By setting the maximum number of loops to 2, by copying the resulting solved study to a new one with those same settings, and by repeating this process ad nauseam, I now see that I can get access to all of the loop steps in such an h-adaptive solution. (What I can't seem to get in this case is the value of the convergence parameter after each loop is done.) I guess this is a step forward, but it's surely a tedious process! Is this really the best I can do?
I apologize for editing the name of this thread, but I wanted to make it more representative of my quandary. -- John Willett
>>1) How do I find out how many loops were run?
2) How do I get details on the mesh, such as what was the smallest element size? (I see that I can view an image of the mesh in Mesh/Show Mesh.)
3) How do I save the mesh if I want to use it in another simulation? (I see that I can re-use it as the starting point of the same simulation if I increase the accuracy criterion.)
4) If the specified accuracy criterion was not met, how do I find the final value of that variable?<<
In case anyone else cares, my VAR pointed out that
A) Right-clicking Results and selecting "Define Adaptive Convergence Graph" will give exactly what I was looking for -- a "time" series of convergence parameter, maximum stress, number of nodes, etc. throughout the looping process. This answers questions (1) and (4) above. It appears to work even after several iterations of my "manual" adaptive looping technique described above!
B) "Probe" works on the mesh and allows me to measure the dimensions of any element desired. This pretty much answers question (2). -- John Willett