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Acoustic Environment of University Campuses in China

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This study aims to reveal the impact of the acoustic environment in enclosed university campuses, through a series of subjective questionnaire surveys in eight universities in China and acoustic measurements in Harbin City. The characteristics of indoor/outdoor sound sources, relationships between acoustic environment satisfaction, sound sources and mind-body growth rate, were examined. It has been found that “taking class in large classrooms”, “sleeping” and “thinking” rank among the top three easily disturbed campus activities while “watching TV/computer”, “sports” and “private conversations” rank among the top three activities that are less easily disturbed. Universities are seriously affected all day long by the surrounding roads off campus, with SPL higher than 60 dBA at 87% of all measurement points. The overall satisfaction with campus acoustic environment is low, with the students satisfied only representing 28%. Only 1/3 of the students on campus consider themselves having fast mind-body growth, and a certain influence from the acoustic environment has been shown.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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