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permeability thickness

1. n. [Well Testing]

The product of formation permeability, k, and producing formation thickness, h, in a producing well, referred to as kh. This product is the primary finding of buildup and drawdown tests and is a key factor in the flow potential of a well. It is used for a large number of reservoir engineering calculations such as prediction of future performance, secondary and tertiary recovery potential, and potential success of well-stimulation procedures. Obtaining the best possible value of this product is the primary objective of transient well tests. To separate the elements of the product, it is necessary to have some independent measurement of one of them, usually the estimation of producing formation thickness from well logs. Permeability is then calculated, provided that the fluid formation volume factor and viscosity are known. The accuracy of the calculated permeability is entirely dependent on the accuracy of the estimated formation thickness and the fluid properties.

Alternate Form: kh

See: buildup testdrawdown testsecondary recoverytertiary recovery