We, as Tata Steel, care about developing products that are tailored specifically to match your needs. With many years experience and expertise in steel production and as a pioneer in the path to sustainable steel, we not only have unique industry know-how, but also understand the kind of products our customers really need.
Our new durable and dependable strip product withstands heavy wear and maintains high-quality performance - even under the most challenging conditions. Valast® 450 is available in extra-wide dimensions and offers consistent flatness and premium surface quality.
Valast is delivered through a reliable local supply chain, which offers additional benefits such as shorter lead times and customised dimensions. In addition to product quality and a flexible service, we offer a close, dedicated partnership - our decades of steel expertise help you get the most out of Valast.
AR steel or abrasion-resistant steel differs from other types of steel in that it has a higher carbon content, which makes it particularly hard and wear-resistant. Thanks to the addition of special alloys, it remains formable and is weather-resistant. It is therefore particularly suitable for use in civil engineering, mining or agriculture and is used, for example, in excavators, concrete mixers, crushing and screening equipment or in refuse trucks.
As a material, wear-resistant steel does not follow standards as structural steel does, for example. Therefore, there is no uniform process for AR steel production, but it is usually heat treated. Ultimately the key feature is its hardness level, which is measured through a Brinell hardness test. The Brinell hardness (HB) for abrasion-resistant steel is between 400 - 600 HB, depending on the product. The higher the HB value, the harder the steel.
There are two recognised processes for producing AR steel. The most commonly used is the Reversing Mill Plate (RMP) process, where the steel is reverse-rolled through a Steckel mill until it reaches the desired thickness. The second process takes place through a wide hot strip mill. Due to the sheer scale of the rolling mill (around 800 m in length), it requires significantly more investment by the steel manufacturer, which is why this process is less widespread. However, it is not only more efficient than RMP, but also produces a steel strip products with better surface quality and greater consistency.
If you're searching for a wear-resistant steel for your own projects or customers, Valast offers...
How do they compare?
If you have experience specifying abrasion resistant (AR) steel, you probably know by now that it comes in two forms - hot-rolled strip steel or steel plate. And while you may already have a broad understanding of the differences, there can be a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Because of the different production processes for AR strip steel and steel plate, the end products can have very different qualities. The graphics on the left give an insight into how they stack up in some of the important areas - length, product consistency and surface quality.
Valast is available in 450 HB (Brinell hardness) and can be supplied to you in custom sheet lengths and with shorter lead times due to our robust local supply chain.
It is specifically designed for use in construction, mining and agriculture. You can rely on Valast even in the toughest conditions. As a hot rolled strip product, Valast offers a far superior surface quality compared to reversing mill plates in the 'as rolled' condition.
Valast - Brochure
Valast - Brochure (DE)
Valast 450 - Data sheet
Valast 450 - Data sheet (DE)
Valast 450 Strip vs Plate - Scorecard
Valast 450 Bandstahl vs Stahlblech — Scorecard
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