The problem of a travelling wave in a semi-infinite channel over an arbitrary quasi-flat bathymetry is studied in the shallow-water formulation. It is shown how the streamfunction can be cast, in the vicinity of an elliptic equilibrium for the fluid flow, in the form of a nearly-integrable non-autonomous Hamiltonian with a perturbation which is aperiodic in time. The obtained model provides a natural example in the context of the aperiodically time-dependent Hamiltonian systems studied in Fortunati and Wiggins (2016) and the local stability of the perturbed streamlines is obtained as a consequence of this theory. The proofs use the tools of Perturbation Theory in the real-analytic setting.
- Aperiodic time dependence
- Nearly-integrable Hamiltonian systems
- Shallow-water equations