Cubic foot

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The cubic foot is an imperial and US customary (non-metric) unit of volume, used in the United States and the United Kingdom. It is defined as the volume of a cube with sides of one foot (0.3048 m) in length. Its volume is 28.3168 litres or about 135 of a cubic metre.

A cubic foot of water weighs 62 pounds (28 kg).


1 cubic foot  = 1728 cubic inches
=127 of a cubic yard
0.037037037037037 cu yd
= 0.028316846592 cubic metres
= 28.316846592 litres
= 57677 US fluid gallons
= 1728231 US fl gal
7.48051948 US fl gal
= 7372877 US fluid ounces
957.50649350 US fl oz
6.22883546 imperial gallons
996.61367 imperial fluid ounces
0.803563913 US bushels
0.1781076 oil barrel


There is no universally agreed abbreviations but the following are used:

  • cubic feet, cubic foot, cubic ft, cu ft, cuft, cu.ft, cb ft, cbft, cb.ft, cbf, cu feet, cu foot, ft3, feet3, foot3, feet/-3, foot/-3, ft/-3  ft
  • CCF for 100 cubic feet (C denotes centum, hundred. Also HCF where H stands for hundred. Used in the billing of natural gas and water delivered to households.)
  • MCF for 1000 cubic feet (M denotes mil, thousand)
  • MMCF for 1000000 cubic feet (28000 m3)
  • MMCFD for millions of cubic feet per day.[1]
  • BCF for a billion cubic feet[2]
  • TCF for a trillion cubic feet.[1][2]
  • TMC for thousand million cubic feet (usually used for referring to storage capacity and actual storage volume of storage dams)

Cubic foot per second[edit]

There is no universally agreed symbol but the following are used.

  • ft3/s
  • cu ft/s
  • cfs
  • ft^3/sec
  • ft3/sec
  • cusec

Cubic foot per minute[edit]

There is no universally agreed symbol but the following are used.

  • ft3/min
  • CFPM
  • CFM

Standard cubic foot[edit]

Main article: Standard cubic foot

A standard cubic foot (abbreviated scf) is a measure of quantity of gas, sometimes but not always[clarification needed] defined in terms of standard temperature and pressure as a cubic foot of volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.56 °C; 288.71 K) and 14.7 pounds per square inch (PSI) (1.01 bar; 101.35 kPa) of pressure.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Used in the oil and gas industry.
  2. ^ a b The terms billion and trillion as used here refer to the short scale definitions, 109 and 1012 respectively.