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Foot-pound | |
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Unit system | English engineering units and British gravitational system |

Unit of | Energy |

Symbol | ft⋅lbf or ft⋅lb |

Conversions | |

1 ft⋅lbf in ... | ... is equal to ... |

SI units | 1.355818 J |

CGS units | 13,558,180 erg |

The **foot-pound force** (symbol: **ft⋅lbf**, ^{[1]} **ft⋅lb _{f}**,

The foot-pound is often used to specify the muzzle energy of a bullet in small arms ballistics, particularly in the United States.

The term *foot-pound* is also used as a unit of torque (see *pound-foot (torque)*). In the United States this is often used to specify, for example, the tightness of a fastener (such as screws and nuts) or the output of an engine. Although they are dimensionally equivalent, energy (a scalar) and torque (a Euclidean vector) are distinct physical quantities. Both energy and torque can be expressed as a product of a force vector with a displacement vector (hence pounds and feet); energy is the scalar product of the two, and torque is the vector product.

Although calling the torque unit "pound-foot" has been academically suggested, both are still commonly called "foot-pound" in colloquial usage. To avoid confusion, it is not uncommon for people to specify each as "foot-pound of energy" or "foot-pound of torque" respectively.

1 foot pound-force is equivalent to:

- 1.355 817 948 331 400 4 joules
- 13558179.483314004 ergs
- about 1.285×10
^{−3}British thermal units - 0.323832 calories
- 8.462238×10
^{+18}eV = 8.462238 EeV = 8.462238×10^{+9}GeV

1 foot pound-force per second is equivalent to:

- 1.3558179483314 watts
- 1.818×10
^{−3}horsepower

Related conversions:

- 1 watt ≈ 44.25372896 ft⋅lbf/min = 0.737562149333 ft⋅lbf/s
- 1 horsepower (mechanical) = 33,000 ft⋅lbf/min = 550 ft⋅lbf/s