Laser-cut AR 500 Steel

Starting from $29

AR500 abrasion resistant steel plate is a high surface hardness metal which is excellent for excessive wear and high-impact applications.

This steel is commonly used for armor plating and targets. If you're looking for a metal with excellent resistance to slide wear and abrasion, look no further.

Available Thicknesses

Inches Actual Millimeters
.100 +/- .005" 2.5
.187 +/- .005" 4.7
.250 +/- .005" 6.3
.375 .373 +/- .005" 9.5
.500 .508 +/- .005" 12.9

The hardness range of our AR500 is 470/540 BHN with a nominal hardness of 500 BHN.

  • Our laser cut AR 500 wear plate products are typically designed for wear and liner applications.
  • We do not recommend AR500 for use in self-supporting structures or lifting devices.
  • Laser cut AR500 metal can withstand high-impact stresses, even at extremely low temperatures.

AR500 steel is one of the most abrasion resistant steels available. As you increase hardness, however, rigidity increases. This means that AR500 is not as easy to weld and form than other types of steel. 

  • Welding = Decent
  • Machining = Good
  • Abrasion Resistance = Super Excellent
  • Corrosion Resistance = Good
  • Forming = Fair (we do not offer forming for AR 500)
  • Yield Strength (Typical) ~215 Ksi 
  • Tensile Strength (Typical) ~240 Ksi 
  • Elongation (Typical) 8% (50.7mm thickness)

Welding AR 500

Welding AR 500 steel is possible, but can be challenging for even expert welders. Low-hydrogen-producing electrodes must be used when welding AR 500 steel. Where maximum strength of joining plates is not important, rod type AWS E7016, 15, or 18 should be used. If the weld joint is to be subjected to wear, finish the structural joint slightly below the surface and cap with an AR-specific rod or wire.

When higher weld strengths are required, electrodes of the AWS E90, E100 or E120 low hydrogen series should be used, depending on the strength levels required.

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