Definitions for factor of safety

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word factor of safety

Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. safety factor, factor of safety(noun)

    the ratio of the breaking stress of a structure to the estimated maximum stress in ordinary use

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Factor of safety

    Factor of safety, also known as safety factor, is a term describing the structural capacity of a system beyond the expected loads or actual loads. Essentially, how much stronger the system is than it usually needs to be for an intended load. Safety factors are often calculated using detailed analysis because comprehensive testing is impractical on many projects, such as bridges and buildings, but the structure's ability to carry load must be determined to a reasonable accuracy. Many systems are purposefully built much stronger than needed for normal usage to allow for emergency situations, unexpected loads, misuse, or degradation.

Translation

Find a translation for the factor of safety definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these factor of safety definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"factor of safety." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 4 Mar. 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/factor of safety>.

Are we missing a good definition for factor of safety? Don't keep it to yourself...


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for factor of safety:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.