Some of the initial questions may be with respect to the overall logistics, such as:
- When do you need the results?
As CFD consultants, we are at the “end-of-the-line” and are often challenged with tight timelines because the client really needed the results “yesterday”. Fortunately, our proficiency and creativity allow us to be responsive to even the most urgent deadlines.
Once the initial introductions and logistics are taken care of, the conversation typically turns very technical and dives into the application itself. There is no set script, but often we start with the end goal in mind (a habit we get from writing custom programs), by asking:
- What type of performance insight do you need to see?
The answer to this question will influence even our initial approach to the problem. From there, we will continue to dig deep into the complexity and physics of the application.
- Are CAD models/drawings available?
- What assumptions can be made?
- Are certain input values (flow rates, temperatures, material properties) available?
Fig. 1: Regardless of the application, we ask a lot of questions in order to have a thorough understanding and ensure success.
As engineers, we are both analytical and curious by nature. So along the way, we will also ask questions about the product and its function and history.
One of our final questions may be:
- What is the budget available?
By understanding any budget constraints ahead of time, we may be able to be creative and find a solution that will meet that criteria as well.
Ultimately for the collaboration to move forward, the objective of these questions is to answer a big one for both parties:
- Can we deliver the results you need, when you need them, at a cost that is within your budget?
For more information on how we interact with our clients, please watch this concise overview.