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factor of safety
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factor of safety
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noun
the ratio of the maximum
stress
that a structural part or other piece of material can withstand to the maximum stress estimated for it in the use for
which
it is designed.
Also called
safety factor.
Origin:
1855–60
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factor of safety
—
n
Also called:
safety factor
the ratio of the breaking stress of a material or structure to the calculated maximum stress when in use
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Example sentences
For such materials it may be pointless to increase the
factor of safety
.
Design is based upon the
factor of safety
for overturning of an individual
block.
It would be equally unwise to design an onsite wastewater treatment system
without including an adequate design
factor of safety
.
The minimum
factor of safety
may not be less than four for existing
installations.
The designer must determine what
factor of safety
should be used for a particular application.
Freeboard is a
factor of safety
usually expressed in feet above a flood level for purposes of floodplain management.
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