Definition of safety factor in English:

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safety factor


1A margin of security against risks.
Example sentences
  • Placing your hard-earned money with less secure firms in less well-regulated regimes because their offers are more enticing is simply taking on an increased element of risk and lowering your safety factor - perhaps unwisely.
  • When no studies of the developmental toxicity of a pesticide have been undertaken, EPA should automatically incorporate a child-protective safety factor into risk assessment.
  • Other benefits of a diesel installation of this sort include the safety factor (as there is less risk of combustible instances!) and increased deck space.
1.1 technical The ratio of a material’s strength to an expected strain.
Example sentences
  • The nonlinear loading conditions of the plastic hinges were analyzed to assess their rotation capacity and shear strength, and a safety factor to prevent the progressive collapse was calculated.
  • A series of plots of contours and critical surfaces corresponding to a number of stability ratios and tunnel depth to diameter ratios were devised and the relationship between the safety factor and stability ratio was obtained.
  • The overall stability is governed by a failure mechanism passing below the structure with a safety factor of 2.11 under the undrained condition and 2.28 under the long-term drained condition.

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Syllabification: safe·ty fac·tor

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