When doing the first training lesson from the SolidWorks Simulation manual, the results summary table (on page 64 of the 2009 book) is meant to illustrate the impact of the model discretization, or element size, on the data of interest. In this example, the max displacement changes only in the fourth decimal place while the max von Mises stress changes much more. In general, this same trend is true:

**displacement will always be the most accurate value**calculated in a static analysis, thus discretization has a minimal effect, whereas**stress is the least accurate value**. If you have ever wondered why, I will try to explain:What is being solved in a structural analysis as the unknown is the displacement, the vector equation given as: {u}=[K]^-1{f}. Its accuracy is of the same order as the order of the element, so a high quality mesh will yield 2nd-order accurate displacements. A derivative is taken to calculate the strains, thus lowering the order by 1, so for high quality elements is 1st-order accurate. More calculations are done to the strains to scale them by the elastic modulus and averaging the Gaussian points to nodal values (or element values), so error is introduced in this process, but its order of accuracy is maintained, so for high quality elements stress is 1st-order accurate. So you can see that stress values are always the least accurate quantities and why extra care should be taken in obtaining accurate stress results.

Here is a flowchart type of order of calculations to illustrate this a little better: