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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013, Article ID 407908, 6 pages
Research Article

Self-Adjointness, Symmetries, and Conservation Laws for a Class of Wave Equations Incorporating Dissipation

Institute of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Computations, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Zhejiang 310018, China

Received 17 February 2013; Revised 30 April 2013; Accepted 13 May 2013

Academic Editor: Qian Guo

Copyright © 2013 Yang Wang and Long Wei. 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.


In this work, we study the nonlinear self-adjointness and conservation laws for a class of wave equations with a dissipative source. We show that the equations are nonlinear self-adjoint. As a result, from the general theorem on conservation laws proved by Ibragimov and the symmetry generators, we find some conservation laws for this kind of equations.