kg

Kilogram.

kPa

Kilopascal.

kN

Kilonewton.

KERNMANTLE CONSTRUCTION

A method of constructing synthetic fibre rope where a plaited sheath is layed over a parallel or twisted core. Kernmantle ropes are used with abseiling equipment and emergency rescue lines.

KIBBLE

A crane lifted vessel normally used for hoisting and pouring wet concrete.

KIDNEY BELT

See body belt.

KINKING

Damage to a rope indicated by a sharp permanent twist.

KILOGRAM

A unit for measuring mass (or weight). One litre of water weighs one kilogram. There are 1000kg in a tonne.

KILONEWTON

A unit for measuring force. One kilonewton is approximately equivalent to a weight of 100kg.

KILOPASCAL

A unit for measuring pressure or stress. One kilopascal is approximately equal to 100kg per square meter.

KNEE BRACE

A diagonal brace used to stiffen a column in a steel structure.