Note that you can change the reliability for total fatigue cracking and total transverse cracking which includes the cracking in the existing AC layer that reflects through the AC overlay and new cracks that develop in the overlay.
The reliability is set at 50 percent for new fatigue cracking in the AC overlay and new transverse cracks in the AC overlay. The reason the reliability is set to 50 percent is because it is impossible to separate new crack development in the AC overlay from the reflective fatigue and transverse cracks in the existing AC layer that reflect through the overlay. As such, the reliability is applied to the total fatigue and total transverse cracks which combines new crack development with reflective cracks.
To provide an answer to the second part of your question, more information is required. AC overlay thickness and the location of the site in terms of climate is important relative to version 2.3.1. If the site is located in the south or in a mild climate, version 2.3.1 will almost never calculate transverse cracks – they will be close to “0” when using the global calibration coefficient for transverse cracks.
If the AC overlay thickness is relatively thick, then it will take a long time for additional fatigue cracks to develop in the existing AC layer because the tensile strains are significantly reduced. The version to be released in July of this year has a coefficient for transverse cracks that is climate dependent.