Definition of Safety factor

1. Noun. The ratio of the breaking stress of a structure to the estimated maximum stress in ordinary use.

Exact synonyms: Factor Of Safety
Generic synonyms: Ratio



Definition of Safety factor

1. Noun. (engineering) The ratio of the maximum stress or load which something can withstand to the stress or load which it was designed to withstand under normal operation. ¹

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Medical Definition of Safety factor

1. The number of times a field line goes around a torus the long way for each time around the short way. In a tokamak, this number is typically near unity in the centre of the plasma and between two and 6 or 8 at the edge. So-called because it helps to determine the degree of stability the plasma has against certain instabilities. The safety factor is the inverse of the rotational transform, and can be expressed mathematically as q = (r Bt)/(R Bp), where r and R are the minor and major radii of the torus, and Bt and Bp are the toroidal and poloidal magnetic fields. (17 Dec 1997)

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Literary usage of Safety factor

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1. Wireless Telegraphy by Jonathan Adolf Wilhelm Zenneck (1915)
"The safety factor.—From Arts. 142 and 144 et seq., it follows that the effect of a given transmitter upon a given receiver is influenced by various ..."

2. Wireless Telegraphy by Jonathan Adolf Wilhelm Zenneck (1915)
"The safety factor.—From Arts. 142 and 144 et seq., it follows that the effect of a given ... The TELEFUNKEN Co. formerly used a safety factor of 3246 ie, ..."

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