The mechanisms by which the turbulent structure of an axisymmetric jet is modified by the presence of an acoustic excitation are examined. A model is described in which the excitation triggers instability waves at the jet exit. As these waves propagate downstream they extract energy from the mean flow and transfer it to the random turbulence. This results in an increase of the random turbulence levels and a more rapid mixing and spreading for the jet. It is shown that at high frequencies the presence of the instability wave may reduce the random turbulence levels. Numerical calculations are presented for both the radial and axial variation in the time-averaged properties of the flow as a function of excitation conditions. The calculations are compared with measurements of fluctuating velocity and pressure in a round jet. Reasonable agreement is found between the calculations and the measurements.
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