I am not saying that generating the mesh is very easy if thats really what you are thinking. We often use the h-adaptive or p-adaptive techniques to get a refined and acceptable mesh. Thats true for the static analysis. How about a frequency or a buckling analysis? Have you every tried using the h-adaptive and p-adaptive mesh for these two studies ? I tried too and did not succeed. However, if you complete the static analysis with the required type of adaptive technique and copy the mesh onto the frequency or buckling analysis, it would let you copy the mesh. Its true that the displacement values obtained from the mode shapes of these two respective studies do not mean much but those of you who would like to use the required adaptive technique, this is the way to go. Well, that was easy.
Another technique I want to share with you is applying the Mesh control. The way you start any study is to first define materials, apply contact conditions, apply loads, generate mesh and run the analysis. This order is very useful when you want to apply the mesh control. Consider faces between any two parts for which the contact set has been defined. If you want to apply a refined mesh control on these two faces, you would pick them one after the other, right ? Some times, this can be painful when you try to hide one part and select the face and repeat the same process for the other face selection. You can also use the "Select Other" option but that can be painful as well with too many clicks. Well, all you need to do is highlight the contact set from the Study tree and then right click on mesh and select mesh control. The faces for contact pairs have already been selected. Well, that was easy, isn't it ?