Re: Flow in oil and gas wells
I am not an expert on oil and gas - most of my experience is with water wells.
I agree with your logic here - greater open area to your well should increase flow rate. However if you are depending on formation pressure to push the fluid into the hole - that will decrease as the flow rate (and open area) increases. So I suspect that there is an optimum balance there. I suggest contacting an expert on oil and gas, try Schlumberger website ( they have a great oilfield glossary), maybe Halliburton, call an oil field services company near you and see if you can have a quick talk with an expert. Good luck!!