Protecting Against Severe Sliding Abrasion Damage in Haul Truck Bed using Wear Plates by NanoSteel Co.

The NanoSteel Company is an advanced materials company which has created a unique and proprietary portfolio of nanotechnology based and environmentally friendly steel alloys that greatly increase the value of steel in most of today’s industrial applications.

Product success has been through the development of Super Hard Steel® (SHS) alloys which feature nanoscale microstructures. SHS alloys are for use as metallic coatings within power generation, mining, cement, concrete and oil & gas industries.

Applied by thermal spray and weld overlay processes, NanoSteel SHS alloys dramatically increase the service life of industrial components subject to wear and corrosion environments, eliminating the need for costly alternatives and environmentally dangerous chrome plating.

Severe Sliding Abrasion Damage in Haul Truck Bed

A NanoSteel® overlay wear plate was installed in October 2007 in the bed of a 240 ton haul truck in service at a hard rock mine in the Southwest USA. The NanoSteel wear plate was installed as a side-by-side comparison to a 500 Brinell wear plate at the rear section of the bed which receives the greatest amount of wear damage from severe sliding abrasion.

Minimal Wear to NanoSteel Plate After Hauling 1.2 Million Tons

A performance inspection of the NanoSteel wear plate in March 2008 after hauling 1.2 million tons of ore revealed very little surface wear with the weld texture remaining clearly visible.

Nanosteel plate (9'×8') at installation in October 2007.

NanoSteel plate in March 2008 after hauling 1.2 million tons.

Minimal Wear to NanoSteel Plate After Hauling 3.2 Million Tons

A second inspection in September 2008 after hauling 3.2 million tons of ore revealed minimal wear to the NanoSteel wear plate. In contrast, the 500 Brinell wear plate had worn into the heads of the bolts securing it to the truck bed. The NanoSteel wear plate had significant lifetime remaining while the 500 Brinell was due for replacement. The NanoSteel wear plate also survived without failure after direct impact with a shovel dipper which resulted in a large dent in both the wear plate and underlying truck bed.

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