The effect of structural variability and local site conditions on building fragility functions

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Citation Formats
A. A. Sisi, M. A. Erberik, and A. Askan Gündoğan, “The effect of structural variability and local site conditions on building fragility functions,” EARTHQUAKES AND STRUCTURES, pp. 285–295, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: