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Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 632309, 6 pages
Analysis of Fractal Wave Equations by Local Fractional Fourier Series Method
1School of Mathematics and Statistics, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061, China
2Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cankaya University, 06530 Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80204, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
4Institute of Space Sciences, Magurele, 077125 Bucharest, Romania
5Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221008, China
Received 12 May 2013; Accepted 13 June 2013
Academic Editor: H. Srivastava
Copyright © 2013 Yong-Ju Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The fractal wave equations with local fractional derivatives are investigated in this paper. The analytical solutions are obtained by using local fractional Fourier series method. The present method is very efficient and accurate to process a class of local fractional differential equations.
Fractional calculus deals with derivative and integrals of arbitrary orders . During the last four decades, fractional calculus has been applied to almost every field of science and engineering [2–6]. In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in fractional differential equations . As a result, various kinds of analytical methods were developed [8–18]. For example, there are the exp-function method , the variational iteration method [9, 10], the homotopy perturbation method , the homotopy analysis method , the heat-balance integral method , the fractional variational iteration method [14, 15], the fractional difference method , the finite element method , the fractional Fourier and Laplace transforms , and so on.
Recently, local fractional calculus was applied to deal with problems for nondifferentiable functions; see [19–26] and the references therein. There are also analytical methods for solving the local fractional differential equations, which are referred to in [27–34]. The local fractional series method [32–34] was applied to process the local fractional wave equation in fractal vibrating  and local fractional heat-conduction equation .
More recently, the wave equation on the Cantor sets was considered as [21, 28] Local damped wave equation was written in the form  and local fractional dissipative wave equation in fractal strings was 
In this paper, we investigate the application of local fractional series method for solving the following local fractional wave equation: where initial and boundary conditions are presented as The organization of the paper is as follows. In Section 2, the basic concepts of local fractional calculus and local fractional Fourier series are introduced. In Section 3, we present a local fractional Fourier series solution of wave equation with local fractional derivative. Two examples are shown in Section 4. Finally, Section 5 is devoted to our conclusions.
2. Mathematical Tools
In this section, we present some concepts of local fractional continuity, local fractional derivative, and local fractional Fourier series.
Definition 1 (see [21, 28, 30–32]). Suppose that there is
with , for , and , . Then is called local fractional continuous at , where with .
Suppose that the function satisfies the above properties of the local fractional continuity. Then the condition (6) for is denoted as where .
Definition 3 (see [19, 20, 32–34]). Let , and let be -periodic. For , local fraction Fourier series of is defined as
where the local fraction Fourier coefficients are
with local fractional integral given by [21, 29–34]
where , and , , , is a partition of the interval .
In view of (10), the weights of the fractional trigonometric functions are expressed as follows:
Lemma 4 (see ). If and are constant coefficients, then local fractional differential equation with constant coefficients has a family of solution with two constants and .
Proof. See .
3. Solution to Wave Equation with Local Fractional Derivative
According to (19), for and we get Obviously , since otherwise .
Hence, we arrive at where is an integer.
Submitting (26) to (5), we have So, Let In view of (30) and (31), we rewrite We now find the local fractional Fourier coefficients of and , respectively, Following (34), we have such that Thus, we get the solution of (4): where with with
4. Illustrative Examples
In order to illustrate the above result in this section, we give two examples.
Let us consider (4) subject to initial and boundary conditions In view of (40), we have such that Hence, where In view of (4), our second example is initial and boundary conditions as follows: Following (40), we get Hence, we obtain So, with
We notice that fraction boundary condition is expressed as a Lebesgue-Cantor staircase function [21, 32]; namely, where is any fractal set and the fractal dimension of is . For the graph of the Lebesgue-Cantor staircase function (52) is shown in Figure 1 when fractal dimension is .
The present work expresses the local fractional Fourier series solution to wave equations with local fractional derivative. Two examples are given to illustrat approximate solutions for wave equations with local fractional derivative resulting from local fractional Fourier series method. The results obtained from the local fractional analysis seem to be general since the obtained solutions go back to the classical one when fractal dimension ; namely, it is a process from fractal geometry to Euclidean geometry. Local fractional Fourier series method is one of very efficient and powerful techniques for finding the solutions of the local fractional differential equations. It is also worth noting that the advantage of the local fractional differential equations displays the nondifferential solutions, which show the fractal and local behaviors of moments. However, the classical Fourier series is used to handle the continuous functions.
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