Revolutions per minute
Revolutions per minute (abbreviated rpm, RPM, rev/min, r/min, or with the notation min^{−1}) is the number of turns in one minute. It is a unit of rotational speed or the frequency of rotation around a fixed axis.
Revolutions per minute  

Unit of  Rotational speed 
Symbol  rpm or r/min 
Conversions  
1 rpm in ...  ... is equal to ... 
SI angular speed  2π/60 rad/s ≈ 0.1047198 rad/s 
SI frequency  1/60 Hz ≈ 0.01666667 Hz 
SI derived rotational frequency  1/60 s^{−1}, 1/60/s 
SI derived rotational speed  1 min^{−1}, 1/min 
International System of Units
According to the International System of Units (SI), rpm is not a unit. This is because the word revolution is a semantic annotation rather than a unit. The annotation is instead done as a subscript of the formula sign if needed. Because of the measured physical quantity, the formula sign has to be f for (rotational) frequency and ω or Ω for angular velocity. The corresponding basic SI derived unit is s^{−1} or Hz. When measuring angular speed, the unit radians per second is used.

Although they have the same dimensions (s^{−1}), hertz (Hz) and radian per second (rad/s) are two different units, representing two different but proportional ISQ quantities: frequency and angular frequency (angular speed, magnitude of angular velocity). The conversions between a frequency f (measured in hertz) and an angular velocity ω (measured in radians per second) are:
Thus a disc rotating at 60 rpm is said to be rotating at either 2π rad/s or 1 Hz, where the former measures the angular velocity and the latter reflects the number of revolutions per second.
If the nonSI unit rpm is considered a unit of frequency, then 1 rpm = 1/60 Hz. If it instead is considered a unit of angular velocity and the word "revolution" is considered to mean 2π radians, then 1 rpm = 2π/60 rad/s.
Examples
 On many kinds of disc recording media, the rotational speed of the medium under the read head is a standard given in rpm. Phonograph (gramophone) records, for example, typically rotate steadily at 16 ^{2}⁄_{3}, 33 ^{1}⁄_{3}, 45 or 78 rpm (0.28, 0.55, 0.75, or 1.3 Hz respectively).
 Modern air turbine dental drills can rotate at up to 800,000 rpm (13.3 kHz).
 The second hand of a conventional analog clock rotates at 1 rpm.
 Audio CD players read their discs at a precise, constant rate (4.3218 Mbit/s of raw physical data for 1.4112 Mbit/s (176.4 kB/s) of usable audio data) and thus must vary the disc's rotational speed from 8 Hz (480 rpm) when reading at the innermost edge, to 3.5 Hz (210 rpm) at the outer edge.[1]
 DVD players also usually read discs at a constant linear rate. The disc's rotational speed varies from 25.5 Hz (1530 rpm) when reading at the innermost edge, to 10.5 Hz (630 rpm) at the outer edge.[1]
 A washing machine's drum may rotate at 500 to 2,000 rpm (8–33 Hz) during the spin cycles.
 A power generation turbine (with a twopole alternator) rotates at 3000 rpm (50 Hz) or 3600 rpm (60 Hz), depending on country – see AC power plugs and sockets.
 Modern automobile engines are typically operated around 2,000–3,000 rpm (33–50 Hz) when cruising, with a minimum (idle) speed around 750–900 rpm (12.5–15 Hz), and an upper limit anywhere from 4500 to 10,000 rpm (75–166 Hz) for a road car, or nearly (sometimes over) 20,000 rpm for racing engines such as those in Formula 1 cars (during the 2006 season, with the 2.4 L N/A V8 engine configuration; currently limited to 15,000 rpm, with the 1.6 L V6 turbohybrid engine configuration).[2] The exhaust note of V8 F1 cars have a much higher pitch than an I4 engine, because each of the cylinders of a fourstroke engine fires once for every two revolutions of the crankshaft. Thus an eightcylinder engine turning 300 times per second will have an exhaust note of 1,200 Hz.
 A piston aircraft engine typically rotates at a rate between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm (30–50 Hz).
 Computer hard drives typically rotate at 5,400 or 7,200 rpm (90 or 120 Hz), the most common speeds for the ATA or SATAbased drives in consumer models. Highperformance drives (used in fileservers and enthusiastgaming PCs) rotate at 10,000 or 15,000 rpm (160 or 250 Hz), usually with higherlevel SATA, SCSI or Fibre Channel interfaces and smaller platters to allow these higher speeds, the reduction in storage capacity and ultimate outeredge speed paying off in much quicker access time and average transfer speed thanks to the high spin rate. Until recently, lowerend and powerefficient laptop drives could be found with 4,200 or even 3,600 rpm spindle speeds (70 and 60 Hz), but these have fallen out of favour due to their lower performance, improvements in energy efficiency in faster models and the takeup of solidstate drives for use in slimline and ultraportable laptops. Similar to CD and DVD media, the amount of data that can be stored or read for each turn of the disc is greater at the outer edge than near the spindle; however, hard drives keep a constant rotational speed so the effective data rate is faster at the edge (conventionally, the "start" of the disc, opposite to a CD or DVD).
 Floppy disc drives typically ran at a constant 300 or occasionally 360 rpm (a relatively slow 5 or 6 Hz) with a constant perrevolution data density, which was simple and inexpensive to implement, though inefficient. Some designs such as those used with older Apple computers (Lisa, early Macintosh, later II's) were more complex and used variable rotational speeds and pertrack storage density (at a constant read/record rate) to store more data per disc; for example, between 394 rpm (with 12 sectors per track) and 590 rpm (8 sectors) with Mac's 800 KB doubledensity drive at a constant 39.4 KB/s (max) – versus 300 rpm, 720 KB and 23 KB/s (max) for doubledensity drives in other machines.[3]
 A Zippetype centrifuge for enriching uranium spins at 90,000 rpm (1,500 Hz) or faster.[4]
 Gas turbine engines rotate at tens of thousands of rpm. JetCat model aircraft turbines are capable of over 100,000 rpm (1,700 Hz) with the fastest reaching 165,000 rpm (2,750 Hz).[5]
 A Flywheel energy storage system works at 60,000–200,000 rpm (1–3 kHz) range using a passively magnetic levitated flywheel in a vacuum.[6] The choice of the flywheel material is not the most dense, but the one that pulverises the most safely, at surface speeds about 7 times the speed of sound.
 A typical 80 mm, 30 CFM computer fan will spin at 2,600–3,000 rpm (43–50 Hz) on 12V DC power.
 A millisecond pulsar can have near 50,000 rpm (833 Hz).
 A turbocharger can reach 290,000 rpm (4.8 kHz), while 80,000–200,000 rpm (1–3 kHz) is common.
 A supercharger can spin at speeds between or as high as 50,00065,000 rpm (833–1083 Hz)
 Molecular microbiology – molecular engines. The rotation rates of bacterial flagella have been measured to be 10,200 rpm (170 Hz) for Salmonella typhimurium, 16,200 rpm (270 Hz) for Escherichia coli, and up to 102,000 rpm (1,700 Hz) for polar flagellum of Vibrio alginolyticus, allowing the latter organism to move in simulated natural conditions at a maximum speed of 540 mm/h.[7]
See also
 Constant angular velocity (CAV) – used when referring to the speed of gramophone (phonograph) records
 Constant linear velocity (CLV) – used when referring to the speed of audio CDs
 Radian per second
 Rotational speed
 Corrected speed
 Turn (geometry)
 Idle speed
 Overspeed (engine)
 Redline
 Rev limiter
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