# Steel Plate

Basic construction component. Purveyor of Hofstadter's Law; you will always need more of these than you expect, even if you account for Hofstadter's Law.

## Size & Weight

A single steel plate weighs 20kg, and is equal to 1 small light armor block. A small light armor block has a surface area of 6x(0.5m x 0.5m) = 6x(0.25m) = 1.5m^{2}.
Given these values, plus the generally accepted density of steel of 7.85g/cm^{3} [1], we can calculate the thickness (or "guage") of the steel plate using this formula [2].

`weight (kg) = density (g/cm`

^{3}) x thickness (mm) x width (m) x length (m)

Rearranging to obtain thickness:

`thickness (mm) = weight (kg) / density (g/cm`

^{3}) / width (m) / length (m)

`thickness = 20kg / 7.85g/cm`

- ^{3} / 0.5m / 3m*(using length = 3m, because this is equal to 6x 0.5x0.5 plates placed in a line)*

`thickness = 1.698514mm = ~1.7mm`

Theses calculations hold true for the large light armor block as well, where the 25-fold increase in steel plate count reflects the 25-fold increase in surface area.

It should be noted that the accepted definition of "steel plate" is steel with a guage greater than 6mm. Anything from 0.2mm to 6mm is "steel sheet" (<0.2mm is "steel foil"). Given that the steel plate in Space Engineers has a guage of around 1.7mm, it is actually "steel sheet", not "steel plate".

## Ship and Station part Recipes

These are ship and station part recipes that use Steel Plates:

Components |

Ammunition |
200mm Missile Container • 25x184mm NATO Ammo Container • 5.56x45mm NATO Magazine • Explosives |
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Base Components |
Bulletproof Glass • Girder • Interior Plate • Large Steel Tube • Metal Grid • Small Steel Tube • |

Electronics |
Computer • Detector Components • Display • Medical Components • Power Cell • Solar Cell • Superconductor Component |

Construction Components |
Construction Component • Gravity Generator Components • Motor • Radio-Communication Components • Reactor Components • Thruster Components |