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    Chequered plates have distinct raised patterns on the surface that gives them superior grip and prevents slipping. Used across walkways and bridges, the most common types of chequered plates are of MS (mild steel) and stainless steel. Based on their size and thickness, they can be used across a wide range of applications. Let us take a look at chequered plate unit weight, the calculation, and a sample of MS chequered plate weight chart.

    How to calculate chequered plate weight?

    It’s important as a business owner to understand how to calculate chequered steel plate weight for different projects. Chequered plates are used commonly in construction and vehicles (e.g., ambulance floors) and knowing how many steel plates are required will enable you to optimise resources and time. Let’s take a closer look at MS chequered plate weight calculations.

    The formula for chequered plate weight calculator is: Weight = Volume x Density

    However, since chequered plates have a raised surface due to the patterns made on them, chequered plate weight calculation is different from that of standard flat steel plates.

    To get the right measurements, follow the steps below:

    • Measure the length (l), width (w) and thickness (t) of the plate in metres and centimetres
    • Calculate the volume of chequered plates: Volume = (Base area + Pattern area) x Thickness
    • Multiply the volume with the density: Weight = V x D (e.g., density of mild steel is 7850 kg/m ³ or 7.8 gms/cm³

    A calculation example of 6mm chequered plate

    We understand the weight calculation from volume and density, let’s take the example of a 6mm chequered plate now.

    Here, our chequered plate measurements are as follows:

    • Length: 2m
    • Width: 1m
    • Thickness: 6mm

    For ease of calculations, we need to take uniform units of measurements.

    • Convert thickness to metres: 6mm / 1000 = 006m
    • Calculate base area: 2m x 1m = 2m²
    • Allow increase of 10% due to patterns, making the total area: 1.1 x 2m² = 2m²
    • Volume therefore is: 2.2m² x 0.006m = 0132m³
    • Arrive at the weight of 6mm chequered plates by calculating with the density of mild steel (7850 kg/m³): 0.0132m³ x 7850 kg/m³ = 62 kg

    This simple method illustrates how to find out the weight of the chequered plates in use. However, as you must have understood, the weight will change based on the dimensions of the MS chequered plates.

    Hence, it is recommended to use a chequered plate weight calculator or refer to a chequered plate weight chart for simplicity and accuracy.

    How to calculate chequered plate unit weight?

    The formula to calculate chequered plate unit weight is:

    Weight (kg) = Area (m²) x Thickness (m) x Density of steel (kg/m³)

    For a chequered plate with 3mm thickness (0.003m), the unit weight per square metre would be:

    Unit weight (kg/m²) = 0.003 x 7850 (kg/m³) = 23.55 kg/m²

    Note: In the previous section we explained how chequered plates have slight variations due to the surface patterns. While calculating chequered plate unit weight, we have not used the variations for simplicity.

    Weight chart

    The method to calculate MS chequered plate weight per square meter though easy, requires conversions to be made to uniform units. Moreover, any inaccuracy in taking measurements will also result in incorrect results.

    Whether you are using metals in steel fabrication or construction projects, it begins with accuracy of weight. We take a look at a sample chequered plate weight chart that provides weight of different chequered plates based on their thickness and standardising the width and length.

    Type of chequered plates: Mild steel

    Chequered plate thickness: 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm

    Width: 1m

    Length: 2m

    Density of mild steel: 7850 kg/m³ or 7.8 gms/cm³

    MS chequered plate weight chart

    Thickness Width Length Weight (kg/m³)
    3mm 1m 2m 47.1 kg
    4mm 1m 2m 62.8 kg
    6mm 1m 2m 94.2 kg
    8mm 1m 2m 125.6 kg
    10mm 1m 2m 157 kg

    *For simplicity, we have not considered variation in area

    MS chequered plate weight per square meter chart

    Thickness Width Length Weight (kg/m²)
    3mm 1m 2m 26.3
    4mm 1m 2m 34.8
    6mm 1m 2m 51.2
    8mm 1m 2m 68.6
    10mm 1m 2m 86.0

    The MS chequered plate weight per square meter chart is a simple break down of the weight of chequered plates. Whether you are using them for decorative purposes, floorings, or structural elements, this can be a good reference point for planning.

    It’s recommended, however that you take the latest weight chart from your steel supplier to ensure that the right weight plates are being procured.

    Things to keep in mind while calculating

    There are several factors that you need to keep in mind for accuracy and efficiency.

    • Material density: There are different types of steel used for making chequered plates. Though mild steel is the most popular one, stainless steel and carbon steel are also often used. Ensuring that you are using the right density of the metal is essential for accuracy in weight calculation.
    • Accuracy in dimension: The width, length and thickness are required to calculate the volume, which is then used to calculate the total weight. Inaccuracies in any one component will impact the overall weight of the plate.
    • Surface patterns: Since chequered plates have surface patterns, the overall weight is more when compared to standard plates. Ensure that you take the correction factor into account while calculating the weight and the price of chequered plates.
    • Unit conversions: Use uniform units for calculations, i.e., from mm to metres (by diving by 1000)
    • Speak with an expert: It is recommended that you take expert consultation before purchasing. An expert will be able to guide you as per your requirements.
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    Sohini Banerjee

    Sohini is a seasoned content writer with 12 years’ experience in developing marketing and business content across multiple formats. At Tata nexarc, she leverages her skills in crafting curated content on the Indian MSME sector, steel procurement, and logistics. In her personal time, she enjoys reading fiction and being up-to-date on trends in digital marketing and the Indian business ecosystem.