Kip (unit)

A kip is a US customary unit of force. It equals 1000 pounds-force and is used primarily by architects and civil engineers to indicate engineering loads where the pound-force is too small a unit. Although uncommon, it is occasionally also considered a unit of mass, equal to 1000 pounds, i.e., one half of a short ton. One use is as a unit of deadweight to compute shipping charges.

Unit ofForce
1 kip in ...... is equal to ...
   SI units   4.44822 kN
   US customary units   1000 lbf
1 kip = 4448.2216 N = 4.4482216 kN[1]

The name comes from combining the words "kilo" and "pound"; it is occasionally called a kilopound. Its symbol is kip, or less frequently, klb. When it is necessary to clearly distinguish it as a unit of force rather than mass, it is sometimes called the kip-force (symbol kipf or klbf).

Note that the symbol kp usually stands for a different unit of force, the kilopond or kilogram-force used primarily in Europe prior to the introduction of SI units.

The kip is also the name of a unit of mass equal to approximately 9.19 kilograms. This usage is now obsolete. It was formerly used in Malaysia.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Van Valkenburg, Mac E. (2002). Reference Data for Engineers Radio, Electronics, Computers and Communications. p. 3-15. ISBN 9780750672917. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ kip at
  3. ^ Kelly, Patrick (1832). Oriental Metrology. London: Longman Rees Orme. p. 96.