what is wear plate

What is chrome carbide wear plate: chrome carbide wear plates made a great economical replacement invention,its wear-resistant chromium carbide alloys with 4.5 to 5% carbon added to sturdy carbon steel substrates.

However, various significant refinements and strategies have occurred. And as of present, the range of overlay plate accessible includes chromium and tungsten carbide grades, which possess excellent resistance to abrasion, impact, and erosion even at both ambient and elevated temperatures. Meanwhile, in the more significant part of critical abrasion surroundings, the chromium carbide alloys are the primary profitable solution.

What is Chrome Carbide Wear Plate Alloy Chemistry

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The highest ordinary used alloy facing is a high chromium iron consists of precisely 1/3 of Chromium and in surplus of 4% combined carbon.

You are making this to correlate to WALDUN WED400 CCO plate with the chemistry of Chromium of 34.0%, carbon of 5.4%, Manganese of 3.5%, and the others at 1.3%, Balance Fe.

Meanwhile, this standard alloy can be changed in many different ways; it can improve the abrasion resistance while lowering the toughness, or the other way round. On the contrary, the matrix can be made harder by reducing the manganese to 1%, with some reduction in firmness. Also, further refinement may be accomplished by the addition of other alloying elements.


The substance that provides high chromium powder alloys with their capability to withstand abrasion is the establishment of primary carbides from a chemical compound of iron, Chromium, and carbon, or iron, Chromium, or carbide, which is also known as chromium carbide. Pure, high rate chromium carbide can be manufactured; however, it is costly for large-area preservation, so WALDUN makes use of mixed carbide, which involves both Chromium and iron. This makes up the primary carbide with the formula M7C3, where M specifies the mixture of metal and Chromium in the compound.


A standard (WED100) overlay alloy consists of a compound of chromium carbides in a matrix of a chromium iron-carbon alloy. The hardness of primary chromium carbides is proportionate of 1700HV correlate with. For instance, ordinary workshop steel files, with firmness of 600HV. In general, the hardness of these alloys can be calculated using a Rockwell hardness tester. Even though it neither measures the carbide or the matrix, it gives an agreeable general proof of the hardness of the alloy. An average value of being 54-60 HRc.


In the extension of chemistry, the most significant characteristic of the alloy overlay is its microstructure. Hence, when checked out under a microscope, the carbides will take the form of white substance against a dark background, that that’s the matrix. A perfect microstructure, for more excellent abrasion resistance, must have a dense array of needle-like carbides that, in cross-segment, look as slender hexagons with a small hole in the middle.

Moreover, whenever you notice an appearance of uneven shaped spots or avenues of white. Such as either ladder, fish-bone patterns, or central poles with rungs on any of the sides. This is a sure sign that the carbon content is beneath optimum for high abrasion resistance, but it has also improved impact-resistant properties.

Different chemical properties are shown below.

Chemical Analysis

Carbon 2.88% Chromium 16.70%
Manganese 2.03% Molybdenum less than 0.5%
Silicon 0.37% Boron 0.62%

The primary carbides which can be recognized by their crystalline arrangement. Hence, when cutting via a perpendicular plane, they take the shape of hexagonal. Not minding the angle of the cut, the primary carbides always form with a black cavity close to the middle, have sharp corners, and are well established with structures towards the dark matrix background.

This micrograph reveals an alloy of the lower optimum compound with no clear visibility for primary carbide structures. Most of the chromium content has clear visibility as white specks in the matrix. Lower carbides appear as the round or fish-bone pattern. Thus, this type of alloy is most appropriate for high impact implementation.

Chemical Analysis

Carbon 3.88% Chromium 26.40%
Manganese 2.55% Molybdenum less than 0.5%
Silicon 0.51% Boron less than 0.5%

Improving the carbon and chromium content leads to the formation of primary carbide structures, which takes shape as lighter hexagonal forms in a darker matrix.

Take note of the clear visible cavity inside each crystalline-arranged primary carbide.

Chemical Analysis

Carbon 4.88% Chromium 29.20%
Manganese 3.20% Molybdenum less than 0.05%
Silicon 0.43% Boron less than 0.5%

Meanwhile, this particular sample is the first that align within the advisable 4%to 5% carbon range, which indicates preferable primary carbide development. The arranged structures are well differentiated with ease from the dark matrix, with a perfect view of the display of primary carbides cut crosswise (it has smaller hexagonal shapes), lengthwise (it has the lengthy needle-like way, middle), and transversely (top right corner, having the hollow center represented as an elongated cavity). In addition, the density of the carbides, which occurs within the matrix material, is found at the lower end of the recommended 35% to 35% range.

Chemical Analysis

Carbon 4.78% Chromium 32.00%
Manganese 3.34% Molybdenum less than 0.05%
Silicon 0.47% Boron less than 0.5%

However, this micrograph exhibits the primary carbides as well defined and clear visibility occurring within the dark matrix substance. Also, rests assured that the elongated display of the middle cavity of each primary carbide crystalline structural arrangement when it is cut at an angle. The density is perfect within the recommended 35% to 45% range, with equal distribution, which helps give outstanding wear characteristics.

Chemical Analysis

Carbon 4.84% Chromium 31.60%
Manganese 3.09% Molybdenum less than 0.5%
Silicon 0.46% Boron less than 0.5%

Meanwhile, in this last sample, the primary carbide structures are at their highest density, which is within the range of 35% to 45% — thereby forming an alloy with the highest wear resistance without dealing with too much brittleness. Also, there is still an available ample matrix substance to hold the primary carbides in place. However, with the patterns of crystalline development at right angles, which can be seen with ease, alongside with the characteristics hexagonal crosscut shapes. Also, the overall ways in the form of needle-like and every one of them have a central cavity.

Take Note:

View the WALDUN Plate scope, and it gives comprehensive details of the properties of each alloy formulation and its appropriateness for specific service conditions.

What is chrome carbide wear plate appearance

Chromium Carbide Overlay Plates

The appearance of an overlay wear plate doesn’t indicate it’s resistance to wear. But it is mostly the less cosmetically appealing substances that have the proper mechanical properties.

However, when the carbon content of the overlay moves beyond the 4% range, then the facing becomes more and more viscous, which gravitates to be kind of uneven. However, it may still have some small holes, which happens to be elongated down to the base plate. For the majority uses, this absence of smoothness is insignificant.

Therefore, if a smooth surface finish is significant; for instance, when substance flow is analytical, more continuous surfaces can be manufactured by the use of the submerged arc welding process to deposit the overlay.


The presence of stress relief cracks is one more feature of a high-quality plate. Hence, this is different from the earliest perception, are even favorable to this material. The appearance of cracks in the hardfacing, at the proper frequency and spacing, enables the plate to be rolled, formed, and bent free from any impairment. Moreover, this feature is one of the critical trademarks of WALDUN’sWALDUN’s hardfaced plate patents.

What is Basic Applications


In applications, WALDUN WED200 common purpose chromium carbide overlay plate usually can provide up to a maximum of 20 times the life of carbon steel. Combined with its multiple purpose characteristics, this is the main aim why WED200 plate has become a great cost savings in the production of glass, aluminum, cement, asphalt, power, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, mining, steel and synfuels, as well as in dredging, oil refining, food and refuse processing, and many material-handling applications, such as scrape and steel recycling.

The steel manufacturing industry, for instance, needs to wear protection for hoppers, conveyor liners, and grizzly bears that fast wear away without hardfacing protection.

Hence in mining, the absence of hardfacing protection, critical components, for example, front-end loader liners, chute liners, and wear pads lose before the usual time their functionality due to the effect of silicious matter.

Moreover, the refuse processing plants make use of overlay products in their hydra- pulper liners and beaters, fan blades and liners, conical section wear liners, screw conveyors and troughs, baler liners, tub liners, flop gates, ash removal systems, and transfer points.

How Do You Order Wear Plates?

You can order wear plates the same way as how you order other pieces or parts for your machines.

If you have a company in mind, you can contact them via their email address or their hotline.

To make transactions easier, you can include everything in your email including:

  • The type of your business
  • The amount of wear plates you’re going to order; and
  • Region where your business is

Where Can You Buy a Wear Plate?

You can purchase wear plates from many different companies from around the world. But we here at Waldun will be able to accommodate to your needs.

We can provide and install abrasion resistant wear plates for your machineries or your equipment.

WALDUN Chrome Carbide Wear Plate

  • Chemical Composition: chromium carbide steel plate is a kind of wear-resistant alloy, with a lot of hard particles of chromium carbide deposited on the medium and low carbon base metal.
  • Standard thickness of chromium carbide plates mainly include: 3+3、4+4、5+5、6+4、6+5、6+6、8+5、8+6、8+8、10+5、10+6、10+7、10+8、10+10、12+5、12+6、12+7、12+8、12+10、12+11、12+12、14+6、14+8、14+10、16+6、16+8、16+10、18+6、18+8、18+10、20+6、20+8、20+10、30+10、40+10
  • Micro-structure: The volume fraction of Cr7C3 carbide in the metal lo-graphic structure of wear-resistant layer is more than 50% .
  • Hardness: According to the wear-resistant layer thickness, different usage, wear-resistant alloy surface hardness HRC56-65, the highest hardness of Chromium Carbide can be HV1800.
  • WEAR RESISTANCE: According to lab test for  wear resistance, WALDUN chrome carbide overlay steel is 20 times that of low carbon steel.  And 8 times that of heat treated wear resistant steel. Test data of surface wear resistance and 75% depth wear resistance of ASTM-G65A dry sand show that it has high wear resistance.
  • Chromium carbide overlay plate flatness: flatness control in ±3mm/M.
  • Chromium carbide overlay plate thickness : alloy layer thickness uniformity, thickness tolerance 0-0. 5 mm.
  • Other thickness chromium carbide wear plates can also be customized, welcome to inquiry.