General Structural Plate for Agricultural Vehicles

Global agricultural machinery market showed fluctuating trends from 2017 to 2020. The market scale experienced fluctuations during this period, but started recovering in 2021. Currently, the global agricultural machinery market size is about US$1306 billion and is expected to continue growing in the future. Agricultural machinery mechanization level is higher in developed countries, while Asia Pacific region (especially China) is accelerating the pace of agricultural machinery mechanization. Asia Pacific has become the largest agricultural machinery production region globally. Its developing countries have a large population and considerable agricultural economic development potential, continuously expanding demand for agricultural machinery. Intelligentization, greenification and high efficiency are the key trends for agricultural machinery manufacturing industry. Technologies like autonomous driving, remote monitoring and intelligent control are integrating with farm equipment, promoting the application of intelligent agricultural machinery equipment. The global agricultural machinery manufacturing industry is developing towards intelligentization, greenification and high efficiency, and will maintain a certain growth rate in the future.

Agricultural Vehicles

Structural plates for agricultural vehicles generally involve the frame and other key components. Let’s explore some common general structural plates for agricultural vehicles:

  • Frame: The frame is the backbone of an agricultural vehicle, supporting the entire vehicle. Agricultural vehicle frames are usually made of steel or other high strength materials to ensure sufficient load bearing capacity and durability. Frame design needs to consider loads, vibrations and impacts from uneven farmland roads.
  • Chassis: The chassis forms the base of an agricultural vehicle, including wheels, suspension system and drivetrain. Chassis design aims to balance stability, suspension comfort and sufficient ground clearance to adapt to different farmland conditions.
  • Cargo box: The cargo box of an agricultural vehicle is used to transport farm products, tools and other items. Cargo box design usually considers load capacity, slip resistance and durability.
  • Engine and drivetrain: Agricultural vehicle engines commonly use diesel power to provide adequate power output. The drivetrain includes transmission, drive shafts and differentials to ensure power delivery to wheels.
  • Other components: Agricultural vehicles also include other components like braking system, steering system, electrical system and tires. The design of these components requires consideration of safety, reliability and maintainability.

Regarding plate grades for agricultural vehicle structures, here are some commonly used standard plate grades for reference:

QStE700TM: This is a cold rolled hot dipped automobile structural steel produced by Baoshan Iron & Steel. Its chemical composition includes: C ≤ 0.12, Si ≤ 0.60, Mn ≤ 2.1, P ≤ 0.03, S ≤ 0.025, Ti ≤ 0.22, Nb ≤ 0.09, Alt ≥ 0.015, Mo ≥ 0.5, B ≥ 0.005. Sample tests show: yield strength ≥ 700 MPa, tensile strength between 750-950 MPa, elongation ≥ 131.

These plates are mainly used in automotive, agricultural machinery manufacturing, motorcycle and mechanical manufacturing industries. For example, in automotive manufacturing hot dipped pickled oiling plates can substitute for body panels and other components to reduce raw material costs. In addition, the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry has also developed rapidly in recent years, where cabin interior panels and windshields of agricultural vehicles can use pickled plates instead of cold rolled sheets to lower costs.

Please note these plate grades are for reference only – the actual selection should be based on specific design requirements and needs.

Of course, besides the aforementioned QStE700TM, there are other plate grades commonly used for agricultural vehicle structures. Here are some other potential options:

  • QStE380TM: This is a hot rolled pickled automotive structural steel with good weldability and formability. It suits frames, cargo boxes and other key components of agricultural vehicles.
  • SAPH440: This is a high strength hot rolled automotive structural steel with excellent tensile properties and impact toughness. It suits frames and chassis of agricultural vehicles.
  • HC340LA: This is a cold rolled continuously hot dip galvanized automotive structural steel suitable for body panels and other parts of agricultural vehicles.
  • DC01: This is a low carbon cold rolled steel suitable for cargo boxes and other parts of agricultural vehicles.

Please note that selecting a suitable structural plate requires consideration of multiple factors like loads, durability, cost and manufacturing process. It’s recommended to consult professional materials engineers or manufacturers during the design and selection process to ensure optimal performance and reliability. Contact us for more.