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The **kilogram-force** (**kgf** or **kg _{F}**), or

Kilogram-force is a non-standard unit and does not comply with the SI Metric System.

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, 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.

It is also used for tension of bicycle spokes,^{[4]} 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]}

Base | force, length, time | weight, length, time | mass, length, time | ||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Force (F) | F = m·a = w·a/g | F = m·a/g_{c} = w·a/g | F = m·a = w·a/g | ||

Weight (w) | w = m·g | w = m·g/g_{c} ≈ m | w = m·g | ||

System | GM | M | CGS | MTS | SI |

Acceleration (a) | m/s^{2} | m/s^{2} | Gal | m/s^{2} | m/s^{2} |

Mass (m) | hyl | kg | g | t | kg |

Force (F) | kp | kp | dyn | sn | N |

Pressure (p) | at | atm | Ba | pz | Pa |

The **tonne-force**, **metric ton-force**, **megagram-force**, and **megapond** (**Mp**) are each 1000 kilograms-force.

The **decanewton** or **dekanewton** (**daN**) is used in some fields as an approximation to the kilogram-force, being exactly rather than approximately 10 newtons.

newton (SI unit) | dyne | kilogram-force,kilopond | pound-force | poundal | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 N | ≡ 1 kg·m/s^{2} | = 10^{5} dyn | ≈ 0.10197 kp | ≈ 0.22481 lb_{F} | ≈ 7.2330 pdl |

1 dyn | = 10^{−5} N | ≡ 1 g·cm/s^{2} | ≈ 1.0197 × 10^{−6} kp | ≈ 2.2481 × 10^{−6} lb_{F} | ≈ 7.2330 × 10^{−5} pdl |

1 kp | = 9.80665 N | = 980665 dyn | ≡ g_{n}·(1 kg) | ≈ 2.2046 lb_{F} | ≈ 70.932 pdl |

1 lb_{F} | ≈ 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 lb_{F} | ≡ 1 lb·ft/s^{2} |

The value of g as used in the official definition of the kilogram-force is used here for all gravitational units._{n} |

**^***The international system of units (SI)*– United States Department of Commerce, NIST Special Publication 330, 2008, p. 52- ^
^{a}^{b}NIST*Guide for the Use of the International System of Units (SI)*Special Publication 811, (1995) page 51 **^**BIPM SI brochure, chapter 2.2.2.**^**Park Tool. "Balancing wheel tension with the TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2013-09-03. "The recommended tension for spokes in bicycle wheels can be as low as 80 Kilograms force (Kfg) and as high as 230 Kilograms force."**^**Michael R. Lindeburg (2011).*Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the Pe Exam*. Professional Publications. ISBN 1591263417.**^**Wurbs, Ralph A,*Fort Hood Review Sessions for Professional Engineering Exam*, retrieved October 26, 2011