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FPS-Joule Calculator

FPS is a unit of speed (feet per second) which, in airsoft, usually refers to the speed of a BB as it leaves the barrel of an airsoft gun.

A Joule is a unit of kinetic energy. The faster and heavier an object is, the more kinetic energy it has. For example, a BB might leave the barrel with 0.3J of energy.

Kinetic Energy is calculated as Mass multiplied by Velocity squared and then halved. Algebraically this is shown as

KE = 0.5 x M x V²

However, this is assuming that you are using standard units, which would be kilograms and metres-per-second. As we are using grams and feet-per-second we must modify the formula.

KE = 0.5 x (M / 1000) x (V / 3.2808399)²

So, a 0.20g BB shot with a speed of 300FPS has a kinetic energy of 0.836127 Joules.

 

Kinetic Energy Calculator