Converting Atmospheres to Pounds Per Square Inch or PSI

Worked Pressure Unit Conversion Problem

This example problem demonstrates how to convert the pressure unit atmospheres to pounds per square inch (psi).

Problem:
The pressure under the ocean increases roughly 0.1 atm per meter. At 1 km, the water pressure is 99.136 atmospheres. What is this pressure in pounds per square inch?​

Solution:
1 atm = 14.696 psi

Set up the conversion so the desired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want psi to be the remaining unit.



pressure in psi = (pressure in atm) x (14.696 psi/1 atm)
pressure in psi = (99.136 x 14.696) psi
pressure in psi = 1456.9 psi

Answer:
The pressure at a depth of 1 km is 1456.9 psi.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Atmospheres to Pounds Per Square Inch or PSI." ThoughtCo, Feb. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/converting-atmospheres-to-pounds-608942. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, February 13). Converting Atmospheres to Pounds Per Square Inch or PSI. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-atmospheres-to-pounds-608942 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Atmospheres to Pounds Per Square Inch or PSI." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-atmospheres-to-pounds-608942 (accessed December 15, 2017).