Thread: Why and how is tension measured in lb's?

1. Why and how is tension measured in lb's?

I've been wondering why tension is measured in lb's. And how this is calculated.

Lb's are a unit of weight, yet stringing at a higher tension doesn't give me the impression that the strings/racket feel heavier, especially by >10kg.

Say I string a racket @ 24lb, this is equal to roughly 11kg. What is "significant" of this added 'weight' to my racket?

I do seem confused, but I hope the OP makes it clear what I want to know.

2. tension is the measurement of how tight a string is. it has nothing to do with how heavy the racket is.

3. Originally Posted by kwun
tension is the measurement of how tight a string is. it has nothing to do with how heavy the racket is.
But lb is a unit of weight. How does it measure tension?

4. Originally Posted by Notorious544d
But lb is a unit of weight. How does it measure tension?
if you tie the string, one end on the ceiling, and the other end you hang a 10lbs weight, then the string has a tension of 10lbs.

5. Originally Posted by kwun
if you tie the string, one end on the ceiling, and the other end you hang a 10lbs weight, then the string has a tension of 10lbs.
That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

6. april fools'd

7. Originally Posted by blableblibloblu
april fools'd
maybe. or maybe he feel asleep during secondary school physics class!

8. Originally Posted by kwun
maybe. or maybe he feel asleep during secondary school physics class!
lets just hope its not the latter hahah

9. Lol, I was actually being serious. I genuinely didn't know how it was measured.