Predaricka Deastra

My main research interests are in the field of vibration control in civil structures under earthquake excitations, especially passive and semi-active devices.

I obtained my Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Civil Engineering from University of Andalas, Indonesia, in 2013, as the best graduate from the Faculty of Engineering. In the year after, I was awarded a full scholarship from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) to pursue Master of Science (MSc) in Structural Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK, where I graduated in November 2015. Then, I worked as a structural engineer in Bandung, Indonesia, until August 2016. During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I undertook focus research on the vibration control of buildings under earthquake excitations. Following my passion, I started my PhD in September 2016, with a full 4-years scholarship from LPDP, on the topic of development and optimization of inerters for vibration suppression in structures.

About my current research:

My research is focus on the development and optimization of inerter, particularly fluid inerter. Since its first invention in early 2000s, the inerter has been attracted many researchers to study its behaviour and its potential applications. The inerter applications were firstly limited to mechanical devices, such as vehicles and trains. Nowadays, researches on this area are going forward through wider objectives. In my research, the inerter system are specifically studied for the purpose of inerter application on civil structures to prevent structural damages caused by external excitations (i.e. earthquakes) that could result on a lot of deaths.