# Cubic Yards to Tons Calculator

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What does cubic yard stand for?What does a ton mean?What is formula for converting cubic yards to tons using density?How to use cubic yards to tons calculatorFAQsUsing this cubic yards to tons calculator, you can **estimate the mass in tons of any substance of known density from its volume in cubic yards**. Not only that, but with our tool, you can **convert the mass in metric tons to US tons, long tons, pounds, kilograms, and vice versa**. We also explain how to convert the mass in metric tons to long tons and US tons.

In this article on our cubic yard to tons calculator, you will also find answers to questions like

- How much does a metric ton weigh;
- Are short tons the same as metric tons; and
- What does a ton mean?

Similarly, our Gallons to pounds converter will help you figure out how many pounds to a gallon of a given fluid.

## What does cubic yard stand for?

A cubic yard (*cu yd*) is the **volume of a cube with the length, width, and height of one yard ( yd).**

- 1 yd = 3 ft 36 in = 0.9144 m
- 1 cu yd = 27 ft
^{3}= 0.76 m^{3}

For more on volume conversion, head to our volume converter.

## What does a ton mean?

A **ton** stands for a **short ton** mainly in the US, a **long ton** in the UK, or a **metric ton** in some other countries. On the other hand, a __tonne__ means only a __metric ton__.

🙋 A **metric ton** weighs exactly 1000 kilograms.

A **US ton or short ton** weighs around 907.185 kilograms.

An **imperial ton or long ton** weighs about 1016.047 kilograms.

## What is formula for converting cubic yards to tons using density?

We estimate mass of a substance from its volume using the formula:

**mass = density ⨯ volume**

To find the **mass in metric tons** from the volume in cubic yards:

- Substitute in the formula the density in
**metric tons per cubic yards**and the volume in**cubic yards**.

To find the **mass in US tons** from the volume in cubic yards:

- Substitute in the formula the density in
**US tons per cubic yards**and the volume in**cubic yards**.

To find the **mass in imperial tons** from the volume in cubic yards:

- Substitute in the formula the density in
**imperial tons per cubic yards**and the volume in**cubic yards**.

## How to use cubic yards to tons calculator

If you want to calculate how much space 2 metric tons of mercury occupies using our cubic yards to tons calculator:

**Select Metals**for`Substance`

in the first row.**Choose Mercury**from the drop-down list in the second row. The calculator displays`Density`

as 13,546 kg/m^{3}.**Check**that the unit for`Mass`

is t (for metric tons).**Enter 2**in the input box for`Mass`

.

That's all. The tool displays the volume in cubic yards- **0.1931 cu yd**. We have more tools that estimate the amount of mass contained in a given volume. Our Gallons to kilograms converter and Milliliters to grams converter employ the same principle.

Let's try another problem:

❓ How many tons are 15 cubic yards of topsoil?

Our list doesn't contain 'Topsoil'. So, follow the instructions below to find the mass of topsoil in metric tons:

- The standard density of topsoil is 1600 kg/m
^{3}.**Enter 1600**in the input box for`Density`

. **Enter 15**in the input box for`Volume`

.

The answer is **18.35 t** of topsoil! So easy, right? Now, before you can claim mastery over volume-to-weight conversion, check out our tbsp to grams converter!

### How many cubic yards is 3 tons of rock?

In construction, we consider the density of rock is 1.5 short tons per cubic yard. To find the rock's volume in cubic yards, **multiply 3 tons by rock's density in tons per cubic yard**. Therefore, 3 __short tons__ of rock has a volume of **4.5 cubic yards**.

### Are short tons the same as metric tons?

No. A **short ton** or the US ton weighs about **907.185 kg** whereas a **metric ton** or tonne is equal to **1000 kg**.

### How do I convert the mass in metric tons to US tons?

To convert the mass in metric tons (tonnes) to the US tons (short tons), **multiply the mass in metric tons by 1.10231**. For example,

- 3 t = 3 × 1.10231 = 3.307 short tons.

### How do I convert the mass in metric tons to long tons?

To convert the mass in metric tons (tonnes) to the long tons (imperial tons), **multiply the mass in metric tons by 0.984207**. For example,

- 3 t = 3 × 0.984207 = 2.9526 long tons.

### How do I convert cubic yards into metric tons?

To convert a cubic yard measurement to a metric ton measurement:

**Multiply**the substance's volume in cubic yards by**0.76**to express the volume in cubic meters.**Multiply**the volume in cubic meters by the substance's**density in kg/m**. Now you have the substance's^{3}__mass in kilograms__.**Divide**this value by**1,000**to convert from kilograms to metric tons.