Starting from the concept of invariant KAM tori for nearly-integrable Hamiltonian systems with periodic or quasi-periodic nonautonomous perturbation, the paper analyzes the "analogue" of this class of invariant objects when the dependence on time is aperiodic. The investigation is carried out in a model motivated by the problem of a traveling wave in a channel over a smooth, quasi- and asymptotically flat (from which the "transient" feature) bathymetry, representing a case in which the described structures play the role of barriers to fluid transport in phase space. The paper provides computational evidence for the existence of transient structures also for "large" values of the perturbation size, as a complement to the rigorous results already proven by the first author for real-analytic bathymetry functions.
- aperiodic KAM and Nekhoroshev theorems
- arbitrary bathymetry
- nearly-integrable systems