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K coefficient

1. n. [Formation Evaluation]
With reference to the spontaneous potential log, the coefficient, K, in the equation relating electrochemical potential to the chemical activity of the mud filtrate and formation water. Ec = - K log10 (aw / amf). The coefficient is equal to kT/e in which k is the Boltzman's constant, e is the electron charge and T is the absolute temperature. K is equal to 71 at 25oC [77oF], 12 from the liquid junction potential and 59 from the membrane potential for a perfect shale.