis reinforcing member 202 . The side walls 404 a and 404 b on the chassis cover 400 may then be coupled to the side walls 204 a and 204 b , respectively, on the chassis section 200 , as illustrated in FIG. 5 e , using methods known in the art. Referring now to FIGS. 5 a , 5 b , 5 d , 5 e , and 5 f , the method 500 proceeds to step 510 where the chassis 502 a is mounted in a rack. A rack 510 a including a plurality of spaced apart supports 510 aa and 510 ab is provided. The chassis 502 a may then be mounted in the rack 510 a by engaging the sides of the chassis section 200 which are adjacent each of the side walls 204 a and 204 b with the supports 510 aa and 510 ab , respectively. With the chassis 502 a mounted in the rack 510 a , the chassis reinforcing member 202 remains in a substantially planar orientation and substantially parallel to the chassis cover 400 , as illustrated in FIG. 5 f . The bend 210 in the chassis reinforcing member 202 prevents the chassis 502 a from sagging or bowing between the supports 510 aa and 510 ab due to the weight of the components 506 a , 506 b , 506 c , 506 d , 506 e , and 506 f in the component housing 206 , which results in the chassis 502 a taking up minimal space in the rack rather than sagging or bowing into a space reserved for another chassis, and provides an appearance of chassis strength and quality due to the chassis 502 a holding its structure when mounted between the supports 510 aa and 510 ab in rack 510 a . While the component support surface 300 has been illustrated as a chassis floor, the chassis support surface 300 and chassis reinforcing member 202 may be located in different positions and orientation on the chassis 502 a where additional support is needed. Referring now to FIG. 6 , in an alternative embodiment, a chassis section 600 is substantially similar in design and operation to the chassis section 200 , described above with reference to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 4 , 5 a , 5 b , 5 c , 5 d , 5 e , and 5 f , with the provision of a modified crease 602 and a modified bend 604 replacing the creases 208 a and 208 b and the bend 210 . The crease 602 is centrally located on the chassis reinforcing member 202 and results in the bend 604 in the chassis reinforcing member 202 which is directed away from the plane 212 and towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIG. 6 . In an embodiment, the crease 602 and bend 604 in the chassis section 600 may be modified to provide different reinforcing forces for different component and weight distributions in the chassis. Referring now to FIG. 7 , in an alternative embodiment, a chassis section 700 is substantially similar in design and operation to the chassis section 200 , described above with reference to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 4 , 5 a , 5 b , 5 c , 5 d , 5 e , and 5 f , with the provision of a plurality of modified creases 702 a , 702 b , and 702 c and a modified bend 704 replacing the creases 208 a and 208 b and the bend 210 . The creases 702 a , 702 b , and 702 c are located on the chassis reinforcing member 202 in a spaced apart and substantially parallel relationship and result in the bend 704 in the chassis reinforcing member 202 which is directed away from the plane 212 and towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIG. 7 . In an embodiment, the creases 702 a , 702 b , and 702 c and bend 704 in the chassis section 700 may be modified to provide different reinforcing forces for different component and weight distributions in the chassis. Referring now to FIG. 8 , in an alternative embodiment, a chassis section 800 is substantially similar in design and operation to the chassis section 200 , described above with reference to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 4 , 5 a , 5 b , 5 c , 5 d , 5 e , and 5 f , with the provision of a modified bend 802 replacing the creases 208 a and 208 b and the bend 210 . The bend 704 creates an arcuate section of the chassis reinforcing member 202 between the side walls 204 a and 204 b which is directed away from the plane 212 and towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIG. 8 . In an embodiment, the bend 804 in the chassis section 800 may be modified to provide different reinforcing forces for different component and weight distributions in the chassis. Referring now to FIG. 9 , in an alternative embodiment, a chassis section 900 is substantially similar in design and operation to the chassis section 200 , described above with reference to FIGS. 2 a , 2 b , 3 a , 3 b , 4 , 5 a , 5 b , 5 c , 5 d , 5 e , and 5 f , with the provision of a plurality of modified creases 902 a , 902 b , 902 c , and 902 d and a plurality of modified bends 904 a and 904 b replacing the creases 208 a and 208 b and the bend 210 . The creases 902 a , 902 b , 902 c , and 902 d are located on the chassis reinforcing member 202 in a spaced apart and substantially parallel relationship and result in the plurality of bends 904 a and 904 b in the chassis reinforcing member 202 which are spaced apart and substantially parallel and are directed away from the plane 212 and towards the component housing 206 , as illustrated in FIG. 9 . In an embodiment, the creases 902 a , 902 b , 902 c , and 902 d and bends 904 a and 904 b in the chassis section 900 may be modified to provide different reinforcing forces for different component and weight distributions in the chassis. Although illustrative embodiments have been shown and described, a wide range of modification, change and substitution is contemplated in the foregoing disclosure and in some instances, some features of the embodiments may be employed without a corresponding use of other features. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the scope of the embodiments disclosed herein.

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