> I am guessing, but an academic or professional
> consultant will honour the clients information
> requirements regardless of how silly or
> impractical they might consider the overall
> strategy. I think Fabio, assuming he had the
> basics of your overall concept, would have likely
> leaped ahead in his mind somewhat and saw the
> major complications of building a device strong
> enough to contain massive weight of water (stress)
> and need for baffling to avoid slosh and
> agitation. He started to get into complicated
> things like resonance issues etc.
I tend to agree. I suspect Fabio immediately recognised and therefore addressed anything that he saw as a possible shortcoming. Hence his zeroing in on the structural integrity of the large wooden rectangular water container.
Wooden beer barrels are the shape they are for good reason. Nothing whatsoever to do with cute aesthetics.