This special issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics contains 19 articles originally presented at ENIEF 2004, the XIV Congress on Numerical Methods and Their Applications, held in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, on November 8–11, 2004. The first Congress in this series was held in 1983. Participation has grown consistently since then, with the 14th Congress attracting over 300 contributing participants—mainly from North and South America and Europe.

Some selected contributions to ENIEF 2004 were expanded and improved by their authors for consideration for this special issue. These submissions were then reviewed by the Guest Editors, and some were then sent out for external reviews. The usual ASME rules governing the selection of journal articles were applied throughout. The outcome of the review process is the 19 articles appearing in this issue.

The topics covered in this issue fairly represent...

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