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Encyclopedia > Gigapascal

The gigapascal, symbol GPa is an SI unit of pressure. It is equal to 1,000,000,000 pascals (Pa), or about 10000 atmospheres. The International System of Units (symbol: SI) (for the French phrase Système International dUnités) is the most widely used system of units. ... Pressure (symbol: p or P) is the measure of the force that acts on a unit area. ... The pascal (symbol Pa) is the SI unit of pressure. ...


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