Definition of pressure hull in US English:

pressure hull


  • The inner hull of a submarine, in which approximately atmospheric pressure is maintained when the vessel is submerged.

    • ‘The pressure hull was going to crack sooner or later.’
    • ‘The Virginia class does not have a periscope that penetrates the pressure hull but relies on digital cameras connected to the control room via fibre optic cables.’
    • ‘Most of the wooden decking had been lost over time to expose the machinery that is fixed onto the pressure hull under the decking.’
    • ‘No damage was reported to her pressure hull or reactor system, although two crew members were slightly injured - one with a broken nose and the other with a back strain.’
    • ‘The pressure hull of the 667B submarine consists of ten compartments.’
    • ‘All other openings in the submarine's pressure hull have been sealed, presumably during the salvage attempts, so this is the only opportunity to go inside the wreck.’
    • ‘Additionally an escape hatch in the forward and after compartments of the pressure hull were fitted, an innovation which saved many lives during the war.’
    • ‘Presumably the pressure hull had held, more or less.’
    • ‘The outer hull has gone, leaving the pressure hull on view.’
    • ‘The torpedo's tubes are wrecked, and if they'd been so badly damaged as to crack the pressure hull (which they penetrate), the situation would have been dire.’
    • ‘It will have a three-man crew, and the pressure hull has two hatches - one to transfer people from the stricken submarine and the other to allow access to a decompression area.’
    • ‘Here you will find the remains of the pressure hull of the first U-boat, with other fair-sized pieces of wreckage close by.’
    • ‘The object of an anti-submarine (A/S) weapon was to pierce or rupture a submarine's pressure hull and let the submariner's worst enemy - the sea itself - make the kill.’
    • ‘As with other Russian submarines, the Oscar features a double hull, comprising an inner pressure hull and an outer hydrodynamic hull.’
    • ‘Nuclear submarine HMS Trafalgar grounded off the Isle of Skye in November last year, damaging equipment on the hull but leaving her pressure hull and reactor system unharmed.’
    • ‘These were outside the pressure hull and could not be reloaded underwater.’
    • ‘The Type 214 will have an increased diving depth of over 400m, due to improvements in the pressure hull materials.’
    • ‘The passenger section of the pressure hull is a 1.85m transparent acrylic sphere, offering the prospect of a spectacular all-round view.’
    • ‘The use of high-tensile steels has reduced the weight of the pressure hull, allowing a larger load of fuel and ammunition.’
    • ‘Still 8m off the 42m seabed, we finned over the deck gratings above the pressure hull.’