when running don't let it demesh
disable mesh refinement
in in my head this should work
but if you are running transient, will the solution adaptive mesh really be true to the transient solution if it was found for the steady state?
Copy mesh - what files do I need? Is it just the .cpt file, or do I need the other ones too?
After thinking more about this, I really only want the mesh - I want the conditions to develop from time zero. I think using the solution adaptive mesh is probably fine as long as the refinements are in the correct spatial regions. It would be like running the simulation with a level 7 mesh everywhere, even if you only needed level 3 over 90% of the computational domain.
I wound up creating seven local initial mesh regions based on what I saw in the solution adaptive mesh and running the simulation again. I may try the mesh copying if I can get it to work and compare the solutions to see which better matches the physical measurements.
the clone study option has a "copy mesh" option
and if you use that option and don't enable any transferred conditions you should get what you want
not sure if you're on 2015 but there is also local solution adaptive meshing but your method should be pretty good