In this work we consider several semilinear damped wave equations with “subcritical” nonlinearities, focusing on studying lifespan estimates for energy solutions. Our main concern is on equations with scale-invariant damping and mass. By imposing different assumptions on the initial data, we prove lifespan estimates from above, distinguishing between “wave-like” and “heat-like” behaviours. Furthermore, we conjecture logarithmic improvements for the estimates on the “transition surfaces” separating the two behaviours. As a direct consequence, we reorganize the blow-up results and lifespan estimates for the massless case, and we obtain in particular improved lifespan estimates for the one dimensional case, compared to the known results. We also study semilinear wave equations with scattering damping and negative mass term, finding that if the decay rate of the mass term equals to 2, the lifespan estimate coincides with the one in a special case of scale-invariant damped equation. The main tool employed in the proof is a Kato's type lemma, established by iteration argument.
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