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Acoustic comfort in large dining spaces

Chen, X; Kang, J; (2016) Acoustic comfort in large dining spaces. Applied Acoustics , 115 pp. 166-172. 10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.08.030. Green open access

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Abstract

This study carried out a questionnaire field investigation in two typical large dining spaces. The results suggest that the acoustic comfort of diners has an influence on the comfort evaluation of the overall dining environment, and background noise is an important factor affecting the acoustic comfort evaluation of diners. The role of various individual sound sources in background noise has been investigated, considering general background music, speech sound, activity sound, and mechanical noise, and it has been revealed that background music, other diners’ speech sound and tableware’s impact sound has a dominant impact on the acoustic comfort evaluation of diners. Compared with the existence of background music in background noise, diners’ acoustic comfort evaluation is higher than that without background music. The loudness, articulation, noise level and preference degree of various individual sound sources are factors which affect diners’ acoustic comfort evaluation on sound sources. In terms of demographic and social factors, gender and the frequency of dining out have a significant impact on diners’ acoustic comfort evaluation.

Type: Article
Title: Acoustic comfort in large dining spaces
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.08.030
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.08.030
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Acoustics, Large dining space, Acoustic comfort, Background noise, Sound source, NOISE, RESTAURANTS, SOUNDSCAPE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054788
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