An element-by-element solution algorithm for systems of equations arising in applying the finite element method in solid mechanics was implemented on the loosely coupled array of processors (lCAP) parallel computer located at IBM Kingston. The element-by-element algorithm has previously been shown to be advantageous over direct solution algorithms for large problems on sequential computers. It also has the advantage that it can be implemented in parallel on machines such as the lCAP in a relatively straightforward manner. The results show that solution speedup efficiencies of approximately 95% can be readily achieved with this method, with no indication that the speed-up efficiency drops off as more processors are added. The implementation used is applicable to other coarse-grained parallel architectures in addition to the lCAP computer. © 1987.