Unsteady heat release of stratified swirling flames in a partially premixed pre-vaporized combustor at elevated pressure and temperature is experimentally investigated. Stratified flames produced by a pilot swirler and a main one which are fueled by different flow rates of aviation kerosene. Three fuel staging ratios (SR) of 25%, 30%, and 35% are tested to study its effect on the heat release of stratified flame. CH* chemiluminescence emissions are recorded by a high speed ICCD camera with a 430±10 nm band-pass filter. The Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) analysis is employed to identify the most prominent energetic modes of flame fluctuations. Test results show that the low frequency fluctuation of the flame global heat release is weakened as the SR decreases while the high frequency fluctuation is enhanced. According to the analysis of average heat release of the flame, SR affects the structure of flame by changing the flame angle. The stratified flame dynamics mainly performs the bulk motion, asymmetric motion, and flame shedding. It is found that the flame bulk motion modes contain higher energy than those of other modes. While the other two lower energy modes would transit from asymmetric motion to flame shedding mode as the SR decreases. From the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis, the low frequency fluctuation of global heat release is dominated by modes of higher energy, while the high frequency fluctuation is related to all the modes.

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