Infinite Conductivity Fracture

Definition - What does Infinite Conductivity Fracture mean?

An Infinite Conductivity Fracture is a crack disseminated from a well because of hydraulic fracturing at zero pressure during the production phase. The infinite conductivity fracture depends on large value of flow capacity fractures, i.e., more than 10,000 md feet and generally yields a linear fracture flow response. A fracture is considered to be an Infinite Conductivity Fracture if the coefficient of fluid is more than 100.

Petropedia explains Infinite Conductivity Fracture

Infinite Conductivity Fracturing is an effective measure which is used to increase the productivity of damaged wells. It is essential as the fractures induced help to determine transient pressure behavior and well performance. It provides various methods that are based on numerical solutions of fluid flow toward fractured wells. This type of conductivity fracturing via hydraulic fracturing leads to linear fracture flow which only happens for fractures with high conductivity. The hydrocarbon flow inside the fracture conductivity will occur as a linear flow if there is uniform flux into a fracture, i.e., if there is same flow rate from the formation per unit cross-sectional area of the fracture at all points along the fracture.

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