# model factor-of-safety command

Syntax

- model factor-of-safety <keyword> ...
Set factor of safety analysis parameters. See the section ref-factorofsafety- for a complete description. The following keywords apply.

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- associated
Apply associated flow rule. The dilation angle is set equal to the friction angle, as modified by the factor of safety procedure. (By default, the nonassociated flow applies.) Note that even in a nonassociated flow rule, the dilation is not allowed to become greater than the friction.

- bracket f1 f2
Set two starting bracket values. Factor of safety calculation stops with a warning message issued if it turns out that the factor of safety falls outside of the specified brackets. If f1 = f2, FLAC3D tests one value for stability.

- characteristic-steps i
Set the characteristic response steps. If not specified, i is tested using the existing perturbation method.

- convergence f
Specifies the convergence value used to determine equilibrium. See the discussion of ratio options in ref-equilibrium-.

- filename s
Sets the file name prefix used to identify save files created during the factor of safety calculation. Three files will be created during the process. For example, if the prefix given was test, then the filenames test-Init.f3sav, test-Stable.f3sav, and test-Unstable.f3sav will be created. These files represent the

*initial*state, the last*stable*state, and the last*unstable*state, respectively.

- interface
Specify which interface properties to change during analysis. The user may include or exclude specific interface properties from the list. Note that factor of safety calculations in large strain mode are not supported if interfaces are present.

- list
Display the last factor of safety result.

- perturbation f
Set the stress perturbation factor. This is used in determining the characteristic response steps, by perturbing the model from its current (assumed) equilibrium state by adjusting the stress field and not allowing failure. The default factor is 2.0.

- ratio f
Specify the unbalanced force ratio used to determine equilibrium. If this is not explicitly set, the program uses the current value used by the previous

`model solve`

command. The default is 1e-5.

- ratio-average f
Specify the unbalanced force ratio used to determine equilibrium, and that the average ratio be used. See the discussion of ratio options in ref-equilibrium-.

- ratio-local f
Specify the unbalanced force ratio used to determine equilibrium, and that the local ratio be used. See the discussion of ratio options in ref-equilibrium-.

- ratio-maximum f
Specify the unbalanced force ratio used to determine equilibrium, and that the maximum ratio be used. See the discussion of ratio options in ref-equilibrium-.

- resolution f
Set the resolution in comparing two bracketing (stable and unstable) factors. The default is .005 × the mean value. Once the gap betwen the to known stable and unstable factors is less than this value, the factor of safety calculation will end.

- step-limit i
Set a limit on the number of characteristic steps allowed. If the characteristic steps would be above this limit the check is halted and this value is used. The default value is 200,000.

- zone keyword
Specify which interface properties to change during analysis. The user may include or exclude specific zone properties from the list. By default the list of properties being included is friction, cohesion, joint-cohesion, and joint-friction.

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