Kilogram-force | |
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Unit system | Gravitational metric system |
Unit of | Force |
Symbol | kgf |
Unit conversions | |
1 kgf in ... | ... is equal to ... |
SI units | 9.806650 N |
CGS units | 980,665.0 dyn |
British Gravitational units | 2.204623 lbf |
Absolute English units | 70.93164 pdl |
The kilogram-force (kgf or kg_{F}), or kilopond (kp, from Latin pondus meaning weight), is a gravitational metric unit of force. It is equal to the magnitude of the force exerted on one kilogram of mass in a 65 m/s^{2} gravitational field ( 9.806standard gravity, a conventional value approximating the average magnitude of gravity on Earth).^{[1]} Therefore, one kilogram-force is by definition equal to 65 N.^{[2]}^{[3]} Similarly, a gram-force is 9.80665 mN, and a milligram-force is 9.80665 μN. One kilogram-force is approximately 2.204622 9.806pound-force.
Kilogram-force is a non-standard unit and is classified in SI Metric System as a unit that is unacceptable for use with SI.^{[4]}
The gram-force and kilogram-force were never well-defined units until the CGPM adopted a standard acceleration of gravity of 980.665 cm/s^{2} for this purpose in 1901,^{[5]} though they had been used in low-precision measurements of force before that time. The kilogram-force has never been a part of the International System of Units (SI), which was introduced in 1960. The SI unit of force is the newton.
Prior to this, the unit was widely used in much of the world and it is still in use for some purposes. The thrust of a rocket engine, for example, was measured in kilograms-force in 1940s Germany, in the Soviet Union (where it remained the primary unit for thrust in the Russian space program until at least the late 1980s), and it is still used today in China and sometimes by the European Space Agency.
The term "kilopond" has been declared obsolete^{[6]} and should no longer be used.
It is also used for tension of bicycle spokes,^{[7]} for informal references to pressure in kilograms per square centimeter (1 kp/cm^{2}) which is the technical atmosphere (at) and very close to 1 bar and the standard atmosphere (atm), for the draw weight of bows in archery, and to define the "metric horsepower" (PS) as 75 metre-kiloponds per second.^{[2]} In addition, kilograms force is the standard unit used for Vickers hardness testing.
Base | Force | Weight | Mass | ||
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2nd law of motion | m = F/a | F = W ⋅ a/g | F = m ⋅ a | ||
System | GM | M | CGS | MTS | SI |
Acceleration (a) | m/s^{2} | m/s^{2} | gal | m/s^{2} | m/s^{2} |
Mass (m) | hyl | kilogram | gram | tonne | kilogram |
Force (F), weight (W) |
kilopond | kilopond | dyne | sthène | newton |
Pressure (p) | technical atmosphere | atmosphere | barye | pieze | pascal |
The tonne-force, metric ton-force, megagram-force, and megapond (Mp) are each 1000 kilograms-force.
The decanewton or dekanewton (daN), exactly 10 N, is used in some fields as an approximation to the kilogram-force, because it is close to the 9.80665 N of 1 kgf.
newton (SI unit) |
dyne | kilogram-force, kilopond |
pound-force | poundal | |
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1 N | ≡ 1 kg⋅m/s^{2} | = 10^{5} dyn | ≈ 0.10197 kp | ≈ 0.22481 lbf | ≈ 7.2330 pdl |
1 dyn | = 10^{−5} N | ≡ 1 g⋅cm/s^{2} | ≈ 1.0197 × 10^{−6} kp | ≈ 2.2481 × 10^{−6} lbf | ≈ 7.2330 × 10^{−5} pdl |
1 kp | = 9.80665 N | = 980665 dyn | ≡ g_{n} ⋅ (1 kg) | ≈ 2.2046 lbf | ≈ 70.932 pdl |
1 lbf | ≈ 4.448222 N | ≈ 444822 dyn | ≈ 0.45359 kp | ≡ g_{n} ⋅ (1 lb) | ≈ 32.174 pdl |
1 pdl | ≈ 0.138255 N | ≈ 13825 dyn | ≈ 0.014098 kp | ≈ 0.031081 lbf | ≡ 1 lb⋅ft/s^{2} |
The value of g_{n} as used in the official definition of the kilogram-force is used here for all gravitational units. |
The recommended tension for spokes in bicycle wheels can be as low as 80 Kilograms force (Kfg) and as high as 230 Kilograms force.
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