Wear Plate Case Study: Recycled Glass Wash Boxes

Challenging wear resistant steel applications seldom have some combination of the four causes of wear:
• Abrasion
• Impact
• Corrosion
• Cavitation

Your application usually has a combination of these causes, with one causing the greater extent of the wear. Most common is some level of Abrasion mixed with Impact, in varying degrees.

Determining which of these sources is creating most of your wear, is why partnering with a wear resistant steel specialist will greatly reduce your time to success. Getting to the root cause makes the difference in resolving your challenge, or continually dealing with the symptoms.

The Challenge:
This was the situation with a recycling glass customer. Their existing wash boxes are the first place the quench water and process water return in the closed loop system to start cleaning the water. At this stage the water is carrying a lot of glass particles that tear up most wear plate.
Recycled glass is very abrasive on the recycling equipment. Chemical binders added for spinning the recycled glass into fiberglass for insulation are very corrosive. Most common wear plates cannot overcome this combination of abrasion and corrosion.
With over a dozen production lines, you can see how the continual required maintenance on this one item was a major labor issue.

What Had Been Tried:
The customer noted that once the wash boxes started wearing, it was a never ending battle to keep adding patches. The existing boxes were so destroyed they had temporary patches everywhere. The best solution was to install new wear resistant steel wash boxes.


This cullet wash box back had been patched so many times it had to be replaced. To handle the combination of abrasion and corrosion, JADCO fabricated the wash box, using Duracorr ® 300.

The Solution:
Duracorr ® 300 is dual-phase stainless steel, substantially more corrosion resistant than galvanized, painted or weathering steels.

The Results:
After installing with first two wash boxes several years ago, the customer has now replaced all of their wash boxes with Duracorr ® 300.

Hardness Comparison:
Duracorr ® 300 is heat treated to a nominal hardness of 300 BHN to handle the abrasion. Your advantage using Duracorr ® 300 over standard stainless steel in wear applications is the 300 BHN (Brinell) hardness to combat abrasion.

For comparison, the hardness of standard 304 stainless is listed as 70 Rockwell B, which translates to 123 BHN or just 41% as hard as Duracorr ® 300.

Fabricating: Duracorr ® 300 can be formed to shape and readibly cut with plasma.

Welding Duracorr ® 300 to itself and mild or stainless steel is easily done with the correct welding alloys.

Duracorr ® 300 Applications Include:
• Coal and Ore Cars
• Salt Truck Spreaders
• Fertilizer Storage Bins
• Sewage Plants
• Hoppers and Bins For Grain, Sugar Beets, Manure, Etc.

JADCO stocks Duracorr ® 300 in the popular ¼”, 3/8” and ½” thicknesses for your corrosion and abrasion requirements.

NOTE: Duracorr ® 300 was developed by and is a registered trademark of ArcelorMittal USA, the manufacturer of Duracorr ® 300. As we are dedicated to combat wear for our customers, we do not stock Duracorr ® 50.

For the last 41 years JADCO has focused exclusively on delivering consistent, longer life for our customers.

Now you understand why JADCO delivers better results for our customers. We think differently by focusing only on your results.

Allow us to help you today by calling (724) 452-5252, or email

We will schedule a meeting with one of our local wear plate specialists at a time that best fits your schedule.

Remember, the only thing you have to lose by not working with JADCO, are your profits.

When your usual wear plate gives out, give JADCO a shout!

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