A series of research experiments under practical conditions has been conducted to develop a combustor for a small-class aircraft engine (with the pressure ratio of about 20). In the previous research experiments, including ignition and emission tests under atmospheric pressure, we applied a single airblast fuel nozzle and utilized the rich-burn quick-quench lean-burn (RQL) combustion approach. The combustor was tuned to show the behavior of the RQL under the atmospheric condition. In this paper, the results of single-sector combustor experiments under the practical temperature and pressure conditions are presented, in which RQL behavior is observed and NOx emissions in the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) LTO (Landing and Take-Off) cycle are reduced to 45% of the ICAO CAEP4 (Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection 4) standard. Also the results of successive multi-sector combustor tests to optimize combustion performances with a more practical combustor configuration under the practical conditions are presented. The emission characteristics which are obtained are compared with those of the single-sector tests, and combustor size and configuration, air mass flow ratio and air hole positions are tuned through a series of multi-sector experiments. After the optimization, the combustor achieved the following performances; NOx emissions are reduced to less than 42% of the ICAO CAEP4 standard, CO and THC (Total Hydrocarbon) are reduced to those of 2% and 50% respectively, the lean blowout limit is kept over 220 AFR (Air to Fuel Ratio) at the idle condition and the exit temperature profile at the full load condition is sufficiently uniform (P.T.F.<0.15). The process of optimization will be discussed in this report.

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