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This symposium, organized by Professor T. Kawai with the assistance of Professor M. Kawahara, was a large and successful one with numerous important contributions giving evidence to the rapid development of finite element methodology in computational fluid dynamics. The updated and expanded contributions collected here represent a significant breadth of topics in the general field of finite element analysis of flow problems; moreover, the general level and depth of these works reflects a certain maturity of the field not so clearly evident in the past.

The computational mechanics community was saddened by the untimely death of their respected colleague, Professor K. Washizu. We are grateful for the opportunity to include in this volume one of Professor Washizuâ€™s last contributions to the field of finite elements for free surface flow problems.

Finally, we point to the significant advances in finite element methods for fluids that has taken place in only two years. The mathematical foundations of the subject have been greatly enriched, new powerful methods for high-speed and free-surface flows have been introduced, new and innovative computational strategies have been devised to take advantage of both minicomputers and large-scale vector machines, and a variety of exciting applications of the method to difficult problems have proved to be very successful. Some of these areas are dealt with in the present volume. Hopefully, the publication of these works will give further impetus to this developing field.

[See also: Finite element flow analysis, Proc. 4th int. Symp., Tokyo 1982 (1982; Zbl 0503.00009).]