Wear-resistant steel plate, also called abrasion-resistant or AR plate, is made from steel billets and comes in many grades. Alloys like carbon, manganese, nickel, chrome and boron are added in different proportions. The grades therefore have different mechanical and chemical properties that will produce different results in an end product.
Carbon plays a key role in making the wear plate steel abrasion- and wear-resistant because it increases the steel’s hardness and toughness. But too much carbon alloy will reduce the steel’s tensile strength, making it brittle and susceptible to cracking.
That’s why good steelmaking processes are vital. You need just the right “recipe” with a balance of alloying, heat treatment and chemistry to achieve the properties you want. At SSAB, we believe we have perfected our recipe for producing steels with maximum toughness yet with a low enough carbon content to maximize plate weldability and maintain hardenability as the plate thickness increases.
Wear-resistant steel is tougher and harder than conventional steel plate and can last up to 4 times longer than conventional high-strength steel.
But which grade and steel type are right for you and your project? SSAB’s experts will help you find the perfect match for your application and the right balance between hardness, strength and formability.
In addition to strong and tough Hardox® wear plate, our family of wear-fighting steels includes: