Abrasion Resistant Steel

Abrasion Resistant Steel Plate

Abrasion resistant steel plate is also known in the engineering industry by a variety of other names which include:

  • Wear resistant plate
  • Wear plate
  • 400 Brinell plate


This range of steel plate products has been developed specifically for long service life in abrasive conditions. These products are suitable for a variety of applications in areas such as mining and quarrying, process industries, material handling and construction, and earthmoving. As designers and plant operators strive to extend service life of critical components and reduce the effect of unscheduled maintenance downtime, the benefits of employing wear resistant material in applications involving impact and/or sliding contact with abrasive material are immense.

Steel plate for use in abrasive conditions is unusual in that it is more widely specified by a brand name than by a particular national or international steel specification. Many steel plate manufacturers produce their own brand of abrasion resistant steel and these are usually distinguished by a brand name followed by the hardness of the steel which is measured in Brinell units. The harder a steel the more difficult it is to fabricate and weld. For this reason steel with hardness of around 400 Brinell is the most commonly specified and used. However hot rolled steel plate products for more exacting abrasive conditions are readily available in 500 Brinell hardness while even harder steel plates are also manufactured.

Brown McFarlane and Abrasion Resistant Steel Plate

We supply abrasion resistant steel in the form of gas or plasma cut profiles to exacting tolerances or as formed, drilled, or machined parts. It is of course also available as plate straight from our stocks.

Utilised in applications such as tipper bodies, cutting edges, crushing machinery, and excavator buckets, abrasion resistant plate from Brown McFarlane is sourced from Western European steel producers and is available in 400, 450, and 500 Brinell hardness.

We stock Abrazo plates manufactured by Tata Steel as well as proprietary brands from other steel plate manufacturers.

Stock Size Range

Plate thickness: 3 mm up to 150 mm

Plate size: up to 12000 mm x 3000 mm

For all available sizes download our brochure

Fabrication of Abrasion Resistant Steel Plate

Abrasion resistant steel plate can be easily welded and fabricated but its high hardness and strength compared with mild steel means that it should be treated with some caution. We have provided information which is intended as a basic guide to various fabrication methods. Please click here to view this. If you require more detailed advice on welding, machining, or forming then please contact any one of our offices.



Plate Cutting

Plate Processing

  • Weld preparations
  • Grinding
  • Drilling and tapping
  • Pressing
  • Machining
  • Shotblasting and painting
  • Rolling
  • Rolled shells
  • Dished ends
  • Clad plate


Abrasion Resistant Steel PlateAvailable in 400/450/500 Bhn in thicknesses 3-150mm in plates up to 12m x 3m. 

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Fabrication of Abrasion Resistant Steel

Flatness Tolerances for Plates to BS EN10029

Tolerances on Thickness to BS EN10029