*[crude oil refining]* The K factor or characterization factor is a systematic way of classifying a crude oil according to is paraffinic, naphthenic, intermediate or aromatic nature. 12.5 or higher indicate a crude oil of predominantly paraffinic constituents, while 10 or lower indicate a crude of more aromatic nature. The K factor is also re

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The factor in the torque tightening equation: T=KDF where T is the fastener tightening torque in Newton metres, D is the fastener diameter in metres, F is the fasteners preload in Newtons and K is a factor whose value is often taken as 0.2. The formula gives the approximate tightening torque for standard fasteners used under normal conditions.

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Tensile strength in pounds per square inch divided by the Brinell Hardness number.

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*[traffic engineering]* In transportation engineering, the K-factor is defined as the proportion of annual average daily traffic occurring in an hour. This factor is used for designing and analyzing the flow of traffic on highways. K factors must be calculated at a continuous count station, usually a `Automatic Traffic Recorder,` for a year b

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